The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation
In this brilliantly authoritative book, Karel van Wolferen unravels the confusions and misperceptions the West has about Japan and can no longer afford to maintain.
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military draft, since they had failed to check the emancipation of the masses.6
Even though the different cliques among the 'emperor's servants' were engaged
in unceasing rivalry, their opinions were mostly unanimous with regard to social ...
The most famous slogan of the Meiji period was 'fukoku kyohei', 'rich country,
strong military', and the response to the real or imaginary external threat was an
effort to make Japan invincible. Industrialisation at a furious tempo was taken for
It was also the harbinger of Japan's military-political aspirations in Asia, and as
such led to the conflict with China that helped trigger the Manchurian Incident.
Besides the railway, Mantetsu ran coal-mines, steel works, warehouses,
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While the author seems biased by his own negative experiences as a foreigner trying to work in Japanese media, his severe critique of the weakness of Japanese leadership has been confirmed by events to a considerable degree. Read full review
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