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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that provided the ideological underpinnings of the Japanese empire from the late
nineteenth century until 1945) never developed philosophical or moral doctrines.
Even when such philosophical and moral teachings were imported from China, ...
The idea that power must be subjected to moral ends eventually leads, in
European history, to concepts of the sovereignty of the people. 16 By the time of
the Renaissance and Reformation, when political and religious conflicts were
However much the Japanese emulated the Chinese in other things, and however
much Japanese power-holders craved obedient subjects, they were not
interested in trying to produce moral citizens by invoking paramount abstract
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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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