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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The nomenklatura class of the Tokugawa period rested on a politically apathetic
rural populace , largely unseen by the élite and never won over to an active belief
in the goodness of Tokugawa rule . Various sources , including European ...
He himself , long imprisoned by court officialdom , never made any public
statement about his motives in the first half of this century , except for a formal
reference in 1981 , when he declared that he had not been able to prevent the
The result was a series of negotiations that never focused on the main issues but
dealt with symptoms instead of causes . " Political and diplomatic considerations
have done much to confuse the situation . To demonstrate success in ...
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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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The Japan Problem
The neglected role of power
The Elusive State
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