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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49 Though sometimes embodied in very far - fetched hypotheses , nihonjinron
nevertheless gives expression to widely held popular beliefs . Japanese readers
may dismiss what they think are exaggerations yet still be confirmed in their core
Very little serious writing by Japanese on anything relating to their society is
entirely free of nihonjinron influence . It is also amazing how much nihonjinton
has crept into assessments by foreign authors . The possibility of coercion or ...
The belief in the uniqueness of the Japanese language is important for
nihonjinron practitioners in general , who like to furnish new evidence of
Japanese uniqueness by contrasting the delicate nuances and connotations of
Japanese words ...
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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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