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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Construction Ministry officials , like other Japanese bureaucrats , are ambivalent
about ' strong ' ministers . On the one hand , they want their department to be
nominally headed by an LDP politician powerful enough to help them get a larger
In the late 1980s such comments as these have a good chance , even , of being
labelled ' Japan - bashing ' by official spokesmen and the press . Blinding the
world Japanese officials , commentators and businessmen routinely appeal to ...
Under this system , plans drawn up by lower officials circulate among other
officials at ever higher levels , receiving their seals of approval . The appearance
of full participation is served , and those who are not in favour of the plan can ...
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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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