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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No elegant equation showing precisely how they relate to each other in their
shares of power is possible . The essential fact is that none of them can be
perceived as forming the apex of the Japanese power hierarchy . The
unnecessary state If ...
And , in the most general terms , the System , driven as it is by a myriad jinmyaku
, could not survive the political inspection made possible by consistent
application of the legal process . The System has so far been spared such
This notion of a unique sameness that makes compassionate bureaucratic rule
possible is also very important to the bureaucratic self - image . It is made explicit
in the instructions used for training bureaucrats : The organisational climate that ...
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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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