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 Management of Reality The discrepancy between theory and practice,
between how people say they have organised their lives and the way they
actually live, belongs to the human condition. Japan stands out amidst this
But in this case the minority parties would have screamed about the 'dictatorship
of the majority', which would have had an unfortunate effect on public opinion - or
(another sub-layer of reality) what the press would tell its readers their opinion ...
There is nothing like an air of unanimity concerning political events, of conveying
the 'voice of the people', for creating a convincing air of portraying reality.
Basically, the outside world receives its picture of Japan through one filter and, ...
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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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If you want to understand Japan and the Japanese this book is a must read Read full review
4 The Japan Problem
The Elusive State
An Inescapable Embrace
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