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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There is reason to suspect regular miscarriages of justice caused by the
prosecutors ' nearly unassailable position , since being openly contradicted in
Japan entails a loss of face . As one prominent Japanese legal scholar has noted
, the ...
... household agency refused to permit gold coins issued by the government to
commemorate the sixtieth enthronement anniversary to carry the emperor ' s
portrait . He has never appeared on any coin or stamp for the openly stated
Order through ritual This prevalence of ritual – instead of the substantive
discussion and appeal to reason that to outsiders would seem to be more
beneficial to the protesting parties – is characteristic of Japanese conflict on a
smaller scale as ...
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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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