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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32 From the very start of the Meiji period , religion became an official concern .
The oligarchs ... A major figure among them , Ito Hirobumi , concluded that ,
because Japanese religions were feeble , some substitute had to be found . ” The
11 The System as Religion Since they consistently employ neither law , nor
religion , nor systematic articulate , intellectual inquiry as a means of evaluating
their sociopolitical arrangements , the Japanese have little choice but to measure
Communist ideology has frequently been likened to a religion , has indeed been
labelled a ' secular religion ' . Its religious characteristics are obvious ; it provides
a closed philosophical system , capable of explaining ' everything , which ...
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The Japan Problem
The neglected role of power
The Elusive State
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