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 neglected role of power There are four general approaches to the study of
human affairs, emphasising, respectively, their social, cultural, economic or
political aspects. Problems cannot of course be told what to do, and therefore will
The honne is strictly private, to be discussed and joked about over cups of sake.
Much maligned logic In any discussion of political and social circumstances, it is
logic that provides both steady points of reference and consistency. Its rules are ...
The dominating force there was Confucianism, a surrogate religion with roots in
social experience, and thus very suitable for Japanese power-holders.
Confucianist ethics were based on a very sophisticated understanding of human
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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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4 The Japan Problem
The Elusive State
An Inescapable Embrace
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