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
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 ...
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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The Japan Problem
The neglected role of power
The Elusive State
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