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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How things are supposed to be tends to coincide , of course , with the immediate
interests of one ' s group . For the past four centuries the Japanese people have
been told to consider socio - political loyalty as the supreme virtue . The result ...
13 The same things that led Lafcadio Hearn and Ruth Benedict to make such
strong statements still lend vehemence to discussion of Japan today . Westerners
still repeat Hearn ' s excited discovery of the topsy - turviness of it all . And Ruth ...
To make things even easier , the Japanese have a relevant terminology : tatemae
, or the way things are presented , ostensible motives , formal truth , the fašade ,
pretence , the way things are supposed to be ( often wrongly translated by ...
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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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