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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In the Western tradition, intellectual probing of the socio-political environment is
allowed and sometimes encouraged; the Japanese tradition requires emotional
trust. Japanese are conditioned to accept as natural the unequal tie to a social ...
The poverty of the Japanese intellectual tradition is reflected in that
unenthusiastic institution, the Japanese university. Perhaps the most striking
characteristic of Japanese students is their general apathy. It should not surprise
anyone. My own ...
fucianism does, after all, resemble the transcendental traditions of Christianity,
Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. ... The Chinese individual can draw
upon a tradition that instructs him not to surrender his moral judgement to society.
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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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If you want to understand Japan and the Japanese this book is a must read Read full review
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