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 yakuza are celebrated in ihe cinema and tolerated in the social landscape.
Just like the cowboy operating on the fringes of the law, the cinema yakuza often
champions the victims of injustice. Unlike the cowboy, however, he is never ...
But by brandishing the supreme and irrational principle of the "fatherhood" of the
boss, the organization can make members submit to anything.'30 Yakuza are
accustomed to protection from people in high places. Both before and after the
The police have also grown unhappy with the inter- nationalisation of the yakuza.
*0 The increased use of meta-amphetamines (stimulant drugs) smuggled by the
yakuza has undermined their general reputation still further.41 On top of all this, ...
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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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