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Karel Van Wolferen – Quotes from The Enigma of Japanese Power

“if there is one nation whose predominant social and cultural idiosyncrasies can be traced back to political decisions that can clearly be seen in isolation from other influences, it is Japan” Karel Van Wolferen, The Enigma of Japanese Power pg 23

“It is almost an article of faith among Japanese that their culture is unique, not in the way that all cultures are unique, but somehow uniquely unique” Karel Van Wolferen, The Enigma of Japanese Power pg 18
 
“Perhaps no other country is so regularly examined by journalists and scholars for signs of impending change: not just the routine kind of change that may be expected in any society, but something basic, a change in the way people see themselves and consequently a change in the attitude of the entire nation towards the world. Implicit in most reports on the Japan-at-the-crossroads theme is the idea that Japan must change; the things setting Japan apart.., are… anomalous and temporary” Karel Van Wolferen, The Enigma of Japanese Power pg 19-20
 
“A government-sponsored publication spelled…out… that Japanese forms of social and economic management would ‘become universal in all advanced industrial societies'” Nakagawa and Ota, The Japanese-Style Economic System, described in The Enigma of Japanese Power  pg 20/21

“there is no place where… the buck stops. In Japan, the buck keeps circulating.” Karel Van Wolferen, The Enigma of Japanese Power pg 7

“The accepted view that Japan has always displayed great religious tolerance applies only where new religions or belief-systems have not been deemed a threat to existing political arrangements” Karel Van Wolferen, The Enigma of Japanese Power pg 13

“the time is gone when we were able to enjoy the often beautiful misunderstandings – and ignorance – of the foreigners” Kato Tsugio, Asahi Evening News, 20 January 1983, quoted in The Enigma of Japanese Power pg 14
 
“Japanese are treated by their school system and their superiors in the way a landscape gardener treats a hedge; protruding bits of the personality are regularly snipped off” Karel Van Wolferen, The Enigma of Japanese Power pg 30

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