American understanding of Japanese character and purpose has been tenuous at best. We have repeatedly underestimated Japan in the realm of foreign policy. Now as Japan shows signs of vitality and international engagement, it is more important than ever that we understand the forces that drive Japan. In Japan Rising, renowned expert Kenneth Pyle identities the common threads that bind the divergent strategies of modern Japan, providing essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how Japan arrived at this moment—and what to expect in the future.
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Reischauer, dean of Japan studies in his day, returning to academia after five years as ambassador to Japan in the 1960s, called it “a subject of bewildering complexity and also vagueness.” He added: “It is hard to come to grips with and almost impossible to pin down in fixed words.” In Japan Ris...Aug 16 2007 | Read Full Review of Japan Rising
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