Review by Booklist Review
In a follow-up to his study of Japanese society, The Japanese (Booklist 73:1393 My 15 77), Reischauer has retained much of that book's purely historical material, completely rewritten some chapters, and introduced new topics in a further investigation that reflects changes not so much in Japan itself as in the way it is perceived by the outside world. Economic influences receive the most attention as the author devotes an entire section of five chapters to ways in which business and management have been affected by the Japanese example. As before, Reischauer's treatment emphasizes the country's dichotomy as it has enthusiastically entered the international scene but has retained its national character of separation and isolation. Bibliography; index. JB. 952 Japan (CIP) 87-14904
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Review by Library Journal Review
A revised edition of The Japanese (1977; 1981) by eminent Japan scholar Reischauer. As before, the text begins with a sketch of Japanese history and society, with more, mostly new illustrations. A new section has been added on business, which provides useful criticisms and explanations of the often resented Japanese economic success. The last section, ``Japan and the World,'' expands on the themes developed in the earlier book on the continuing difficulties the Japanese have in their relationships with other peoples. An excellent survey for undergraduates and general readers. Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
A reworked and enlarged version of the scholar-diplomat's The Japanese, published a decade ago. Though, as Reischauer points out In his preface, Japan has become far more familiar to the general reader during the intervening years, there is much here that is obvious and textbookish. Dividing his material into six parts (The Setting; Historical Background; Society; Government and Politics; Business; Japan and the World), Reischauer is most successful when dealing with recent developments in Japanese society. But his insights into the Nipponese national character and the history and arts of the country seem shallow and shopworn (""The Japanese love group activities of all sorts""); ""Japan has none of the great regional and ethnic diversity of the United States""), though he does offer a suggested reading list for those seeking greater depth and originality. When discussing Japan's postwar economic burgeoning and its inherent strengths and weaknesses, how-ever, the author reveals his very real expertise in analyzing Japanese objectives and motivations. His strictures about the possibly far. reaching effects of the uniqueness of the Japanese language itself, for example, are freshly perceived and convincing. Enlivening anecdotes are kept to a minimum here, and the prose rolls over the reader in a veritable tsunami of words; one laments that a leading world authority on Japan and its people seems unable to make his knowledge of and love for his subject shine through the murkiness of his writing. Though contemporary sections may be of interest to scholars and businessmen seeking insights into Japan in the 80's, others will Fred the book a curious mixture of the familiar and the academic. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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