The Human Face Of Japan's Leadership: Twelve Portraits

Paperback | September 1, 1989

byMartin E. Weinstein

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One of the most prevalent and dangerous American misperceptions is the image of Japan as a faceless, impersonal, corporate entity. The Human Face of Japan's Leadership corrects this and presents a new perspective on the men who will lead that nation into the next century. In doing so, the author gives the reader a better idea of what makes these men tick, of the experiences which have shaped their values, and their views of Japan and the world. Weinstein conducted approximately 100 hours of taped interviews with 12 Japanese leaders in their 40s and 50s, including four members of the Diet, four bureaucrats, and four businessmen. These interviews form the core of the book: 12 biographical portraits, presented as oral histories and largely in the participant's words. These are individual, personal accounts which begin with family and regional background including childhood, youth in World War II, the Occupation, educational experiences, and views of Japan's future. These accounts also shed light on how the system of educational meritocracy and family interact to produce Japanese leaders. Japan's leadership includes a relatively high proportion of people, who while insiders and members of their Establishment, are at the same time knowledgeable and at ease in foreign languages and cultures. These "internationalized" leaders are committed to successful interaction with the outside world. Weinstein's book will help Americans gain a more accurate, balanced view of their most important overseas trading partner and ally in the Pacific.

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One of the most prevalent and dangerous American misperceptions is the image of Japan as a faceless, impersonal, corporate entity. The Human Face of Japan's Leadership corrects this and presents a new perspective on the men who will lead that nation into the next century. In doing so, the author gives the reader a better idea of what m...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:423 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 1989Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275933512

ISBN - 13:9780275933517

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?Weinstein, holder of the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., has done an excellent job interviewing 12 contemporary Japanese leaders, an even mix of politicians, civil service bureaucrats, and members of the business community. All are between the ages of 45 and 61, and thus are members of the younger generation' of Japanese leaders. All but one are men. After introductory sections, each interview covers a variety of topics, including personal life and education; wartime experiences; career development; and thoughts on Japan and the larger world community. The interviewees come across as urbane and highly competent, belying the prevailing stereotypes of the Japanese as insular and unimaginative and at the same time documenting an important reason for Japan's current economic success. Recommended for anyone interested in the leadership characteristics of present-day Japan.?-Library Journal