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Review :

Christopher Goto-Jones has made a very intriguing read here. His book examines Japan through the last 400 or so years, and does a rather good job of explaining concisely the reason Japan is the way it is now, especially in regard to the ambiguity of its identity and of Japan's lack of purpose now that its drive to overtake the West has largely already happened.

This is not so much a book about where Japan is going in the future as it is a critical look at where she is now, and that is a very refreshing experience in a world where it seems every vision of today is clouded by a plethora of opinions about where it should be, where it will go, etc. Just for that alone, it deserves five stars, but I also awarded it five stars because the author really brings across the difference of Japan from the Western nations and its unique history even from other Asian nations.


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