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For centuries Japan, although a totalitarian dictatorship, was ruled by figureheads who signed laws formulated "behind the screen". Hierarchy still defines everyone's status. The man at the top has power but jeopardizes his position if he ignores consensus opinions. Nowadays fashionable 20th-century clothing cloaks a contradictory blend of intense competition with a tradition of harmony dependent on close human-relations and complex communal restraint. The Japanese organize themselves in cliques (not groups) which raise barriers against outsiders. Companies are controlled from within - shareholders are outsiders. Women are more than equal in their homes - less than equal at work. After living and managing his own business in Japan for 40 years, the author explored widely before coining the term "competitive communism" to describe Japan's economic and social system.
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Book Description The Macmillan Press Ltd, London, 1988. Paperback. Condition: Good. Paperback in good condition. Cover is lightly marked and shelfworn. The half title page and BEP are tanned. Binding is sound; all text is clear. CM. Used. Seller Inventory # 475481
Book Description Macmillan, Basingstoke, 1988. 8vo. pp xi, 201. Original publisher's red cloth, lettered gilt on spine. ISBN: 0333457269 Fine in fine dust jacket. Seller Inventory # C34637
Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 1988. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0333457269-2-4