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Science and Technology in Japan (Guides to World Science & Technology) Hardcover – November 17, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-1860670121 ISBN-10: 1860670121 Edition: 3rd

 
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  • Series: Guides to World Science & Technology
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Harper Publishing; 3rd edition (November 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860670121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860670121
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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This book is, so far as I can tell, a transcription of the brochures from various S&T organizations in Japan. There is no analysis, no attempt at reporting, and indeed not a single idea advanced by the author in the whole thing. As such, it is beyond mediocre. Add to this the fact that the brochures were from the period where the world thought that Japan was economically ascendant - so the reader is served pure syrupy rhetoric from the period, when people seemed to believe any nonsense that was claimed - makes it utterly worthless to anyone but a cultural historian. (That was called "tatemae", the idiotic official version that had nothing to do with how things really worked.)

This is the product of a lazy, arrogant journalist who was utterly clueless about what he was transcribing. I can only guess that he did it for the sake of advancing his career on the assumption that no one would ever read it.
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