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For those who don't know Japan, either avoid this book, or read it with a very skeptical mind.
This book certainly focuses on the weaknesses, and it could lead a reader not familiar with Japan to the conclusion that Japan has little or no virtue.
Japan's isolation has not stopped with the end of the sakoku era and the opening of ports to foreign influences and exchange.
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I do not give out one-star ratings lightly. I read several books a week, rate them all on GoodReads, and this is the first one-star rating I've given out. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Proud American
The way the author describes Japan, you'd think that it was a third-world country. Relentlessly negative, he often contradicts himself, ranting about the loss of Japan's... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MY
First three chapters of the book on hikikomori, which are also used to describe the book as a whole, have absolutely nothing to do with the rest of it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jane
I don't read a lot of non-fiction. The only non-fiction I normally read is collections of personal essays, so this was a little bit of a struggle for me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ulianne
A critique of contemporary Japanese society which, the author opines, suffers in large measure for not having come to terms with its defeat in WWII. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Thomas Dunn
Much of the analysis is heavy handed and overstated, nevertheless the book is a worthwhile read if you are interested in the topic.Published 12 months ago by Zebuila Dean Shaffer