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4.0 out of 5 stars Penetrating, 16 Feb 2014
This review is from: Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival (Hardcover)
This is a thoughtful analysis of an inscrutable world which generates real warmth for this unique place. Well judged mix of politics and cultural references makes for an enjoyable lesson in the powerlessness of state. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book says it all!, 6 Mar 2014
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It was the Best book to read about Japan for non- Japanese as well as the Japanese to rediscover their country!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really informative, 12 Feb 2014
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I know relatively little about Japan and was looking for a quick bit of background reading to give me some sense of the country and its people and I found this book did just that. Really clearly written and not difficult to read. I would give it 5 stars but got a bit bogged down in some of the more technical economic sections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, intelligent and balanced, 6 May 2014
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David Pilling has a great perspective on the country covering the issues from several angles and using Japanese perspectives to illustrate the arguments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Achievement - Putting Japanese History In Context, 8 April 2014
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This book is an enthralling read. David Pilling clearly knows Japan intimately and although he has huge affection for the country his analysis does not avoid some difficult questions. He is even handed with both the country and its people, drawing significantly on how Japan recovered from the earthquake in 2011.

In addition, as the author points out, Japan is some way ahead of the curve in dealing with the challenges faced by post-affluent societies. In the UK we can learn a great deal from what Japan has experienced in economic and social terms in the last twenty years.

Bending Adversity is written in a fluent style that manages to make both an interesting yet easy read.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incisive and balanced analysis of contemporary Japan, its foibles and forces, 4 Mar 2014
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Jean-Pierre Lehmann (IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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Really excellent, indeed outstanding. The “big picture” is complemented by multiple encounters of people with different backgrounds, personalities, ideas, demonstrating so well the point the author makes makes that, yes, there is diversity in Japan, even if it is sometimes not easy to discern! Actually there may be more diversity and individuality among the “little people” than the elites whose education system provides them with the proverbial rod to insert up their backsides. It is a very affectionate perspective on Japan, that is quite clear, while at the same time unrelentingly criticising what there is to be criticised, especially on the xenophobic and revisionist fronts. Pilling has achieved difficult-to-achieve balance.
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