Straitjacket Society: An Insiders Irreverent View Of Bureaucratic Japan Masao Miyamoto

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Straitjacket Society: An Insiders Irreverent View Of Bureaucratic Japan by Masao Miyamoto
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A book that could have easily been called Games Japanese Play, Straitjacket Society delves beneath the surface of ready smiles and gentle manners to look at the underlying code of Japanese life, which is nowhere more apparent than in the halls ofMoreA book that could have easily been called Games Japanese Play, Straitjacket Society delves beneath the surface of ready smiles and gentle manners to look at the underlying code of Japanese life, which is nowhere more apparent than in the halls of power. Almost overnight Masao Miyamoto attracted worldwide attention by pointing out the arcane - and often archaic - code of life inside one of the worlds most powerful institutions, the Japanese bureaucracy.

Dont take vacations, dont be late, and dont initiate anything new are the three basic rules of survival, Miyamoto says, and to understand the implications of this attitude is to understand not only the Japanese bureaucratic monolith but Japanese society at large. His tales of life inside this secretive institution have struck a deep chord at home and abroad, where the American-educated Miyamoto is seen as the most trenchant insider critic of the Japanese establishment to come along in decades. Dr. Miyamoto joined Japans Ministry of Health and Welfare in 1986, after eleven years of practicing and teaching psychiatry in the United States.

Even so, he was not prepared for the realities he witnessed within the walls of the bureaucracy, where laws are drafted, politicians controlled, and Japanese policy irrevocably decided. In Straitjacket Society Miyamoto crosses every line of acceptable behavior within the closed society of the bureaucracy: he relentlessly questions, often in hilarious detail, the Japanese proclivity for groupism, voluntary overtime, conformity, insularity, suppression of individualistic tendencies, and the frantic need to maintain the status quo.

Breaking the code of silence, Dr. Miyamoto explores, in a way no outsider could achieve, the foibles and power-plays of this all-pervasive institution that controls everything from health policies to trade barriers. He creatively uses his penetrating knowledge of social psychology to analyze the group mentality prevalent in the Japanese bure



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