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Japanese Mind

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
An entertaining and thorough introduction to all things Japanese. Much has been written about Japanese management. But this is the first book to explain the people, the life, and the culture of that fascinating nation.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 12th 1984 by Ballantine Books (first published 1983)
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Jun 04, 2011 Vleegoodfellow rated it it was amazing
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Books that cover the external symbols of Japanese practice and production are countless. Lacking for readers, and what this particular volume serves wonderfully, is a look at the symbols buried deep within the Japanese psyche, that can't just be seen, but instead must be deciphered by a tactician, understanding how what is seen outside coalesces with what is believed inside.

Laying out and then pulling back these particular layers gives this book a certain timelessness. Although some of these cul
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Feb 26, 2016 D.M. Dutcher rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly deep book that isn't dated much at all. Christopher "got" the Japanese Mind almost 30 years ago, with a penetrating analysis of Japanese culture across all aspects. Explains things like the relation between sexes, the way education indoctrinates the group mentality, the love of Japan for the written word, the way education shapes students into being good Japanese with college as recess, and more. Very much unlike other books of its time, that viewed the Japanese as magical ...more
Nov 21, 2013 Nicole rated it it was ok
Interesting and well written, but a lot of the stats discussed were from the mid to late '70's. The results will probably be different 30 years later. I wouldn't recommend the book just because of that.
Mar 27, 2009 Curt rated it it was amazing
This book was my roadmap for interacting in Japan in 1987 when I lived there. A must read. *The* key to the psyche of a tribal behemoth.
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