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Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle: The Rules of Scandal in Japan and the United States

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A leader of a global superpower is betrayed by his mistress, who makes public the sordid details of their secret affair. His wife stands by as he denies the charges. Debates over definitions of moral leadership ensue. Sound familiar? If you guessed Clinton and Lewinsky, try again. This incident involved former Japanese prime minister Sosuke Uno and a geisha.

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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 15th 2007 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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David
May 08, 2010 David rated it it was amazing
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For me, this book took a while to get going--too much scholarship and too little scandal early on, I suppose. However, once author Mark D. West had finished setting the table in the book's second section (titled "Players"), I found Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle: The Rules of Scandal in Japan and the United States almost as enjoyable as his wonderful Law in Everyday Japan: Sex, Sumo, Suicide, and Statutes. West is a lively, witty writer, and Japanophiles will find much of interest in both books.
Walter
Mar 20, 2007 Walter rated it it was amazing
The most awesome and unlikely, indeed really obscure book i've read in a while. this book is an academics study of comparative scandals and why they play out so differently in american and japanese culture. it may sound weird, but if you are like me you don't read a lot of comparative cultural studies and this is a great one.
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Jan 30, 2013 Jason Keenan rated it really liked it
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A great look at group culture in Japan though comparing how the law and society respond to scandals in the business, political, and entertainment worlds. And it's interesting to see the evolution towards western ideas (which may not be a good thing) that is happening over time.
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