Five Gentlemen of Japan: The Portrait of a Nation's by Frank Gibney

By Frank Gibney

This vintage account of the makers of "New Japan" tells the existence tales of a journalist, an ex-Navy vice-admiral, a metal employee, a farmer, and Emperor Hirohito. Frank Gibney used to be a wartime U.S. army intelligence officer who turned Time journal correspondent throughout the American profession of Japan. He went directly to be a huge interpreter of Japan to americans and the US to jap, often called a educated, genial presence within the PBS sequence Pacific Century.

In the past due Nineteen Forties and early Fifties, Japan used to be a negative, damaged, and afflicted society. Many in either Japan and the West assumed that it should regularly be so. yet Gibney suggested on Japan in such telling and readable aspect that we will be able to see during this e-book either the now forgotten surroundings of that point and the root for the "Japanese miracle" to keep on with.

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Every morning, in the elevator of the Asahi building, Yamazaki cannot escape an obligatory round of hieratic bows and salutations as he recognizes his bosses or fellowemployees. In his relations on the newspaper, and with business acquaintances, he exercises a circumspection and a consciousness of rank and position that no American or European of his views and status would think of. He would like Japan to have a real system of social equality, without these shadings of position that dominate every Japanese social circle.

The Emperor is the institution which gives a moral sanction to the contracts and stamps the web society with a seal of permanence. Japanese have never believed that he was a "God" in the Western sense. " This does not imply obvwus superhuman powers. It bases itself on a faith that the Emperor, descending in an unbroken line from the founders of Japan, who were gods, expresses the principle that Japan is a divinely inspired nation with a divine mission. It insists that the Emperor, as a result, can do no wrong.

The poor and oppressed were moved by its insistence on the absolute equality of all men. Jesuits preached to the outcasts, the landless peasants and the slaves.

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