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anyone know of this book?

Calling all old-school ex-pats: anyone know the name of the book (Japanese author) that complains about BUREAUCRACY AND THE INFANTILIZATION OF JAPAN?  

It was a Japanese book, published at around the same time as the "parasite singles" book, but it never got as famous.

Discusses how the government/society/The Man treats the populace like little kids (i.e. the announcements on loudspeakers informing you that the escalator will soon end, or that you shouldn't fall in front of the train).

Any help you could give me tracking down this book or ones like it would be really appreciated!

 

Rock on.

 

p.s. also – does anyone know any books in English OR (more likely) Japanese that detail specific  feudal customs, laws and traditions (usually designed to keep the peasants under the heel of the land-owners) that still effect today's society (even though today's people are not aware of it)?

 

It would be rad if that book existed!!!!! If you find it, I'll take a shot at translating it. I might even put in some cusses!!

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6 Comments so far

  1. Jamie January 29th, 2011 9:36 pm

    Dogs and Demons by Alex Kerr?

  2. François January 30th, 2011 11:37 pm
  3. Durf January 31st, 2011 7:14 am

    Is it this one by Sakakibara Eisuke? 
    http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/449239485

  4. admin January 31st, 2011 9:53 am

    @ jamie, francois, thanks! I got Dogs and Demons, and I’ll check out the 幼児化 book.

    @ durf: thanks for the tip – but I couldn’t get your link to work.

    i checked sakakibara on amazon – i found this.
    http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E5%B9%BC%E5%85%90%E5%8C%96%E3%81%99%E3%82%8B%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E7%A4%BE%E4%BC%9A%E2%80%95%E6%8B%9D%E9%87%91%E4%B8%BB%E7%BE%A9%E3%81%A8%E5%8F%8D%E7%9F%A5%E6%80%A7%E4%B8%BB%E7%BE%A9-%E6%A6%8A%E5%8E%9F-%E8%8B%B1%E8%B3%87/dp/4492394850/ref=sr_1_31?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1296492835&sr=1-31

    is that the one you had in mind?

    thanks!

  5. Durf January 31st, 2011 8:12 pm

    Yeah, that's the one. Odd that the link didn't work. Alex Kerr's book also has a passage where he talks about the endless announcements talking to the populace like a bunch of kindergarteners, though, in case that's what you've got in mind.

  6. Victor October 7th, 2012 1:23 am

    This is not what you requested but may be useful as a related text (sorry, I know this link is shit-ass old):
     
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Enigma_of_Japanese_Power

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