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To many in the West Japan appears as a paradox: a rational, high-tech economic superpower and yet at the same time a deeply ritualistic and ceremonial society. In this adventurous new study, Brian J. McVeigh demonstrates how these nominally conflicting impressions of Japan can be reconciled and a greater understanding of the state achieved. By use of an anthropological approach the author shows that in Japan both rationality and rituality constitute a bureaucratic ethos, and that much of the intellectual discourse used to understand Japan is flawed.

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