The Japanese Power Elite

  • Albrecht Rothacher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Society and Power in Japan

    1. Albrecht Rothacher
      Pages 1-6
  3. The Political Elite

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Albrecht Rothacher
      Pages 48-101
    3. Albrecht Rothacher
      Pages 102-122
  4. The Bureaucratic Elite

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Albrecht Rothacher
      Pages 125-148
    3. Albrecht Rothacher
      Pages 149-167
    4. Albrecht Rothacher
      Pages 168-179
  5. The Business Elite

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Albrecht Rothacher
      Pages 183-218
    3. Albrecht Rothacher
      Pages 231-260
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Albrecht Rothacher
      Pages 263-281
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 282-311

About this book


This book attempts a coherent portrait of the heart of Japan's economic and political decision making. It presents the men occupying the core positions in Japan's ruling party, the central ministries, and in big business and its organizations. Elite career patterns, social origins, upbringing, university education, cognitive orientations and ways of life are reviewed, as are the interactions in the exclusive world of Japan's increasingly hereditary and bureaucratic class of power holders in conservative politics and big business.


decision-making education executive government interaction mobility organization politics service

Authors and affiliations

  • Albrecht Rothacher
    • 1
  1. 1.TokyoJapan

Bibliographic information