Society and Power in Japan

  • Albrecht Rothacher


As in any other society, power and social influence are distributed unequally in contemporary Japan. As Japanese society appears more rigidly stratified than other comparable Western societies,1 the observation of inequitable access to and exercise of social, political and economic power should come as no surprise.


Central Ministry Power Elite Business Elite Tokyo Stock Exchange National Police Agency 
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  1. 1.
    Chi Nakane, Japanese Society (Harmondsworth, Middx: Penguin Books, 1973) p. 24.Google Scholar

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© Albrecht Rothacher 1993

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  • Albrecht Rothacher
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  1. 1.TokyoJapan

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