Dimensions of Japan: A Collection of Reports Written for the American Universities Field Staff

Dimensions of Japan: A Collection of Reports Written for the American Universities Field Staff

Dimensions of Japan: A Collection of Reports Written for the American Universities Field Staff

Dimensions of Japan: A Collection of Reports Written for the American Universities Field Staff

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In a decade when, bemused by robot devices for processing and delivering data, we may forget the personal relationship between a sentient writer and his reader, Lawrence Olson, an author whose work is as felicitous in style as it is informative in detail, helps remind us that the sharing of intellectual experience goes beyond the collection and analysis of facts.

Mr. Olson, in this book of essays, proves himself to be one of the more sensitive and acute observers writing about Japan today. Without becoming an expatriate, he has shown it possible to communicate effectively despite cultural differences that make it difficult for most Westerners to understand the Japanese people and their nation.

His interpretation of the Japanese scene has been welcomed by readers whose interest in Japan is general rather than specific, as well as by those who themselves are specialists in Japanese studies or in one of the subjects Mr. Olson has chosen to investigate -- whether it be industrial policy, politics, foreign affairs or population problems.

Dimensions of Japan does not set out to tell all there is to know about Japan; it has its own reason for deserving to be recognized as an important book about Japanese society in this postwar world. A genuinely creative work written out of firsthand experience by a thoughtful, informed observer, it is illuminating for the specialist, the person who is just starting to learn about Japan or the scholar who has given years to the study of that country and its people.

Readers familiar with Mr. Olson's Reports from Japan issued under . . .

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