Tuesday, December 13, 2005


The Japanese Samurai Code--Classic Strategies for Success, by Boye Lafayette De Mente

Book Review:

Positive Factors in the Samurai Code
That Enhance Skills and Performance

THE JAPANESE SAMURAI CODE—Classic Strategies for Success, by Boye Lafayette De Mente. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN: 0-8048-3652-3. Quality trade paperback. 206 pages. $12.95. Available from Amazon.com and worldwide from book distributors and booksellers.

Japanologist Boye Lafayette De Mente says that Japan’s transformation from a warrior-dominated agrarian society to a modern industrial nation between 1870 and 1890, and its recovery from the destruction of World War II to become the second largest economy in the world in less than thirty years, were achieved as a result of cultural traits the Japanese inherited from their samurai ancestors.

In The Japanese Samurai Code De Mente identifies the character traits in the samurai code of ethics that made these incredible transformations possible and explains how they can be applied today by anyone to enhance their own personal skills and performance.

Among the compelling chapters in the book: Zen in the Japanese Mindset; The Indulgent Love Way of Doing Business; The Power of Dignity; The Power of Kata; The Pefectionism Factor; The “Peace of Mind” Culture; Looking for a Third Eye; Knowing Without Being Told; The Advantage of Fuzzy Thinking; and The Advantage of Having Eight Million Gods.

De Mente’s other 30-plus books on Japan include:

Japan’s Cultural Code Words—233 Key Terms that Explain the Attitudes and Behavior of the Japanese
KATA—The Key to Understanding and Dealing with the Japanese.
And the pioneer book:
Japanese Etiquette & Ethics in Business (first published in 1959 and now in its 7th edition).


To see a full list, with descriptions, of books by the author go to: www.phoenixbookspublishers.com.

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