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This booklet deals an empirical and theoretical examine of the Koizumi management, overlaying such matters because the features of its political variety, its family and overseas rules, and its greater historic importance. the major questions that advisor its method are: what enabled Koizumi to workout surprisingly powerful management, and what structural differences of eastern politics did he in achieving? Uchiyama seems at policy-making techniques, newly created institutional arenas reminiscent of the Council on fiscal and financial coverage, Koizumi’s populist technique, international coverage, and neo-liberal convictions to evaluate the ancient value of his management and hunt down the root for its broad public help. eventually, the e-book undertakes a normative review of the benefits and demerits of the Koizumi administration’s political sort, and compares it with the Abe and Fukuda administrations that got here after. This publication can be of curiosity to students and scholars with an curiosity in comparative politics, administrative reform, and modern Japan.

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This was clear not least from the opening lines of the first honebuto policy statement drawn up in June 2001: The source of economic growth in this new global century is not so much the labor force as “knowledge/[innovative or pragmatic] wisdom” (chishiki Domestic affairs 33 知識 / chie 知恵). Knowledge/wisdom generates economic growth through technological progress and ‘creative destruction’, which redirects resources from relatively inefficient sectors to growth sectors that are marked by high efficiency and correspond to social needs.

Placing a ‘cue’ (atamadashi 頭出し) at this stage worked to their advantage in getting the budget they sought later. 38 Koizumi and Japanese Politics The LDP also created a venue for deliberating the honebuto policy statement. In 2003, Asō Tarō, then head of the LDP’s Policy Affairs Research Council (PARC), established the Research Commission on the Economy, with Kamei Hisaoki as chair. Economic and Fiscal Policy minister Takenaka attended the commission’s meeting on 29 June of that year to explain the draft for ‘Honebuto Policy 2003’.

The prime minister has furthermore the authority to dissolve the Diet, to direct and supervise government ministries and agencies, and, as LDP president, the prerogative to appoint party personnel and endorse candidates. If LDP prime ministers think that they have only one shot at making policy, it is quite possible for them to wield enormous influence within the Cabinet and the party by simply exercising these powers. The reason why prime ministers prior to Koizumi had eschewed this strategy was that it was bound to create many enemies.

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