Policy Radar October 2019

The current extraordinary session is to last until December 9th, running for 67 days. While the focus has remained in preparations for the Emperor’s enthronement ceremony and the damages caused by the typhoon, the Diet started its session with the PM’s calls to advance a social welfare system that will provide security to all generations — from young children to the old. The Government will submit legislation dealing with reforms to corporate laws, the ratification of the U.S trade deal, and an amendment to the National Strategic Special Zone Law to create “super cities”. The ruling parties will push forward for amendment to the referendum law, echoing the Government’s wish to push for serious parliamentary debate over constitutional revision. Due to the opposition parties boycotting talks on constitutional revision, there was an appeal for the Prime Minister to call for a snap election, now seen unlikely by both Komeito and LDP lawmakers in order to take care of supplementary budget allocations for the reconstruction efforts in typhoon damaged-areas.

Policy Radar September 2019

Being closed for now almost 4 months, the ruling coalition plans to convene an extraordinary Diet session on the 4th of October. Prime Minister Abe is set to deliver a policy speech on the opening day, this being the first time the newly established Cabinet (explored below) has an opportunity to face parliamentary scrutiny. Extraordinary sessions are shorter than ordinary ones, and in this occasion, it is expected that the session lasts until the 10th of December. The Government has the intention of submitting something between 15 to 20 bills during this session (more than last year’s record low of 13), including reforms to company laws, ratification of the newly signed U.S trade deal, an amendment to the National Strategic Special Zone Law in order to create “super cities” (scrapped last year due to insufficient coordination between the LDP and Komeito) and, probably, matters pertaining to the building of Integrated Resorts.

Yokohama Radio Show Appearance

Timothy Langley, CEO and Representative Director of Langley Esquire, was featured on FM Yokohama and FM COCOLO’s popular show « SUNSTAR WEEKEND JOURNEY » on September 14-15. Timothy had the opportunity to discuss his life in Japan, as well as being one of the only few foreigners living in Akita Prefecture. They also discussed his experience as the first foreigner working as a Diet Secretary in the Japanese Diet and his role in the Public Affairs and Consulting industry.

Policy Radar August 2019

Langley Esquire’s initiative to deliver up-to-date information on political developments in the Japanese Diet. While the parliament remains closed, the Japanese Government has been active in the international scene with PM Abe’s visit to the G7 in France and the diplomatic feud with South Korea. This month’s edition focuses on Japan’s participation in the G7 and trade relations with key partners, as well as policy developments in the Integrated Resorts, Technology and Labor industries.

Policy Radar July 2019

Langley Esquire’s initiative to deliver up-to-date information on political developments in the Japanese Diet: the Diet’s session ended on the 26th of June and the Government has been focusing on the triennial House of Councillors Election. Thus, the Government has done little in terms of agenda-setting or policy-making, so this month’s edition will focus on an analysis of the election, and a brief summary of policy developments in the Tobacco, Data and Trade industries.

Japan Decides

Japan Decides: The LDP In Decline?

With just two days before the House of Councillors election, the LDP’s chance of securing a majority of the 124 available seats is impossibly distant. Reaching a 2/3 majority (together with coalition partner, Komeito, and votes of other parties/independents who might be in favor of constitutional reform), is even a dimmer illusion.

Why Hiring the Right Country Manager is Essential — Especially in Japan

Different countries do it differently: the British have a rather long-term view of sending an executive from the home office to Japan. They usually stick with their own countrymen, to establish a presence and eventually be rotated in and out. The Americans and Australians are more egalitarian, and are open to hiring locally. Eventually, there is a push to transition to the local market to save on costs. This often results in a breakdown in communication, but even more so if the executive is not the right fit for the team (“team” here meaning the entire executive team: HQ & Japan).