Mateo Viard

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.

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.

The Missing Link: Effective Lobbying in Japan

The Missing Link: Effective Lobbying in Japan

Liberal democracies ensure that citizens, politicians and bureaucrats will interact throughout lawmaking and that no single player will be entirely dominant or autonomous from the rest. Citizens control politicians through elections, the latter control bureaucrats through budgets and mechanisms of oversight, yet bureaucrats are usually exempt from any control when it not only enforces the …

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