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Introducing “Ask Langley” Ep. 0

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new biweekly video series, “Ask Langley.” With this new initiative, we will answer your questions about business and politics in Japan in quick, bite-sized episodes.

Langley Esquire Suga Budget

Follow the Money: Understanding Suga’s Priorities in Japan’s Next Record Budget

Japan’s Ministry of Finance will soon release the budget for the fiscal year that begins next April. The spending package has taken on added significance with the new coronavirus pandemic weighing on the economy. The budget will also offer a look at how seriously the Suga administration is pursuing its stated priorities, such as advancing digitization and advanced communications.

The Digital Agency— Why Japan’s most Recent Modernization Push Is Serious

Suga to have a digital agency up and running by the end of 2021. Each ministry previously tackled digitization independently, leading to varying levels of success and end products, and no standardized administrative framework. The new agency will coordinate and unify efforts to modernize government services.

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Suga Cabinet Profiles 2021

The new cabinet was formed by Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide on September 16, 2020. With a lot of familiar faces at familiar posts, the Suga cabinet contains few surprises. It is a clear indication of Suga’s commitment to maintain Abe-era policies and priorities.

政策における意思決定の裏側

政策における意思決定の裏側

弊社副社長の松崎豊は、約20年間国会議員の政策担当秘書を勤めておりました。元法務大臣の保岡興治議員と、現在東京都知事をしている小池百合子議員などの事務所におりました。

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両天秤―菅政権における日中関係・日米関係―

安倍首相の退任に従い、世界はコロナウイルスの流行以来初めてのG7加盟国の政権交代に備えています。次期総理の最有力候補である菅義偉氏は、国政での経験と才能があるものの、官房長官時代に培ったスキルを外交の場で発揮できるかが注目されます。ここでは、菅氏が首相となった場合に考えられる日米関係・日中関係への影響についてお話しします。

Discovering the Key Link in Japanese Policymaking Finding the right top official is crucial to effective government relations

Discovering the Key Link in Japanese Policymaking

Understanding and accessing the civil service is crucial to successful government relations in Japan. Career bureaucrats at the government agencies and ministries are among the most influential policymakers in the country.

Policy Radar

Policy Radar January 2019

This year, the 201st Diet Session will convene on January 20th, and is scheduled to finish on June 17th. This month’s edition of Policy Radar focuses on incentives for the development of technology, policy developments in the Finance Ministry, and regulatory changes for integrated resorts.