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The Japanese Diet and the U.S. Congress
Francis R. Valeo and Charles E. Morrison, editors; foreword by Jed Johnson, Jr.

This book, a comparative study of legislative systems primarily undertaken by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), devotes its first six chapters to the Japanese Diet and its latter six to the U.S. Congress.

The initial chapters of the Japan and U.S. sections explain the histories of the bicameral legislatures and the two nation's constitutional structures. Subsequent chapters cover organizational specifics and power distribution, law-making and political parties, election procedures and elected members' duties, budgetary and other financial policies, as well as defense, trade, and foreign affairs. An extensive Index duplicates main entries such as the "Budgetary process" and "House of Representatives" for ease of referencing the same topic in either the six Diet-related chapters or those on the Congress. Contains five tables and two figures.

Chapters

The Diet in the Japanese Political System
Kan Ori, Professor of Political Science, Sophia University
Political Parties and the Diet
Hiroshi Yamato, Assistant to a Diet member
Diet Structure, Organization, and Procedures
Koichi Kishimoto, Editor, Jiji Press
Diet Members
Shoichi Izumi, National Diet Library
The Diet and the Bureaucracy: The Budget as a Case Study
Koji Kakizawa, Member of the Diet
The Role of the Diet in Foreign Policy and Defense
Shuzo Kimura, Senior Researcher, Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Councillors
Congress in the U.S. Political System
James L. Sundquist, The Brookings Institution
The U.S. Congress: Structure, Party Organization, and Leadership
Robert L. Peabody, Professor, Department of Political Science, John Hopkins University
The Making of a Law: The U.S. Legislative Process
Ralph D. Nurnberger, Georgetown Center for Strategic Studies
The Member of the U.S. Congress
Susan Webb Hammond, Professor, Department of Political Science, The American University
The U.S. Congress in Budgeting and Finance
Joel Havemann, National Journal
The U.S. Congress in Foreign Relations, Trade, and Defense
Charles E. Morrison, Fellow, Culture Learning Institute, East-West Center

Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1983

ISBN 0-86531-469-1; 224 pages; paper, ¥0,000

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