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Japanese Politics in the New Era
1997

This project focused on the theme of "Japanese Politics in the New Era," under the direction of Hideo Otake, professor of political science at Kyoto University and a leading scholar on Japanese politics. The project reflected an awareness of the difficult constraints that domestic politics often place on effective Japanese participation and leadership in international affairs. A group of ten young political scientists was divided into two teams, each studying the two fundamental systemic changes in Japanese politics since 1993: (1) the introduction of a new electoral system for the House of Representatives and (2) the emergence of coalition governments. Each team participated in monthly joint workshops with resource persons, including leading political figures, bureaucrats, political reporters, and senior academicians, in the course of their field studies.

The essays by the first team was published in 1998 in the volume listed below, titled How Electoral Reform Boomeranged. The essays by the second team, which focused on analyzing the impact of coalition politics on the policy-making process, was published in the volume titled Power Shuffles and Policy Processes, also listed below.

(This project is part of the Global ThinkNet Fellows initiative.)

Publications

Participants

Director
Hideo Otake Professor, Faculty of Law, Kyoto University
[Synopsis (Electoral Reform paper)]
Advisor
Gerry Curtis Professor, East Asian Institute, Columbia University

[Study Group: Electoral Reforms]

Masaaki Kataoka Associate Professor, Keio University
[Synopsis]
Isao Niwa Research Assistant, Kyoto University
[Synopsis]
Cheol Hee ParkPh.D. candidate, Columbia University
[Synopsis]
Satomi TaniProfessor, Okayama University
[Synopsis]
Masahiro Yamada Assistant Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University
[Synopsis]

[Study Group: Coalition Government]

Mikiko Murase Eto Professor of Law, Hosei University
Naoto Nonaka Professor of Political Science, Gakushuin University
Toshimitsu ShinkawaProfessor of Modern Political Analysis, Hokkaido University
Masahiko TatebayashiAssistant Professor of Law, Kansai University
Ikuko ToyonagaAssociate Professor in Comparative Politics, Kyushu University
Shuichi WadaProgram Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange