Japanese Government


KUDO, Hiroko


Winter Semester; Mon.; Time slot #2


The course has three major topics, which are the goals as well;
1) To understand the historical and institutional evolution of Japanese government. Its institutional-setting and political-administrative system would be introduced from a comparative point of view.
2) To understand the system dynamism and decision-making process of Japanese government. In this regard, politics-bureaucracy relationship, characteristics and mechanism of Japanese decision-making process and organizational issues of Japanese institutions would be analyzed and discussed.
3) To understand the issues and policies of Japanese government. Major issues and policies in the past and in recent years would be discussed. Especially for this section, selected guest speakers would be invited to provide recent policy cases of Japanese government.

The course would be divided in three parts according the topics above mentioned. In each section, course participants will be provided a pack of reading materials, which would be discussed after the introductory lecture of the instructor. Participants are asked to find cases (Japanese and those of their countries of origin) to be examined and be presented during the course. Selected cases would be discussed at the end of the course.

As recent issues and policies of Japanese government, special attention will be paid at center-periphery relationship, decentralization, devolution, privatization, deregulation, and agencification. Further issues include; e-Government, ICT policy, performance measurement, policy evaluation and performance based project budgeting as recent policy topics.

Course materials

Paper pack would be provided by the instructor. A list of suggested readings would be also provided to the course participants.


Attendance 10%, Contribution to the class 10%, Exercise Presentation 30% and Term Paper 50%

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