Contemporary Japanese Politics: Institutional Changes and Power Shifts by Tomohito ShinodaContemporary Japanese Politics: Institutional Changes and Power Shifts by Tomohito Shinoda

Contemporary Japanese Politics: Institutional Changes and Power Shifts

byTomohito Shinoda

Paperback | September 24, 2013

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Decentralized policymaking power in Japan had developed under the reign of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), yet in the1990s, institutional changes fundamentally altered Japan's political landscape. Tomohito Shinoda tracks these developments in the operation of and tensions between Japan's political parties and the public's behavior in elections, as well as in the government's ability to coordinate diverse policy preferences and respond to political crises. The selection of Junichiro Koizumi, an anti-mainstream politician, as prime minister in 2001 initiated a power shift to the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and ended LDP rule. Shinoda details these events and Prime Minister Koizumi's use of them to practice strong policymaking leadership. He also outlines the institutional initiatives introduced by the DPJ government and their impact on policymaking, illustrating the importance of balanced centralized institutions and bureaucratic support.

Tomohito Shinoda is professor of international relations at the International University of Japan. His publications include Koizumi Diplomacy: Japan's Kantei Approach in Foreign and Defense Affairs and Leading Japan: The Role of the Prime Minister.
Title:Contemporary Japanese Politics: Institutional Changes and Power ShiftsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:September 24, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023115853x

ISBN - 13:9780231158534

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and TablesAcknowledgmentsA Note on ConventionsList of Abbreviations and Japanese TermsIntroduction1. Japanese Politics Under the LDP2. The Politics of Institutional Reform3. Institutional Changes and Koizumi's Leadership4. Electoral Changes and Their Impact5. Hatoyama's Antibureaucratic Stance6. Kan's Struggle in the Government and the DPJ7. Institutions and Political LeadershipAppendix 1Appendix 2NotesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

Changes in Japan's political environment over the last decade make for a unique and important study. Shinoda analyzes how these reforms introduced new power dynamics within Japanese governance and correctly notes that 'institutions do not produce leadership, they only enable it.' An excellent reference of Japan's political environment, governance, and leadership today.