Koizumi and Japanese Politics: Reform Strategies and by Yu Uchiyama, Carl Freire

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By Yu Uchiyama, Carl Freire

This e-book deals an empirical and theoretical learn of the Koizumi management, overlaying such concerns because the features of its political kind, its family and overseas guidelines, and its higher old importance. the most important questions that advisor its strategy are: what enabled Koizumi to workout strangely powerful management, and what structural changes of eastern politics did he in achieving? Uchiyama appears at policy-making tactics, newly created institutional arenas akin to the Council on fiscal and monetary coverage, Koizumi’s populist procedure, overseas coverage, and neo-liberal convictions to evaluate the ancient value of his management and search out the root for its vast public help. eventually, the booklet undertakes a normative assessment of the advantages and demerits of the Koizumi administration’s political sort, and compares it with the Abe and Fukuda administrations that got here after. This ebook may be of curiosity to students and scholars with an curiosity in comparative politics, administrative reform, and modern Japan.

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Last but not least, sharp protests by China and Korea notwithstanding, Koizumi went ahead with his visits to Yasukuni shrine. 20 However, while Koizumi’s economic policies followed a relatively unified strategy based on neoliberal principles, his foreign policies displayed a marked lack of strategic coherence. I will explore this contrast further in Chapter 3. 22 Koizumi and Japanese Politics Koizumi’s behaviour patterns: shortness of time horizon Hard-line attitude and an ‘unflinching’ posture To conclude this chapter, let me analyse the factors that distinguished Koizumi’s mode of action from that of other politicians.

It should also be easy for prime ministers to freely choose their cabinet, or dismiss ministers who oppose their policies, given their constitutional right to appoint the Cabinet. The prime minister has furthermore the authority to dissolve the Diet, to direct and supervise government ministries and agencies, and, as LDP president, the prerogative to appoint party personnel and endorse candidates. If LDP prime ministers think that they have only one shot at making policy, it is quite possible for them to wield enormous influence within the Cabinet and the party by simply exercising these powers.

Relying on his prime-ministerial prerogative to fill cabinet posts, Koizumi simply ignored any need to maintain a balance between the factions and handpicked his ministers one at a time. When Farm Minister Shimamura Yoshinobu declined to countersign his order to dissolve the Diet over the first failure of the postal privatization bills, he was dismissed. From the viewpoint of the Cabinet’s formal authority, it is possible to submit bills to the Diet unrestrained by the LDP’s institution of ruling party review.

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