By Glenn D Hook
Contested Governance in Japan extends the research of governance in modern Japan by means of exploring either the websites and problems with governance above and under the country in addition to inside it. This quantity discusses the contested nature of governance in Japan and the ways that quite a number actors are excited about diversified websites and problems with governance at domestic, within the sector and the globe. It contains chapters on international governance, neighborhood policy-making, democracy, environmental governance, the japanese economic system, corruption, the relations and company governance.
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These governors are mounting a challenge to local pork-barrel politics where political leaders act as a conduit for public works, thereby stimulating the local economy, and winning re-election as payback. The contested nature of governance at the local level and the difﬁculties faced in seeking to bring about reform is well documented in this chapter, as seen in the case of Tanaka himself, who has been at loggerheads with the conservative members of the prefectural assembly. The resulting gridlock has clearly demonstrated how the forces of resistance remain powerful at the local level and impede the transformation of the system of governance in Japan.
Thus, although a policy of ‘outreach’ is, in general, clearly visible, the Japanese government has not been consistent in realizing this key strategy for legitimizing the summit process. Personnel Let me just quickly – because I know time is important – point something out. Sitting at that table in this Summit were the representatives – the heads of state – of nations that not too many years ago were deeply engaged in a hatredﬁlled war with each other. And here we are, sitting as closely as we’re sitting with a really warm, personal friendship that had developed between us, but more than that, with a friendship between our peoples.
We thus find a more nuanced picture of the part Japan plays in governance in this site of activity through an examination of the way policymakers have inﬂuenced the summit process. Not only has Japan sought, albeit not always successfully, to expand the number and range of participants involved in G7/8 global governance, ‘reaching out’ to other states in East Asia as well as to NGOs, it has similarly brought issues of East Asian governance to the attention of the G7/8, as in the discussions revolving around the resolution of the Cambodian conﬂict during the 1980s.