POST-MIDTERM LECTURE 5: Pessimistic View of Japans Response
How did Japan respond to the collapse of the Bubble Economy? In this lecture, I will
emphasize the negative perspective on how Japan responded, and we will try to understand
WHY. Do what degree w
March 23, 2011
Final party shouldering this risk is the people
Steel cartel wouldnt work well hwere everyone agreed to drop down prices, or artificially hold
prices with competitive foreign markets. So the governments had government trade barriers.
March 17, 2011
TepCo what are their interests? They own power plantsso they dont want to just shut them
down immediately (responsible for 7% of Japanese electrical production). They would be slow
to shut it down.
Japanese Companies accused of caring too m
January 27, 2011
5) Postwar Reform Under the Occupation
Why did stable democracy occur post war, when it failed before?
o Authoritarianism failed (military discredited), beaten by democracy
o Americans Rewriting the constitution (changed the government),
January 20, 2011
Prime Ministers of Japan in the last 4 yrs Kan, Hatoyama, Aso, Fukuda, Abe -> changed rapidly.
Symbolic of the inherent instability in Japanese politics
LDP controlling government for 90% of the time -> symbolic of dominant single party s
February 24, 2011
Lack of shock in certain party systems because there is no demographic change in voters
o One reason is because those in power write the rules and can keep themselves
o Adaptability is another reason why parties remain i
February 15, 2011
1. Case Studies of Koenkai Change (Ohno in Kagwa; Hirasawa in Tokyo)
a. People thought it would disappear because after reform its more focuses on
party as whole and not multiple members of one party needing support. Ppl find
February 15, 2011
Exam now on March 1st: IDs and Essays.
Paper: comparing different policy pointsliterature review paper with different arguments.
Party Politics since 1993
Usually electoral systems dont change
Why Reform the Electoral System?
o R&T Lar
February 8, 2011
How much of what we observe in postwar Japanese Politics can be attributed to culture (e.g.
koenkai, factions, LDP dominance)?
1) Origins of Japanese Uniqueness
ID terms: feudalism (daimyo / samurai); Confucianism; rice agriculture; mura-
February 1, 2011
More on Koenkai
Standing organizations (sustained between elections), personal organizations (built
around a certain candidate), different groups liked by (geographic (may have different
koenkai branches for different district), common i
April 21, 2011
Most conflict with the citizenry has to do with pensions. (welfare more
Is the Lifetime employment system still operating in Japan
For the people who have the status already, yesbut many companies arent
April 5, 2011
Logic of R&T: A faith in electoral reform that the government have to pay more attention to
the media voters; think it will translate further to the
Median voter left to right. The middle voter. Not being from a specific intrest group or urb