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Yukio Adachi, Sukehiro Hosono, and Jun Iio

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429841

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429841.001.0001

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Current state of non-profit organisations and the ‘New Public Commons’

Current state of non-profit organisations and the ‘New Public Commons’

(p.199) Thirteen Current state of non-profit organisations and the ‘New Public Commons’
Policy analysis in Japan

Takafumi Tanaka

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the revision of the Civil Code and the NPO Law after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011. It will be consider that the systemic revisions pertaining to NPOs that have been implemented since 2008. Under the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) government, which was in power from September 2009 to December 2012, expected non-profit organisations (NPOs) to play a public role, such as being the supplier of public services and disaster relief, as symbolised by its the ‘New Public Commons’ slogan. Support for job creation through reconstruction support is known as Social Enterprise Support Fund. According to the survey for public policy graduate schools, it has become apparent that, there are only a small number of NPO-related subjects in the research courses. To develop a civil society in Japan, the importance of education in order to increase the level of awareness for NPOs will be pointed out.

Keywords:   non-profit organisations (NPOs), New Public Commons, Civil Code, Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), Great East Japan Earthquake disaster, Social Enterprise Support Fund, public policy graduate schools

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