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Policy analysis in Japan$
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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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Law and public policy in contemporary Japan

Law and public policy in contemporary Japan

(p.73) Five Law and public policy in contemporary Japan
Policy analysis in Japan

Makoto Usami

Policy Press

In the literature of comparative policy analysis, few attempts have been made to examine the remarkable development of study on law and public policy in contemporary Japan. To fill this gap in the literature, the present chapter discusses the history, current state and prospect of Japanese law and public policy. It covers three major areas: the first is legislative study that deals with the legislative process and technical skills used in the process. The second field is the policy-oriented administration of laws by local government officials. The third domain is that of law and policy, which broadly refers to the branch of knowledge that studies policy design in terms of law. After reviewing the three areas, the chapter identifies their contemporary features and suggests remedies for the weaknesses involved in these features. It concludes by pointing out the implications that these fields of Japanese law and public policy might have for other societies.

Keywords:   legislation, administration of law, local government, policy design, law and economics

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