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Masuzoe Yōichi
  • Masuzoe Yōichi 
  • By this author: 6 Latest posted: 2012.10.25
Head of the New Renaissance Party. Graduated from the University of Tokyo, where he majored in political science. Born in 1948. Has been a research fellow at the University of Paris and the University of Geneva and an associated professor at the University of Tokyo. A member of the House of Councillors since 2001. Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare 2007–9.
An Uncertain Year Ahead Following the Leadership Elections2012.10.25

Leadership elections for Japan’s two largest political parties took place in September 2012. While Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko easily retained control of the governing Democratic Party of Japan, the contest was considerably more eventful for the opposition Liberal Democratic Party. The incumbent president, Tanigaki Sadakazu, withdrew from the competition, leaving a battle between five contenders…

Gearing Up for the General Election2012.10.09

Setting aside their political differences, the Liberal Democratic Party, the New Kōmeitō Party, and the Democratic Party of Japan joined together to pass a bill in the Diet for a comprehensive reform of the taxation and social security systems. Leading up to this, Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko promised LDP President Tanigaki Sadakazu(*1) that he would dissolve the Diet to hold a snap general ele…

The Stirrings of Political Realignment2012.09.10

The faction led by Ozawa Ichirō has quit the Democratic Party of Japan in opposition the consumption tax hike proposed by the government of Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko. The Ozawa faction set up their own party on July 11, 2012, named the People’s Life First Party. This was followed by further defections among DPJ Diet members, pushing the party into danger of collapse. Even though Ozawa person…

Election System Produces “Policy-Free” Politicians2012.09.04

The nature of an election system, needless to say, has a major impact on politics and political parties. The current system in place for elections to the House of Representatives in Japan combines single-seat constituencies and proportional representation, and has led to politics centered on two main political parties: the Democratic Party of Japan and the Liberal Democratic Party. House of Rep…

“Iron Triangle” of Policymaking Persists Under DPJ Government2012.07.12

What is the process for deciding on policy in Japan? Who has the most power when it comes to determining policy—politicians, bureaucrats, or special interest groups?  This question was examined by numerous scholars during the long period of rule by the Liberal Democratic Party. Their research unearthed certain patterns. Under the Policy Affairs Research Council of the LDP during its rule, commi…

Overcoming Political Dysfunction in Japan2012.06.07

Japanese politics has fallen into a dysfunctional state. The nation’s politicians are unable to come up with responses to crucial political issues—or if they do come up with a response, it is always too late. What accounts for this sorry state of affairs? Is the problem specific to this country, or is it something that is common to all the advanced democracies? Maybe people in Japan are too harsh …

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