Japan is currently undergoing many interesting changes, which the Japanese government trumpets as fundamental reform, but which some observers suspect will turn out to be superficial, part of a long sequence of changes which have been much less far-reaching than at first anticipated. This book provides a survey of the many changes currently in progress in Japan, including political reform, economic deregulation and liberalisation, and reforms to environmental policy, science and technology, education, and immigration policy. The essays in this volume explore the reform process in Japan overall, and provides a thorough overview of major current developments in Japan.
Part I. Continuity and Change in Japan 1. Rethinking Reform in Japan Part II. Politics and Diplomacy 2. Japanese Politics: Reforming the Rule Makers 3. Changing Role and Status of the SDF Part III. Beyond the Economic Crisis 4. Changing Patterns of Corporate Governance and Rationalisation 5. Reforming Japanese Banks and the Financial System 6. Japanese Science and Technology Policies Part IV. Japanese Society and Culture 7. Reforms in the Education Sector 8. Immigration Policies and Citizenship