The Japanese Diet and the U.S. Congress have in common many of the characteristics of democratic institutions, similarities that can be seen in the way the two legislative bodies are constituted, in what they do, and in how they do it. At the same time, there are disparities that stem from each nation's unique cultural background and political experiences. Both the similarities and the differences are treated in this unique study. The authors, well-known japanese and U.S. scholars, illuminate significant factors that not only underlie the differing roles of the Diet and the Congress in the two governments and the style of each government, but also help shape the nature of the interaction between japan and the U.S.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Introduction -- The Japanese Diet -- The Diet in the Japanese Political System -- Political Parties and the Diet -- Diet Structure, Organization, and Procedures -- Diet Members -- The Diet and the Bureaucracy: The Budget as a Case Study -- The Role of the Diet in Foreign Policy and Defense -- The U.S. Congress -- Congress in the U.S. Political System -- The U.S. Congress: Structure, Party Organization, and Leadership -- The Making of a Law: The U.S. Legislative Process -- The Member of the U.S. Congress -- The U.S. Congress in Budgeting and Finance -- The U.S. Congress in Foreign Relations, Trade, and Defense -- Conference Participants
"Francis R. Valeo, now a consultant on government and Asian affairs in Washington, D.C., has been the secretary of the U.S. Senate and a staff advisor to the former Senate majority leader and to the current U.S. ambassador to Japan. Charles E. Morrison is a research fellow at the East-West Center, Hawaii, and at the Japan Center for International Exchange."