1st Edition

The Nature of Japanese Governance and Seikai-Tensin in Postwar Japan

By Nara Park Copyright 2023
    104 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    What shapes characteristics and types of state governance in a specific country? How do they change over time? More importantly, what will they look like in the near and far future? This book addresses these fundamental yet timely questions by introducing and analyzing a distinctive group of Japanese statesmen: Seikai-Tensin, which means one’s transformation into politicians in Japanese.

    The book looks at the Japanese developmental state through a time-series analysis on historical data to determine the dynamic pattern of a prototype developmental state. It offers comparative implications for other developmental states, including South Korea and Singapore, to have a better understanding of themselves and their counterparts and useful lessons for governance practitioners to pursue a better balance between politics and administration.

    This book will interest those researching governance, comparative politics, government bureaucracy, and public policy.

    1. Seikai-Tensin: From Bureaucrats to Politicians 2. Emergence and Evolution of Seikai-Tensin 3. Self-transforming Elites: Seikai-Tensin’s Election to the Diet 4. Racing to the Top: Seikai-Tensin in the Cabinet 5. Japanese Governance with Intertwined Politics and Administration


    Nara Park is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Management at Yonsei University, South Korea.