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Including contributors with diverse backgrounds and outlooks, this volume provides an unconventional and provocative look at how Japan is situated in a globally unfolding transition in methods of democratic government. In Japan's case, the country is making a transition from "karaoke democracy" to "kabuki democracy." Karaoke democracy focuses on collectively redistributing benefits among many intervening institutions, whereas kabuki democracy focuses on striking an emotional chord through direct conversations between leaders and citizens. A must-read for those interested in knowing where Japan is heading.

About the Author

Takashi Inoguchi is aprofessor emeritus of the University of Tokyo, former assistant secretary general of the United Nations, and current president of the University of Niigata Prefecture. Among his latest works are Japanese Politics, Japanese Foreign Policy Today, Citizens and the State, Political Cultures in Asia and Europe, American Democracy Promotion, Reinventing the Alliance, and The Uses of Institutions. He received his PhD from MIT.

Purnendra Jain is a professor of Japanese Studies in the Centre for Asian Studies at Australia's University of Adelaide. Author and editor of 12 books and numerous scholarly articles on contemporary politics and the foreign policy of Japan, his book Japan's Subnational Governments in International Affairs (2006) was translated into Japanese under the title Nihon no jichitai gaiko (2009). His latest co-edited book is Japan in Decline: Fact or Fiction? (2011). He is currently president of the Asian Studies Association of Australia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Karaoke to Kabuki Democracy: Japanese Politics Today--Takashi Inoguchi and Purnendra Jain * Prime Ministers--Takashi Inoguchi * The System of Bureaucrats in Japan--Hiroaki Inatsugu * Legislators--Kentaro Fukumoto * Winning Elections in Japans New Electoral Environment--Steven R. Reed * Party Politics in Japan--J. A. A. Stockwin * The Farm Lobby--Aurelia George Mulgan * Civil Society and Global Citizenship in Japan--Jennifer Chan * Welfare Policy--Gregory J. Kasza and Takashi Horie * Japans Subnational Government: Toward Greater Decentralization and Participatory Democracy--Purnendra Jain * Reporting with Wolves: Pack Journalism and the Dissemination of Political Information--Ofer Feldman * Revision of Administrative Law as Shortcut to Constitutional Revision--Helen Hardacre

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Inoguchi, Takashi
Palgrave MacMillan
Jain, Purnendra
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Government - National
Politics - General
American Government/National
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