Koizumi Diplomacy: Japans Kantei Approach to Foreign and Defense Affairs Tomohito Shinoda

ISBN: 9780295986999

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Koizumi Diplomacy: Japans Kantei Approach to Foreign and Defense Affairs  by  Tomohito Shinoda

Koizumi Diplomacy: Japans Kantei Approach to Foreign and Defense Affairs by Tomohito Shinoda
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Japans policymaking strategy in foreign and defense affairs changed dramatically in 2001 after Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi took the helm of the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Following a series of bland and short-lived prime ministers,MoreJapans policymaking strategy in foreign and defense affairs changed dramatically in 2001 after Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi took the helm of the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Following a series of bland and short-lived prime ministers, Koizumis infusion of fresh energy into a tired and opaque party has been compared with Tony Blairs successful revamping of New Labour in the U.K. Koizumi, however, had a weak power base in the party and limited diplomatic experience. How, then, was he able to exercise leadership?Tomohito Shinoda analyzes the prime ministers role in policymaking, focusing on the assistance he receives from the Kantei, or Cabinet Secretariat, the Japanese equivalent of the American presidents White House cabinet.

Since 2001, the Japanese governments center of gravity for foreign policy has shifted from the traditionally dominant Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Kantei, which allowed Koizumi to exercise a top-down style of decision-making.Through case studies and personal interviews with former prime ministers and cabinet secretaries, Shinoda looks at how Koizumis new system operates on a practical level - how, for example, major post-2001 anti-terrorism legislation has been initiated and prepared by the Kantei-and compares its successes and failures with those of the U.S.

system. With frank and engaging commentary by former officials, this book makes a unique contribution to the understanding of contemporary Japanese political affairs.



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