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Case Study (How a policy is formulated, and implemented at the Office of Prime Minister of Japan? How the policy has been tried to be penetrated?)

We study the institutional base of mandate and authority of the Prime Minister. Through examining specific cases, we would learn, from a practical point of view, what role the Office of Prime Minister plays in order to formulate and implement specific policies, as well as to communicate them to the public. We also appraise whether measures taken in this regard were effective. During the course, we focus on the impact of public relations on policies. Though the cases are selected from the government activities, findings and lessons students learn from the class would also be applicable to other fields of business as well as large-scale organizations.
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5140792
Case Study (How a policy is formulated, and implemented at the Office of Prime Minister of Japan? How the policy has been tried to be penetrated?)
長谷川 榮一
S2
火曜2限、水曜2限
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マイリストから削除
教室
国際学術総合研究棟 演習室E
講義使用言語
英語
単位
2
実務経験のある教員による授業科目
NO
他学部履修
開講所属
公共政策学教育部
授業計画
Part 1: Function and structure of the current Cabinet of Japan (first 3 classes) 1、Key points of the administrative reform of 2001  2、Subsequent social and economic changes that had impact on the original design of the reform and their consequences Part 2: Basic philosophy of the Abe administration and its policy pillars (the following 2 classes) 1、Background 2、Basic philosophy behind policies 3、”Abenomics” 4、Assessment Part 3: Specific cases where the Office of Prime Minister took an initiative in designing a policy and implementing it while coordinating relevant ministries and integrating their functions (the following 2 classes)  1、An annual calendar of policy formulation From spring to mid-summer, the basic direction of how to conduct the economic and fiscal policy, and the reform is consolidated and approved by the Cabinet Ministers through consultation with the two ruling parties. Following the basic policy direction, by the end of August, line ministries draw a plan of budget necessary for discharging its responsibility for the next fiscal year as well as a draft of legislation when necessary. By the end of the calendar year, the coordination of the budget plan between the respective line ministry and Ministry of Finance is finished and the budget plan for the entire government is completed. In the latter part of January and upon starting of Diet, Prime Minister annually states how to administer policies and the government. At the same time the government submits the draft of budget for the coming fiscal year starting April 1. Deliberation and examination by the Houses of Diet. In most years, the deliberation and examination on the budget for the next year are wrapped by the end of March. 2、Examples of how the Office of Prime Minister coordinated relevant ministries for designing and implementing policies Part 4: Aspects of public relations pursued at the Office of Prime Minister (the following 3 classes) 1、Basic premise and key elements 2、Daily public relations activities at the Office of Prime Minister and the assessment on their effectiveness 3、Some characteristics of the media 4、Competition for publicizing and countering views with other countries Part 5: Ways to defend, keep and raise reputation and impression of Japan in the international society (the following 1 class) 1、From the start of the Abe administration and 2014    2、 Between 2015 and 2016---Visit to the U.S. at the 70 years anniversary of the end of the Second World War, announcement of the statement at the anniversary of the government of Japan, G7 leaders’ Ise-Shima Summit meeting, and the election of Mr. Donald Trump as the US Presidential 3、Between 2017 and 2018 4、2019---the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor and G20 leaders’ Osaka Summit meeting  Part 6: Two essential laws for national government officials (the following 1 classes) 1、Freedom of Information Access Law 2、Ethics rules as a national government official 〇Examination (1 class) ※ I may invite a guest speaker and request the person to give a lecture.
授業の方法
I would provide students with class material in advance (immediately after the preceding class). I would give a lecture based upon the material, followed with discussion among students with an aim of deepening relevant knowledge and conducting thinking exercise.
成績評価方法
combining class participation and examination with equal weight
教科書
I would prepare teaching materials. I would inform students with useful materials for the subsequent classes which are preferred to be read in advance.
参考書
Tobias HARRIS “Iconoclast” Ryozo HIMINO “The Japanese Banking Crisis” Paul SHEARD “Abenomics: Explaining It, Assessing It, and Telling The Untold Story”
履修上の注意
I appreciate if students would contribute to my class by sharing his/her views and insight with classmates. It is desirable that students with Japanese proficiency would contribute to translating useful Japanese books or materials into English and introducing them at the class. Such contribution is will be taken into account when I evaluate class participation.