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)
２、Basic philosophy behind policies
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)
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