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Why Japan Cant Reform: Inside the System Susan Carpenter

Why Japan Cant Reform: Inside the System

Susan Carpenter

Published November 15th 2008
ISBN : 9780230220706
Hardcover
128 pages
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At the start of the 1990s Japans post war economic success came to an abrupt end, and the country slid into a decade long recession from which it has, on many levels, still not recovered. This book examines the institutional factors in the JapaneseMoreAt the start of the 1990s Japans post war economic success came to an abrupt end, and the country slid into a decade long recession from which it has, on many levels, still not recovered. This book examines the institutional factors in the Japanese system of government administration that have paralyzed the decision-making process and prevented the system from accommodating the ever changing demands on the domestic front and the global political economy. It argues that the current model defies structural reform and frustrates the implementation of economic and social policies that can resolve the problems that have challenged the Japanese for years.Excerpts from interviews conducted with Japanese bureaucrats reveal how their government views the United States, Japans protector in the Pacific and its second-largest trading partner. The interviews are particularly relevant to the economic dilemma that the Japanese are facing currently due to Japans dependency on the United States. They also provide an invaluable insight into why Japan has yet to integrate into the international community.