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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Politics in Japan

Project duration: 1998-2017

This DIJ project was dedicated to scholarly research on issues of Japanese politics and administration current in the late 1990s. Developments inside the political system and in Japan's foreign relations, especially the reform efforts in the course of the structural crisis, were examined from the perspective of several disciplines present at the institute. In this context, Verena Blechinger and Ralph Lützeler also examined the reform of the electoral system of the House of Representatives.

The process of political reform and its results were the central topic of an international conference under the title "Political Reform in Japan – Entering a New Era of Japanese Democracy?" organized by Verena Blechinger which took place in July 1998 in Tokyo. Four panels, dealing with the electoral system, party restructuring, political finance and administrative reform, analysed and evaluated the measures taken so far. Among the participants were journalists and Japanese politicians.


Recent Publications

2001
Blechinger, Verena
Politische Reformen in Japan: Auswirkungen und Perspektiven
In: Bosse, Friederike; Institut fur Asienkunde, Patrick Köllner : Reformen in Japan p. 89-110.
2000
Blechinger, Verena
Auf dem Weg zu "sauberer Politik" und transparenten Strukturen? Korruption und Selbstreinigung in der japanischen Politik
In: Zentrum für Europa- und Nordamerika-Studien : Politische Korruption. Jahrbuch für Europa- und Nordamerika-Studien 3, 1999Verlag Leske + Budrich. p. 145-184.
2000
Blechinger, Verena
Cleaning up Politics and Revitalizing Democracy? A European View of the New System of Political Finance in Japan
In: European Review 8, 4 (October 2000) p. 533-551.
1999
Blechinger, Verena
Changes in the Handling of Corruption Scandals in Japan Since 1994
In: Asia Pacific Review 6, 2, November 1999 p. 42-64.
1999
Blechinger, Verena
Verwaltungsreform - Auf dem Weg zum schlanken Staat
In: Meyer-Ohle, Hendrik : Japans Wirtschaft im Umbruch: Schlaglichter aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien (The Japanese Economy in Transition : Highlights Presented by the German Institute for Japanese Studies)iudicium Verlag. p.15-18.
1999
Blechinger, Verena
Korruption und Einflußnahme - Parteienfinanzierung durch die Wirtschaft
In: Meyer-Ohle, Hendrik : Japans Wirtschaft im Umbruch: Schlaglichter aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien (The Japanese Economy in Transition : Highlights Presented by the German Institute for Japanese Studies)iudicium Verlag. p.31-34.
1998
Blechinger, Verena
Money Politics in Japan (or, Pork Corrupts, and Absolute Pork Corrupts Absolutely).
In: Social Science Japan, Newsletter of the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo 12, March 1998 p. 30 - 32.
1998
Blechinger, Verena
Politische Korruption in Japan. Ursachen, Hintergründe und Reformversuche
In: Mitteilungen des Instituts für Asienkunde Hamburg Nr. 291
1996
Blechinger, Verena
Politik und Familienbande. "Erbabgeordnete" im japanischen Parlament
In: Nachrichten der Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (NOAG) 159-160 (1996) p. 71 - 87.
1996
Blechinger, Verena
Reformfieber (gyōkaku fība) oder Opportunismus? Zur Diskussion über die Verwaltungsreform in Japan [Reform Fever (gyōkaku fība) or Opportunism? The Debate on Administrative Reform in Japan]
In: Janssen, Edzard : Japanstudien 7iudicium Verlag. p.31-70.

Events

July 17, 1998
Symposia and Conferences
Political Reform in Japan - Entering a New Era of Japanese Democracy?

Team

Verena Blechinger Verena Blechinger (until January 2002)
Politics

Ralph Lützeler Ralph Lützeler (until October 2019)
Geography, Population Studies