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Special Corporations and the Bureaucracy

Why Japan Can't Reform

Special Corporations and the Bureaucracy by Susan Carpenter
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In an attempt to cut public spending, which rose to 140% of GDP in 2002, Prime Minister Koizumi of Japan has targeted public corporations - in particular, special corporations - for dissolution or restructuring. However, he is experiencing stiff opposition from vested interest groups, among them the national ministries. They are in charge of administering the reforms but have come to rely upon their corporations and their numerous affiliates as vehicles that can be used to intensify control over industry and local government policy and equally as good sources for postretirement positions for elite officials.
The book explains:
Why there is strong political movement to dissolve Special Corporations
How the corporations can perpetuate the interests of the ministries thus inhibiting structural reforms
How the fundamental characteristics of the Japanese political economic system give the bureaucracy the power to continue operating their corporations, despite political opposition
How the corporations function to extend ministerial control over local government.

Palgrave Macmillan; August 2003
155 pages; ISBN 9780230508781
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Title: Special Corporations and the Bureaucracy
Author: Susan Carpenter
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