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Week 4: The State – parliament, bureaucracy, local authorities
Statistical Handbook of Japan:
We have an election coming up! Look over various materials in NHK World 2021 Japan Decides.
Here is a 20-minute video lecture (+ transcript) by Phillip Lipscy of Stanford University discussing various aspects of the Japanese system.
Video Tour of the Diet Building (English above, Japanese below)
A good explanation of the relative benefits of first past the post and proportional representation as seen in British Columbia (Canada).
Academic Articles (for the Active Learning Hours Portfolio):
Koichi Nakano, “Contemporary Political Dynamics of Japanese Nationalism”
Emma Dalton, “Sexual harassment of women politicians in Japan”
Emma Dalton, “Japanese politics still a man’s world”
Anthony Rausch, “Post Heisei Merger Japan”.
Ministry of the Environment, “Environmental Policy”
CLAIR, “Municipal Mergers in Japan”.