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Since 2009, the ruling party of the Japanese government, government agencies, and various organizations have been formulating and announcing strategies and plans to recover the economy from the current crisis and achieve medium- and long-term sustainable growth. These strategies and plans have highlighted creative industries as a factor that will drive the economy out of the crisis. The focus on creative industries comes from policies implemented under Britainâ€™s Blair administration. Various sources such as research papers, policy documents, and newspaper and magazine articles have introduced Britainâ€™s creative industries policy to the Japanese. However, few existing studies have discussed specific content (e.g., particular measures or projects) of the creative industries policy.
Based on the assumption that only part of Britainâ€™s creative industries policy has been designed and implemented as cultural policy, and that its fundamental and interesting effects are found in other policy areas, this article reviews notable aspects of the creative industries policy in connection with nontraditional cultural policies and policies aimed at different life stages of people.
Additionally, to summarize the article, critical features of Britainâ€™s creative industries policy in terms of lessons to be learned by Japan are organized into three categories based on the policy-making process: reforms at the implementation and execution stage, reforms at the planning and adjustment stage, and reforms at the proposal and suggestion stage.