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2013 Vol.1
Manifestos Change Japanese Politics Interview by the editor-in-chief with Professor Masayasu Kitagawa

2013/01/01

Approximately three years have passed since the change of administration that was realized with the “manifesto election” of 2009, and the 2012 general election resulted in the return of the Liberal Democratic Party as the ruling party. Now that another change of administration has occurred, it is extremely important that the new administration conduct an overall review of the progress made in policies and their results over the past three years in order to clarify policy challenges that Japan currently faces and to examine measures to solve them. In this context, the feature of this issue is entitled “Policies under the Democratic Administration: A Comprehensive Investigation”. As the administration-changing election of 2009 was a manifesto election, it is necessary to examine the outcomes of the manifesto. In this interview, Professor Masayasu Kitagawa of Waseda University’s Okuma School of Public Management, who is a leading researcher in Japan in the study of manifestos, summarizes the manifesto election and discusses the possibility that manifestos will change Japanese politics.

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