Balancing Political Leadership and Bureaucratic Autonomy
Scandals Highlight the Need for a Correction

Kato, Sota
Balancing Political Leadership and Bureaucratic Autonomy: Scandals Highlight the Need for a Correction

After decades of reform aimed at strengthening the power of the prime minister and bringing the bureaucracy to heel, a series of scandals has raised troubling new questions about the integrity of Japan’s public administrators. Sota Kato approaches the crisis as an opportunity to take stock and make much-needed corrections.

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Strategies for Taxing the Digital Economy

Morinobu, Shigeki
Strategies for Taxing the Digital Economy ©Chesnot/Getty Images News

As tensions mount over tax avoidance by US-based multinational tech giants, resident tax expert Shigeki Morinobu reports on multilateral efforts to modernize international tax rules and warns against provoking a backlash against “America first.”

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Should Civil Servants Offer Allegiance or Expertise?
Lessons from the Moritomo and Kake Scandals

Tanaka, Hideaki
Should Civil Servants Offer Allegiance or Expertise?: Lessons from the Moritomo and Kake Scandals

By allowing the prime minister and his circle to “fast-track” officials at their own discretion, the new system opens the door to favoritism in the name of “strategic deployment of personnel.”

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Tsuruoka, Michito

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Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University

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