Policy after-shocks: Japanese bureaucratic response to change and major disasters

Omura, Teruyo and Forster, John (2014) Policy after-shocks: Japanese bureaucratic response to change and major disasters. In: 1st Asian Conference on Politics, Economy and Law (ACPEL 2013): Trust: Governance, Society and Sustainability , 21-24 Nov 2013, Osaka, Japan.

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It has been argued that changes in Japanese policy after the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) earthquake heralded a significant shift in the Japanese government bureaucracy's attitude towards non-profit organizations (NPOs). The Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 was also suggested as furthering this process. Evidence is presented that indicates this view is optimistic. Relaxations in financial disclosure requirements and capital requirements after 1995 have been re-interpreted and re-framed by the bureaucracy. The potentially beneficial impacts on the structure of the Japanese NPO sector are insignificant or reversed during implementation by the Japanese bureaucracy. This suggests any post-tsunami changes will also be ineffective. The Japanese bureaucracy has re-asserted its control of the NPO sector to the extent of NPO funds being sequestered by government if their use is deemed inadequate or slow.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Lecture)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2013 The International Academic Forum. Paper no. 199
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 30 May 2014 01:20
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 23:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: disasters; government policy change; non-profit; Japan
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24140

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