Apr 20, 2009 - Mar 31, 2012
The Hashimoto Administrative Reforms, drafted between 1996 and 1997 and implemented in 2001, are considered significant in the history of Japanese public administration because of their scale, which involved the strengthening of Cabinet functions and the restructuring of ministries and agencies. The objective of this project is to study the initial intent of the reform program and the actual reform process through the organization and analysis of relevant information and materials contributed by people who were involved in it. The project will also undertake basic preparations for evaluating the reforms themselves. The results of this project will include an empirical analysis and evaluation indices, as well as the release of organized information and materials. Proposals on administrative reform methods will also be prepared and presented.