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Why Japan Can’t Reform

Inside the System


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Susan Carpenter
      Pages 3-38
    3. Susan Carpenter
      Pages 39-56
    4. Susan Carpenter
      Pages 57-68
  3. Inside the System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Susan Carpenter
      Pages 103-113
    3. Susan Carpenter
      Pages 114-138
    4. Susan Carpenter
      Pages 139-149
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 150-170

About this book


An examination of the elements explicit to the Japanese post war governing system that enable the national ministries to extend their administrative authority over the political economy. It argues that the insular model defies structural reform and prevents the implementation of economic and social policies that can resolve socio-economic problems.


development economy Image Japan network networks Personal political economy Public Sector

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Edinburgh Business SchoolUK

About the authors

SUSAN CARPENTER is a lecturer in International Business and Director of MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets at the University of Edinburgh Business School. She has worked for Japanese businesses and government-supported organizations in Japan and the U.S.A. She published Special Corporations and the Bureaucracy in 2003.

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