Japan: Political Careers between Bureaucracy and Hereditary Constituencies

Claudia Derichs and Harold R. Kerbo

in The Political Class in Advanced Democracies

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780199260362
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601873 | DOI:
 Japan: Political Careers between Bureaucracy and Hereditary Constituencies

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The chapter provides an overview of the historical development of politics as a profession from the time of Japan's opening to the West until today. It looks at the polity dimension of Japanese politics and discusses the political class under four aspects: size, scope, political recruitment, and political careers. It addresses specific features of the Japanese political class such as the relatively little importance of political parties for recruitment, the comparatively high percentage of hereditary seats in the parliament, the strong position of the bureaucracy, the great influence of advisory bodies, and the frequent occurrence of economic scandals.

Keywords: corruption; factionalism; Japan; Meiji restoration; ministry bureaucrats; oligarchs; party competition; political class; shingikai

Chapter.  6974 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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