In this webinar, to consider the course of governmental reform and the politics around it, Japan Society Chairman, Bill Emmott, will be joined in the UK by Bronwen Maddox, director of the Institute for Government, and by our old friend Ambassador Koji Tsuruoka in Japan.
Ideas and ambitions for governmental reform tend not to register large for most citizens, while fuelling heated and sometimes acrimonious debate among policy makers.
Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s new prime minister, is known domestically as the man who steered through the centralisation of control over Japan's civil service, and one who has already made governmental reform central to his administration. In the UK, we have seen beginning in recent months a big shake-up of the civil service, a merger of the FCO and DFID, a spate of resignations among top civil servants and plans in last December’s Conservative Party manifesto for wide-ranging constitutional reform.
So our webinar will ask what such governmental reform is likely to lead to, what are the politics around it, and what implications it might have for our countries' foreign stances.