Akira Okada (Associate Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Takushoku University)
Natsue Sanbe (Professor, International Graduate School of Social Science, Yokohama National University)
Tatsure Niikawa (Professor, Graduate School of Policy and Management, Doshisha University)
Koji Fujii (Professor, School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University)
Katsunori Nemoto (Group Manager, International Relations Bureau, Keidanren)
Seiro Miyaji (Research Assistant, The Tokyo Foundation)
Kiyoshi Mizuno (Former Member of the House of Representatives; aid to former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto)
PROVISION OF SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND POLICY ASSESSMENT
(SEPTEMBER 1999-FEBRUARY 2000) \3,423,208
There has been rapidly growing recognition of the need for policy assessment with regard to public- works projects. However, reviews of project budget allocation have hardly progressed. At local governments, which actually bear the burden of public- works projects, budget allocation percentages among projects remain fixed. This project has worked to develop a pilot model for the objective evaluation of the economic effects of administrative projects to increase the efficiency of budgets at the local government level. As a result, an evaluation model for public libraries was developed, and a proposal was compiled to advance the efficient use of tax revenue.
Soichi Shinohara (Professor, Department of Economics, Doshisha University)
Hisayoshi Morisugi (Professor, Graduate School of Information Service, Tohoku University)
Tadashi Yagi (Professor, Department of Economics, Doshisha University)
Jiro Nemoto (Associate Professor, School of Economics, Nagoya University)
Yoshiro Itaba (Professor, Graduate School of Policy and Management, Doshisha University)
STRATEGIES FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A STATE TECHNOLOGY REFORM SYSTEM AND ITS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
(DECEMBER 1999-APRIL 2000) \2,984,531
This project compared Japanese-Chinese relationships in primary industries and examined the science and technology policies for China in the 21st century.
Ma Yanhe (Director, Division of Materials Industry, Ministry of Science [China]; Visiting Research Fellow, The Tokyo Foundation)
(MARCH 2000-MARCH 2001) \4,226,632
Based on a national and corporate partnership, this project will submit policy proposals to promote public activities and create the "social tools" necessary for the development of empowered citizens that actively participate in society.
Motoko Mekata (Research Fellow, The Tokyo Foundation)
IT REVOLUTION AND JAPAN'S ECONOMY AND SOCIETY
(MARCH 2000-JULY 2000) \4,000,000
This project comprehensively debates policy related to Japanese government, corporations and individuals in consideration of the present and future of the IT revolution. This project will consider Japan's international contribution in the IT revolution by creating a way for Japanese society to actively participate in the IT revolution in a positive manner while forming measures to avoid the negative aspects of IT.
Jun Murai (Professor, Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University)
PUBLIC POLICY BRIEFING BOOK
(MARCH 2000-AUGUST 2000) \4,000,000
Insufficient education in public policy for Diet members associated with political parties is regarded as the primary cause of a lack of policy disputes and policy vision in legislature. To correct this condition, the project aims to deepen understanding of policy issues and increase policy formulation capabilities of members of the Diet as well as encourage policy debate in the Diet through the creation and distribution of Policy Briefing Books (text) that explain in order of importance policy issues confronting Diet members.
Shinya Okamoto (Journalist)