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Case Study

Case Study

Course Highlights In-class discussion is a primary focus of the class, through which students are introduced to recent cases of policy formation in Japan. For this year, students should precisely observe one particular local government to obtain fixed-point data so that students become familiar with political issues, responsive actions and governance in a real municipal body and learn to assess them in relation to regulations and operation. Through this process, they also learn the on-going local government decentralization reform and its effects. The local government to be observed will be the City of Sahara in Chiba prefecture. Students must engage in a field research after they receive basic information of the city in class. Hearings from relevant parties for local policies, local organizations, and relevant parties in the prefecture and the central government must be performed to capture an entire picture of various issues presented. Students should finalize a policy paper and submit to the City of Sahara.


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