• Mission Statement

    Our ultimate mission is to create a strong democracy and a strong civic society on the strength of debates.

  • What is The Genron NPO

    We are an independent, non-partisan think tank sustained and supported by a network of well-informed prominent figures.

  • Immediate Goals

    Create strong politics capable of solving issues with the strength of voter-led democracy and sound debate.

  • President: Yasushi Kudo

Kudo’s Blog; "Perilous Japan-China Relations" Shown in Japanese and Chinese Public Opinion Polls

-The surprising reason why the Chinese people call Japan "Expansionism"-

 

Over 90 Percent of Peoples Have an Unfavorable Impression of Each Other

The results of the The 9th Japan-China Joint Popular Opinion Survey were released the other day. This is a joint survey that has been conducted by The Genron NPO and the Chinese newspaper publisher, China Daily, since 2005. The results of the 9th survey were publicized widely by both the Japanese and Chinese media.

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The Genron NPO  (Representative Yasushi Kudo) and
China Daily has released the result of the ninth Japan-China joint public opinion poll.

The perceptions and feelings of the Japanese and Chinese public towards each other have worsened across-the-board in the past one year. Worsening of mood between both societies can be attributed to tensions between the two countries over the Senkaku Islands.

The issue had a significant influence on results in almost all question areas, including mutual impressions, perceptions of bilateral relations, and the future of Japan-China ties. Lack of personal interaction between the two societies, dependence on domestic media for information on each other's countries, as well as structural factors can be seen to lie behind this trend.

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by Yasushi Kudo

The Genron NPO has released a manifesto evaluation and a "basic evaluation" of election manifestos by nine major political parties. While conducting of a "basic evaluation" should essentially be unnecessary, we are now facing a situation where the public is unable to make a judgment over the content of party manifestos that have increasingly become mere dead letters. In order to examine the discourses in manifestos, we have conducted a "basic evaluation", assessing six aspects, grading each on a five-point scale. Our results show that all political parties scored within one or two points. With regards to promises made to the public, our results show that most manifestos do not fulfill the criteria of a policy pledge.

 

"Basic evaluation" - do pledges by political parties address the constituents and issues at hand  in present Japan?

 

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The Genron NPO released the results of their 9-party Manifesto Evaluation for the 23rd House of Councillors election to be held July 21, 2013.  The results, announced today, can be viewed on The Genron NPO website.(Japanese only)

For this election, the parties' campaign pledges had deteriorated dramatically, generating a condition in which citizens cannot make judgments on the various policies.  Because there is a high probability that national elections will be held for nearly 3 years after this upcoming House of Councillors election, this election is an exceedingly important opportunity asking for judgments to be made by the public.

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A Conscious Eye for Results/ Commitment to Economic Policies

The Genron NPO announced its evaluation of the Abe administration's achievements before the upcoming House of Councillors election. The overall results showed 2.8 points out of 5, the highest of the successive regimes, and the prime minister's strong commitment to producing "tangible achievements" in view of the House of Councillors election has had a positive influence in this result.

His economic policy, Abenomics, has not only put his policies into effect but has been evaluated for its awareness of producing real effects, attaining the highest grade at 3.7 points. While the administration's quantitative and qualitative easing policies, goal to achieve a 2% inflation target in about two years and the change it has instilled in Japan's view of the market have been rated in a positive light, it is not yet clear whether these goals will in fact be achieved by Abenomics and there is still a need to keep a close look at the future of the administration. The Abe administration scored above 3 points in the fields of economic revival, education, post-tsunami (earthquake) recovery and diplomacy and security.

 

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The second executive committee meeting on the “9th Tokyo-Beijing Forum” was held in Tokyo on May 16th, with participation by approximately 30 members led by committee chairman Yasushi Akashi (chairman of the International House of Japan).

第1回日韓未来対話

Prominent opinion leaders from Japan and South Korea agreed at a Tokyo forum May 11 to overcome the differences in historical perceptions and the territorial dispute between the two neighboring countries through future-oriented private-sector debate.

They also agreed that the sour bilateral relations should be rectified by finding common ground and common agendas on which both countries could collaborate to address pressing issues in East Asia, if not global ones.

The First Japan-Korea Future Dialogue, organized by the Genron NPO and South Korean think tank East Asia Institute (EAI), was attended by nine Japanese politicians, journalists and other prominent figures, including Yoriko Kawaguchi, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuo Ogura,  former Ambassador to South Korea, and Shintaro Ito, a former Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs.


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We, the Genron NPO, evaluate the performance of the government in power to offer the voters comprehensive food for thought at the pre-election season. The Abe administration has scored relatively high at the average of 2.8 of 5. taking into account the score of the past administrations. We have selected the policy issues of high importance for the administration and carried out the analysis. Not only have we analyzed whether or not the government has embarked upon the pledged policy agenda, but also whether practical approach has been taken in realization of the policy agenda.


‘Abenomics’: aiming to yield results

On the policy agenda, ‘Abenomics’ has received the highest evaluation. The Abe administration has been focusing on the management of economic issues in the past six months.

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Against the backdrop of instability of governance within the East Asian region and emergence of nationalism in various countries, the Genron NPO has initiated a dialogue between peoples of Japan and South Korea in the belief that inter-governmental talks alone do not suffice to solve the issues at hand. Under such circumstances, the so called multi-stake-holders, who are directly involved with the cause and direction of the challenges, need to take part in the transparent dialogue and such dialogue should be endorsed by the public opinion.

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Survey Overview

This opinion poll in Japan was conducted through a method of door to door visitation of men and women over the age of 18 (excluding high school students) from March 30th to April 15th. The total number of valid responses obtained was 1,000. The respondents' highest level of education was 45.1% high school graduate, 20.8% junior college/technical college graduate, 19.7% Bachelor's degree and 2.5% Master's degree.

The opinion poll in South Korea, on the other hand, was carried out through interviews by poll takers with men and women throughout Korea over the age of 19, conducted from March 25th to April 15th. The number of valid responses obtained was 1,004 and the respondents' highest level of education was 39.5% high school graduate, 11.6% college student/drop-out (including technical schools), 33.2% Bachelor's degree and 1.4% Master's degree.

The Genron NPO and East Asia Institute further conducted surveys separate from these opinion polls with intellectuals from both Japan and Korea between early to mid April. In Japan, questionnaires were sent to 2,000 intellectuals who had previously participated in discussions and surveys conducted by the Genron NPO, from which 575 responses were obtained.

The occupations of the intellectuals who responded included 20.7% company executives, 3.3% in media occupations, 3% national government officials, 2.1% local government officials, 0.9% politicians/party affiliates, 33.6% academics/researchers, 5.9% NPO/NGO members, 5.7% affiliates from each organization, 5.4% students, 3.1% self-employed, and 16.3% other. Intellectuals were likewise selected in South Korea, with 393 responses. Intellectuals' occupations in South Korea included 3.8% politicians, 36.1% professors, 18.3% researchers, 6.6% company executives, 11.5% public officials (including those working in public institutions), 7.6% journalists, 2.8% NGO staff, 6.9% professionals such as lawyers/accountants/doctors, and 6.4% other.

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