Evaluation of the Abe Administration's Management -2.8 points out of 5

July 11, 2013

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.

Avoid facing the issues of fiscal reconstruction, Social Security

On the other hand, the principles under which policies on fiscal reconstruction, social security, energy and agriculture are to be advanced still remain vague and it is unclear how the administration looks to proceed towards such goals.

In regards to financial reconstruction, there was no mention of this in last year s manifesto and it was supplemented by the "J-File" and Abe's general and administrative policy speeches. Abe also announced that he would ar s manifesto and it was supplemented by the "J-File" and Abeeep a close look at the future of the administration. ratio by the early 2020's" in his "Basic Plan for Economic and Fiscal Reform (Honebuto Policies),liciesthe proposal of concrete measures have been postponed until the mid-term fiscal plan after the elections.

The proposal of concrete measures in other fields such as social security, energy and agriculture has also been postponed until the outcome of the House of Councillors election. While this delay was accompanied by sufficient explanation to the people, it resulted in a low overall grade.

This evaluation was based on 11 categories and 70 items extracted as verifiable policies from the 169 items of the Policy Bank adopted by the Liberal Democratic Party in the Lower House elections at the end of 2012 and established in consideration of the 328 items of the "J-File" and the prime ministers general and administrative policy speeches. Based on these items, evaluation was made as to how each of these policies functions and progress towards realizing their goals. If the policies were stalled, abolished or amended, evaluation was made based on the criteria of whether explanations had been offered to the citizens.

Read Representative Kudo Yasushi's comment

Evaluation of the Abe Administration's Management

Post-Earthquake Reconstruction
Economic Revival
Finance Reform
Educational Policy
Diplomacy and Security Policy
Social Security Policy
Nuclear and Energy Policy
Decentralization of Authority
Agricultural Policy
Political Reform
Constitutional Revisions
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Evaluation Criteria

1 point: policy goals that the party has yet to embark on or has abandoned
2 points: policy measures that the party has attempted but has no prospect of achieving
3 points:measures that are being undertaken, have produced some results but are lagging behind schedule
4 points:measures undertaken and on-schedule but whose success cannot be predicted
5 points: measures undertaken and moving toward completion

An outline of the 11 evaluation categories will be updated as soon as it is available.

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