Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

EIJS Working Paper Series,
Stockholm School of Economics, The European Institute of Japanese Studies

No 159: THE JAPANESE CITIZENS INCREASING PARTICIPATION IN “CIVIL SOCIETY”; IMPLICATIONS FOR FOREIGN AID

Marie Söderberg ()
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Marie Söderberg: European Institute of Japanese Studies, Postal: Stockholm School of Economics, P.O. Box 6501, S-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: The general aim of this paper is to review structural factors in Japan’s domestic and international context that are driving changes in Japan’s civil society. The opening up of the Japanese market and the globalization of the world economy, the information revolution and technology development, and legislative changes are some of the structural factors driving the changes. Finally we will se how two legislative changes, information disclosure as well as the NPO law are affecting Japanese foreign aid policy.

Keywords: Japan’s civil society; globalization; information revolution; technology development; legislative changes; information disclosure; NPO law

JEL-codes: L30

11 pages, October 16, 2002

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