The LA Times reports on Naoto Kan’s victory Tuesday which clears the way for stability in the challenging role of PM in Japan.
Japanese politics can be difficult, but hopefully this will lead the way to the possibility for GaaP thinking to be further supported. The Central Government has been involved with numerous efforts including METI’s Open Government efforts very recently (As well as JTA, MEXT and University of Tokyo). The more we can utilize this calm in the storm to create a lasting peace, the netter we will be set to help push Open Government in Japan. Hopefully Kan’s background as Finance Minister will lead the way to economic platform thinking as well, helping to lead Japan, and the world, ot of the recession.
METI’s efforts must be extended into the rest of Central government and the Prefectures must also adopt open government stances. Tokyo is well positioned to accomplish this and more and a number of regional governments could help Kan by taking the lead as well.