Public Policy Planning & Consulting Co. (SEISAKU-KOUBOU) is a public policy consulting firm based in Tokyo, covering broad policy areas such as economic policy, fiscal policy, regulatory policy, administrative reform, international trade and investment, etc.
PPPC provides consulting and briefing services to the clients in the central/local governments, Diet, local assemblies and the private sector.

This blog is aimed at providing general information, latest updates and some of our analytical reports about Japan's public policy in English.
The contents include;
- updates on some important government councils, especially those in which our executive officers serve as the members,
- weekly reports on latest news in Nagata-cho, the political center in Japan, (partially).
- analytical reports and articles by our members and distinguished experts outside the firm,(partially).


This Week’s “Nagata-cho” (29.Oct-5.Nov, 2013)

 Deliberations on legislations started in the committees of the Diet
Lower House. The lawmakers entered on October 28 discussions on the
bill to establish a Japanese version of the National Security Council
on which the Cabinet places emphasis as control tower of the
diplomatic and security policy. On November 1, the opposition
Democratic Party of Japan submitted a counterproposal to the Lower
House Special Committee claiming that the bill has deficiency in the
line of orders and on its formal authority. Given that DPJ proposed
its counterproposal, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and New
Komeito started informal trilateral discussion with DPJ, where DPJ
accepted the ruling camps idea that the bill would entail
propositions suggested by DPJ. DPJ decided to agree with passage of
the bill, and as Your Party already manifested to agree on the bill,
the bill will likely pass the Lower House plenary session on November 7.

*The state of deliberations in both Houses and committees are
 available from the following websites. (Japanese only)
 House of Representatives Internet TV
 Live broadcasts and video recordings of the deliberations in the
 House of Councillors

 On October 29, the bill to boost the countrys industrial
competitiveness was put onto the discussion table in the Lower House
plenary session. The bill entails plans to promote regulatory reforms
intensively within 5 years since 2013. In particular, a
minister-in-charge will be nominated to supervise advancement of the
reforms, and new substitution plan will be released in case of failure
in the undertaking.

 Also, the Lower House Economy and Trade Committee entered discussions
on the bill to reformulate the energy business industry that was once

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