Regulatory state transformation with an unusual approach
in Understanding governance in contemporary Japan
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This chapter examines the specific characteristics of Japan’s ICT regulation after the 1980s. The chapter first considers the impact of state transformation through the institutional characteristic of the ICT regulator as a ministry and the lack of an independent regulator. The impact of the collective view and power relations among the state actors regarding issues such as regulatory organisations exemplifies the development of state transformation. The second section looks into the capacity of the state in ICT regulation and its transformation. The last section considers the nature of Japan’s state transformation in ICT regulation after the 1980s, pulling together the analysis hitherto.

Understanding governance in contemporary Japan

Transformation and the regulatory state


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