Fiscal Decentralization and Local Public Finance in Japan

Fiscal Decentralization and Local Public Finance in Japan

By Nobuki Mochida

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This book is suitable for all those who want to understand the role and performance of Japan's central and local fiscal relations as an integral part of resource allocation, stabilization and redistribution function of the public sector since the post bubble economy.

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Publisher: Routledge
Publish Date: 02/28/2016
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 9781138974333
ISBN-10: 1138974331
Language: English

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The intergovernmental fiscal issue is highly relevant given the worldwide movement toward more decentralized governance in both industrial and developing countries. Over the course of five decades Japan has developed a robust system of decentralized governance. This book investigates fiscal decentralization and local finance in Japan with a view to understanding how the process of decentralization has unfolded there and what the rest of the world can learn.

The author sheds light on the drives leading up to a need for decentralization reform over the last decade and evaluates so-called 'Trinity Reform' implemented by the Koizumi administration during 2004-2006. Finally, the book considers the decentralization process in Asian developing countries and discusses what lessons might be drawn from Japanese experiences.

This excellent study of an important subject area will be particularly useful for all those studying intergovernmental fiscal relations, public finance and public sector economics. It will also be of interest to specialist international organizations and policy makers who are involved in intergovernmental issues.

About the Author

Nobuki Mochida is a Professor at the Graduate School of Economics at the University of Tokyo, Japan.

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