Government Relation

Political Analysis and Advocacy

There are many cases that issues are no more administrative and rather political. In such cases, political analysis that usually means analysing key politicians' interests becomes important. There have been many issues whose results would have been different without political influence. There have been cases that political advocacy worked and led to innovative decisions.

Our work usually starts with if issues can be political or not and then we analyze key parties/politicians interests. There are sometimes cases that issues should be treated or proposed as political.

Administrative Procedure

Administrative procedure in Japan has been improved lately. At the same time, it is a fact that there have been many voices that it is still not transparent enough. Or, we would say that there are many administative procedures difficult to understand.

Our work usually starts with explaining standard administrative procedures and, when procedure is not solidified, we analyze relevant bureaucrats background, because there are many cases that administrative decisions are belonging to key bureaucrats' interests.

Government Budget

Government spending is quite important for specific sectors and the number of non-Japanese companies who have interests in government procurement, is increasing. The fiscal year of the Japaense government starts in April and ends in March, and government budget planning starts usually before summer.

Our work starts with understanding what clients want to do and presenting what they should do along the standard schedule. We also propose some projects using government budget that have synergies with their businesses.

Information Disclosure

The Information Disclosure Law was executed in 2001 and, since then, anybody can request administrative documents to the Japanese government. When doing policy research, gathing relevant administrative documents through information disclosure is important. Disclosure request can be done by mail, but practically requester (or his/her staff) has to visit information disclosure office in relevant ministries/agencies. This is because, in order to identify and request specific documents to be disclosed, he/she needs to discuss with this office's staffs.

Our work starts with identifying specific documents to be disclosed by coordinating with information disclosure office. During this coordination, sometimes official disclosure request becomes not needed for relevant bureaucrat's discretion. There are cases that requester does not want to disclose its identity to ministries/agencies and instead we do such request

No-action Letter

So-called Japanese version no-action letter system was introduced in 2001. This system is created and named after no-action letter provided by the US government. Anybody can request its business plan's applicability to a relevant laws and responsible ministry presents formal interpretation. Such interpretation in a planning stage shouild be important for entrepeneurs and innovative companies, but reality is that this system is not well used.

Our work starts with reviewing business plan and recommend how to request no-action letter. There are many cases that requester does not want to disclose its identity to the public and instead we do such request, because formal interpretation including requester's identity is disclosed to the public.

(Please note that there are similar systems called System to Remove Gray Zone Areas and System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests.)

Public Comment

Public comment system was introduced just before 2000. Right now, when ministries/agencies try to revise their regulations, they need to collect public comments. Anybody can submit public comments to revision draft, and these days, some public comments are actually chosen to be part of revision final draft.

Our work starts with client's desire to send comment and drafts such a comment. There are cases that client wants to organize many of similar comments to be submitted.