Rupturing the cycle: Japan's leadership vacuum
by Yinghui Xu
International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management (IJCLM), Vol. 2, No. 3, 2013

Abstract: Faced with the rise of China, the weakening of the Japanese economy, strained US relations over the Okinawa Base and Sino-Japan territorial disputes in the South China Sea, Japan needs strong and decisive leadership more than ever before. Yet, there is widespread apathy and disillusionment with the government, where popularity ratings of both the ruling and opposition parties were a miserable 17% and 15% in 2011. Global opinion of Japan's government has been further undermined by repeated political reshuffles of six prime ministers in six years. In order to restore public confidence, we must first map out the complexity of the system and identify the social, political and structural factors that are fundamental to this systemic failure. Only then can we identify the leverage points to rupture this cycle, to create motion and hopefully, momentum for change.

Online publication date: Wed, 02-Jul-2014

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