Prime ministerial leadership

Authored by: Tomohito Shinoda

Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics

Print publication date:  February  2011
Online publication date:  February  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415551373
eBook ISBN: 9780203829875
Adobe ISBN: 9781136818387

10.4324/9780203829875.ch5

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Abstract

A Japanese prime minister possesses numerous political resources under the British-style parliamentary system. As head of the cabinet that is vested with executive power, the prime minister is at the top of the executive branch. He leads the political party or a coalition of parties that holds the majority of seats in the powerful Lower House. The prime minister handles both administrative and political affairs as the leader of the government and the ruling party or coalition.

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