September 1, 2020

Policymaking Efficiency Aided “Abe’s TPP Success,” Kato Quoted in Straits Times

Prime Minister Abe’s prolonged tenure, Research Director Sota Kato told the Straits Times, resulted in a concentration of policymaking powers in the Prime Minister’s Office and better policymaking efficiency.

“The political had been such,” he said, “that that I could never imagine the administration ever overcoming the strong opposition of the farm lobby and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries to conclude the TPP.”

“Abe resigns: Japan's longest-serving leader leaves behind much unfinished business,” Straits Times

Profile of Research Director Sota Kato