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Think Tank

In August 2014, the G1 Institute established a think tank, the
“G1 Policy Research Institute.” The institute, together with G1 members, will present and implement “100 Actions” to change Japan, where a vision and methodology toward a better Japan are defined.

Concept

1. Vision: 100 Actions

The “100 Actions” present visions for the future and specific actions to realize such visions, demonstrating a path toward Japan’s bright future.

Underlying philosophy of the 100 Actions
  • A “silent revolution” initiated by 100 actions

    The 100 Actions is a project to delineate Japan’s future visions through 100 action plans, while promoting national policy debates. Companies can turn themselves around if they can execute 10 necessary actions. Japan’s prospects may look bleak, but a brighter future will open up for us if we can carry out the 100 necessary actions.

    The 100 Actions Project is intended to develop visions and specific actions for the future Japan. The silent revolution will be over with the successful completion of the 100 actions. We are working together to make Japan’s future brighter and full of hope for the next generation.

2. Network of leaders

The G1 Research Institute makes policy recommendations using accessible language, facilitates policy debates among as many leaders and stakeholders as possible in order to reflect the diversity of differenct ideas and opinions

3. Dissemination and actions

A wide variety of leaders and other stakeholders are involved in the 100 Actions Project and are working toward the brighter future of Japan.

Advisory Board

Advisor Heizo Takenaka Director, Global Security Research Institute
Professor, Keio University
Advisory board Sakie Akiyama CEO, Saki Corporation
Yuri Okina Vice Chairman, Japan Research Institute
Ken Jimbo Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
Takashi Mitachi Co-Chairman, Japan , Boston Consulting Group
Noriyuki Yanagawa Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo
Yoshito Hori President, Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners

Action Statements

For 2014

Action Statement I: Politics
– Toward deepening and advancement of politics

  • We will make further efforts to improve the internet voting system so as to increase voting rates and generate an inflow of new electoral candidates.
  • In consideration of what constitutes true national interests, we will reform the Diet deliberation process so that ministers can make time for diplomatic visits or engagements in domestic affairs as necessary by reducing their compulsory attendance to Diet sessions and committees
  • We will endeavor to expand policy debates beyond political affiliations and encourage legislation by Diet members by revising procedures for the submission of policy drafts , which currently requires prior party approval.
  • We will initiate discussions on a drastic reform of Japan’s electoral system to reduce the existing vote weight disparity to within 200% in upper house and local elections and to as close as zero in lower house constituencies.
  • We will establish a governance framework for political parties to facilitate the advancement and deepening of Japanese politics. Further, to diversify human resources in politics, we will host cross-industry study sessions to invite wide participation regardless of political affiliations.

Action Statement II: Local government
– Reform Japan through joint and simultaneous efforts of local communities

  • Human resources: To optimize human resources allocation across Japan and vitalize administrative organizations, we will develop an internship program to facilitate exchanges of human resources among local governments and between local governments and the private sector.
  • Information & Communication Technology (ICT): To push forward the national identification number system, a key to creating innovation in administrative services, we will make focused efforts to promote wider acceptance of the identification system among local governments as well as exit from legacy ICT.
  • Education: We will promote active public-private cooperation in education that goes beyond the conventional education system. Placing athletes and other professionals in classrooms as teachers is the first step for this.
  • Child-related issues: We aim to raise the birthrate by 0.1% over a 5-year period. To this end, we will take measures in areas which have high correlations with the total fertility rate (TFR), such as promotion of marriage and reducing men’s working hours. At the same time, we will make public the “corporate child-birth rate” to measure the progress of efforts by companies.
  • Industry: To create jobs and vitalize Japan’s economy, we will develop in each localities an ecosystem that promotes venture start-ups, and foster a culture that encourages risk-taking challenges.

Action Statement III: Bureaucrats
– 5 actions

  • Nation: We will promote forward-looking discussions based on national interests from cross-ministry perspectives, engaging in people across different administrative sections. To this end, we will establish the “G1 Bureaucrats” as a mutual-learning forum.
  • Collaboration: We will seek support from and collaborate with people outside of the government so as to create a wider movement for a better Japan that goes beyond the Kasumigaseki governmental office district. To achieve this, we encourage and promote networking events.
  • Specialization: Each of us will enhance our expertise and own personality, strengthen real-life know-how via everyday experiences, and endeavor to transform Japan’s Cabinet ministries as a group of policy specialists with diverse backgrounds and positions.
  • Transmission: Recognizing our roles as Japan’s public relations agent, we will promote Japan globally as a forerunner country with strong capabilities to tackle challenges common to advanced nations. We will try to make our press releases and meeting minutes available in English.
  • Reformation: To achieve more efficient government administration that seeks to fulfill policy goals, we will endeavor to facilitate the self-transformation of our organizational culture without relying on formalities and precedents. We will make concrete proposal to reform the civil service system at our own initiative.

Action Statement IV: Media
– Topics for discussion from the perspectives of the changing forms of media

  • The “G1 Media Award” where good media practices are given due acclaim
  • Journalism that makes proposals, rather than gives criticism
  • Promotion of information/contents in overseas countries
  • Development of journalists and content providers
  • Active cross-industry communication and dialogue

Action Statement V: Sports
– Expand the potential of sports

  • We will promote proactive cooperation between athletes and the government.
  • We will promote proactive cooperation between athletes and local communities.
  • We will thoroughly support athletes’ learning processes.
  • We will strengthen sports and sporting games as well as Japan’s sports community.
  • We will plan and implement the G1 Sports Summit (tentative name).

Action Statement VI: NPOs - Social entrepreneurship: roles and new challenges

  • Creation of a social capitalists’ platform
  • The G1 Summit-KIBOW Social Award
  • Creation of social markets
  • Development of social business education program
  • Development of laws regarding information disclosure by NPOs