In collaboration with our partners at Keio University in Japan, a city-wide Deliberative Poll was conducted in the city of Sapporo, Japan. The Deliberative Polling® event focused on the important issue of snow removal and snow management in the city. Annually, the city of Sapporo experiences one of the highest snowfalls in the world, as such the city faces tough decisions of how to manage snow efficiently and effectively for the safety and livelihood of its residents.
For the first time, the central government introduced Deliberative Polling® to better reflect public opinion in compiling basic policies for nuclear power and other energy sources. The public opinions expressed will be used in deciding basic energy policies.
A poll was held at Hokkaido University on the subject of on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) – “Mad Cow Disease”.
A Deliberative Poll on was held at Keio University on May 28 and 29, 2011 in Mita, Tokyo. The main theme was “Pension System, A Generational Choice.”
The Deliberative Poll has been used for policy making purposes by administrative bodies in America and Europe as a way to hear well informed citizens’ opinions, something that conventional polls cannot achieve. The Kanagawa deliberation on Federalism reform is Japan’s first attempt.