Deliberative Polling®: Japan

Deliberation on Energy Policy

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.

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Deliberation on Food Safety

A poll was held in November at Hokkaido University on the subject of on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) - "Mad Cow Disease".

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Deliberative Poll on the Pension System

A Deliberative Poll on was held at Keio University on May 28 and 29, 2011 in Mita, Tokyo. One hundred twenty seven people composed of male, female, and all generations were chosen from randomly selected three thousand people from all over Japan. Some participants were from Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefecture therefore turning each classroom into a microcosm of Japan.

The main theme was "Pension System, A Generational Choice." The participants discussed three themes including "Social Insurance Method or All Tax Method" in small groups. At the plenary session, participants asked scholars and specialists a variety of questions related to the theme.

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Kanagawa Deliberative Poll on Federalism Reform

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 DP is Japan's first attempt.

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