A poll was held at Hokkaido University on the subject of on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) - "Mad Cow Disease".
On Saturday August 11, 2011, a stratified random sample of 193 residents of Seoul and its surrounding metropolitan area gathered together in a large assembly hall of a regional training facility in the outskirts of Seoul. They were gathered to discuss various aspects of the Korean unification issue – the conditions, timing, and consequences of reunifying the two Koreas – and were prepared to tackle the issue for the rest of the weekend.
To date, our collaborators in Hong Kong have not conducted a full-scale Deliberative Poll in the special administrative region. However, the CDD continues to work with Robert Chung, the director of POP at HKU on pilot projects and trainings.
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.
The Deliberative Poll in Zeguo Township, Wenling City, China, is the first to our knowledge that was conducted by the government itself and then actually implemented as a way of making public policy. We believe it is the first case in modern times of fully representative and deliberative participatory budgeting. It harks back to a form of democracy quite different from modern western style party competition – Ancient Athens.