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Environmental Aspect of Foreign Policies of Administration of Shinzo Abe

Student: Alisa Eranosian

Supervisor: Dmitry Novikov

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: Double degree programme in International Relations of the NRU HSE and the University of London (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

This paper focuses on analysis of Japan’s environmental foreign policies during the time period of administration of Shinzo Abe beginning from his second term in power. It addresses the question of how these policies avoid the vagueness and indecisiveness that is rooted in the bureaucratic politics, characteristic for Japan’s decision making in the sphere of environmental action. Since most of the research examining the impacts of bureaucratic politics on Japan’s environmental policies is either concentrated on or conducted in the time period before Abe’s administration, an analysis that take this into consideration can provide interesting insights. This paper starts with a lengthy historical analysis that indicates the preconditions and tendencies that are prominent in Japanese environmental policies, and then proceeds to compare them with the ones that are common to the current administration, through a thorough document analysis. It becomes evident that the environmental policies of Shinzo Abe owe their unique quality to a shifted balance among Japanese ministries in favor of METI, that occurred as a result of Abe’s focus on economic revival of Japan. The paper also addresses the twofold implications of that specific policy making.

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