The Japanese Diet and the U.S. Congress have in common many of the characteristics of democratic institutions, similarities that can be seen in the way the two legislative bodies are constituted, in what they do, and in how they do it. At the same time, there are disparities that stem from each nation's unique cultural background and political experiences. Both the similarities and the differences are treated in this unique study. The authors, well-known japanese and U.S. scholars, illuminate significant factors that not only underlie the differing roles of the Diet and the Congress in the two governments and the style of each government, but also help shape the nature of the interaction between japan and the U.S.

chapter |7 pages


ByFrancis R. Valeo, Tadashi Yamamoto

part Part 1|103 pages

The Japanese Diet

chapter 1|13 pages

The Diet in the Japanese Political System

ByKan Ori

chapter 2|14 pages

Political Parties and the Diet

ByHiroshi Yamato

chapter 3|21 pages

Diet Structure, Organization, and Procedures

ByKoichi Kishimoto

chapter 4|17 pages

Diet Members

ByShoichi Izumi

chapter 5|19 pages

The Diet and the Bureaucracy: The Budget as a Case Study

ByKoji Kakizawa

chapter 6|13 pages

The Role of the Diet in Foreign Policy and Defense

ByShuzo Kimura

part Part 2|87 pages

The U.S. Congress

chapter 7|12 pages

Congress in the U.S. Political System

ByJames L. Sundquist

chapter 8|14 pages

The U.S. Congress: Structure, Party Organization, and Leadership

ByRobert L. Peabody

chapter 9|14 pages

The Making of a Law: The U.S. Legislative Process

ByRalph D. Nurnberger

chapter 10|16 pages

The Member of the U.S. Congress

BySusan Webb Hammond

chapter 11|12 pages

The U.S. Congress in Budgeting and Finance

ByJoel Havemann

chapter 12|17 pages

The U.S. Congress in Foreign Relations, Trade, and Defense

ByCharles E. Morrison