Japan Post Reform: Return to Sender
May 30, 2012
Reform and privatization of Japan Post – Japan’s largest bank, insurer, and public employer, as well as its postal service – has been a central issue in Japanese politics for more than a decade. Legislation passed by Japan’s Diet on April 27 has rolled back the privatization process started under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, underscoring the considerable political obstacles to badly needed economic reform in Japan. This Simon Chair Policy Brief explores these obstacles.