August 27(Saturday)

Matters undertaken by the Kan administration:
A general report (3)
Measures Taken from the Point of View of the People as Members of Society at Both the National and Local Levels

 

The third topic in this series focuses on "measures taken from the point of view of the people as members of society at both the national and local levels."  The Kan administration since its earliest days advocated the achievement of "a society with the least unhappiness."  This column compiles the administration's efforts towards giving concrete shape to this vision.

(Numbers in red are sequential throughout this series of articles.)

 

Resolution of Issues through Efforts by Task Force Teams

The five "Task Force Teams" created under the instruction of Prime Minister Kan were organized with members from various entities in a way that transcends the boundaries of ministries and agencies, in order to bring about the swift resolution of issues.  These Teams have been actively engaged in advancing responses to their particular issues to any degree possible to help realize "a society with the least unhappiness."

 

(1) Recovery of the remains of the war dead in Iwo Island [24]

The "Task Force Team for the Recovery of the Remains of the War Dead in Iwo Island" was established in August 2010.  Burial sites were identified as the outcome of research in the United States into a huge amount of public records numbering 600 boxes and some 400,000 pages in length.  This led to the recovery of the remains of 822 war dead (within fiscal 2010), a figure unprecedented in recent years.  In addition, Prime Minister Kan was the first sitting Prime Minister to participate in actual work to recover remains on site in Iwo Island.

For related video(KAN-FULL TV) click HERE.

 

(2) Employment of new graduates [25]

The "Task Force Team for the Employment of New Graduates" was inaugurated in August 2010.  Within six days of its establishment, this team compiled 'emergency measures related to the employment of new graduates' as response measures to the severe employment situation.  In addition to doubling the number of Job Supporters (professionals charged with assisting job seekers during the employment search and subsequent application process), the administration made requests in concrete terms to the business community regarding the employment of new graduates.

For related video(KAN-FULL TV) click HERE.

 

(3) Responses to HTLV-1 [26]

The "Task Force Team for Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Type 1 (HTLV-1)" was established in September 2010.  That December, a comprehensive policy was compiled addressing research and development on the prevention and treatment of the virus "HTLV-1," which causes adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) and other illnesses, as well as the development of a framework for consultation and treatment regarding this virus.

For related video(KAN-FULL TV) click HERE.

 

(4) Eliminating childcare waiting lists [27]

October 2010 saw the creation of the "Task Force Team for Eliminating Childcare Waiting Lists," which formulated "An Anticipatory Project for Elimination of Childcare Waiting Lists" that November.  As the budget for fiscal 2011, 20 billion yen was directed to these efforts, with the provision of subsidies also to non-registered childcare facilities whose quality has been ensured.

For related video(KAN-FULL TV) click HERE.

 

(5) Social inclusion [28]

The "Task Force Team for a Society Inclusive of Individuals" came into being in January 2011.  To respond to the new social risk of 'isolation,' in May the Team announced its "Fundamental Approach towards Promoting Policies for Social Inclusion" and then in August it compiled concrete 'urgent policy proposals,' including one-stop consultation services, among other measures.

For related video(KAN-FULL TV) click HERE.

 

Political decisions and institutional designs that take the point of view of the people as members of society at both the national and local levels

Last December, Prime Minister Kan [29] decided not to appeal a Fukuoka High Court ruling ordering the opening of the drainage gates of the Isahaya Bay dike.  The government devised a concrete methodology for opening the gates and also conducted on environmental assessment to enable the formulation of all necessary measures to ensure that no negative impacts arise in the areas of disaster prevention, agricultural management, or fishing.

In June this year, the government signed a Letter of Understanding for the settling of the lawsuits connected to hepatitis B contraction [30] with the plaintiffs groups in these lawsuits.

In addition, the review of the system governing donations to NPOs will support the foundation of activities undertaken by NPOs, which will play a key role in the "New Public Commons."  The review of the system will also lead to the promotion of volunteer activities.

 

Efforts placing particular emphasis on employment, etc.

The following overriding principles, which were introduced within the category of "Economic Policies" in the previous entry, also reflect the perspective of the people at both the national and local levels.

First of all, emphasis has been placed on the 'creation of employment,' an approach that dramatically shifted the approach existing until now.  This thinking is grounded upon the idea that the 'loss of a job' is not merely a matter of economic difficulty, but in fact causes the loss of a 'place to belong and role to play' as an individual, and is among the most significant factors in falling into an unhappy state.

Moreover, by enhancing the sustainability of public finances and social security, the "integrated reform of social security and taxation systems" will also form a foundation for "a society with the least unhappiness."

 

The next installment will take up "the promotion of diplomacy and national security."



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