Research Programs: Policy History and Policy Assessment

Political Analysis and Policy History Research on the Kyoto Protocol Negotiations

Project Leader/Sub-Leader


MAKIHARA Izuru (Faculty Fellow)



Global warming and climate change have been the crucial political issues in Japan since the end of the 20th century. In this policy area, coordination among stakeholders (e.g., inter-departmental and inter-industrial coordination) is indispensable. The adoption of the Kyoto Protocol, which was the first experience for Japan to tackle this policy, was the result of a hard bargaining process. In previous research, however, there was insufficient investigation on the recognition of decision-makers and the details of decision-making processes. Oral history research that collects historical information from individuals involved in the political process is necessary for understanding the whole political debate. We analyze the origin of Japan's global warming policy by conducting interviews with the political actors involved in the Kyoto Protocol negotiations.

October 5, 2015 - September 30, 2017

Major Research Results


RIETI Discussion Papers