On May 10, a Japanese local TV show aired the moment when Heizo Takenaka,he was in charge of many ministerial position at Koizumi era as inducer of neoliberalism through more flexible labor movement, exclaimed against economist–Takaaki Mitsuhashi, “That is insulting!”
Mitsuhashi asked Takenaka about his concern on conflict of interest in Abe’s some advisory councils inviting tops of companies as public councilors, because they could influence with the government in the way that the industries want to do. And he threw the question, “can it be allowable”?
Takenaka replied the question by saying they joined the councils as experts, not as business persons. But just after that, he admitted that today’s many advisory councils are made based on such conflict of interest, and these have to be broken down.
But he, to the end, hadn’t admit his own’s influence to the government on recent relaxation regulation policy to fire employees more easily.
In fact, he is the chairman of the board in Pasona Group Inc., the group’s main businesses are temporary staffing servicing, outsourcing and global sourcing workforce, outplacement, or some kinds of workforce broker operations.
The businesses are very close to recent quick determinations of Abe’s “growth strategy” permitting low-skill immigrants, increasing non-permanent workers, and zero overtime payments that would force Japanese employees to work far more hours without paying.
And the government side, Takenaka also sits the chair in Industrial Competitiveness Council(産業競争力会議) with tops of Rakuten, Takeda pharmaceutical company, and other business leaders.
Then Mitsuhashi’s concern is probably right. Takenaka seems to gain the profit through the council.
On March 15, 2013, at the forth Industrial Competitiveness Council(page 9), Takenaka suggested to reverse the budget ratio of Employment Adjustment Subsidy–it promotes keeping employee in company, and labor transfer subsidy–it gives money to business owners when they outsource with a employment placement agency. At that time, the ratio is 1000:5, but he offer to reverse it at a burst.
Almost a year later, Takenaka’s offer partly came true. In March, 2014, the budget of labor transfer subsidy was extended to 1.5 times higher than before. The pre-revised version was only when a fired worker is rehired, but now it is ok when just requiring a employment agency to search for rehiring company.
So, at least these ties in councils show a tiny tip of driving force what would be pushing Abe forward. But Pasona seems to be doing in many area according to rumors on the net. I left it for the other blog posts.
Data which would support the topic:
List of participants of Advisory councils and check list of correspondent policy of the government.
Regulations on conflict of interest.
Political donations to the Liberal Republic Party by companies.
Some source to know Abe’s “growth strategy” in English:
- Japan politics: Yuko Obuchi’s payoff scandal and data mining strategy
- Data: Japanese political donations to the Liberal Democratic Party is digitalized
- A staffing company drives Abe administration to fire workers and get subsidy
- D3.js and Blender: Vertical plot for CPI of Japan
- Yakuza 3D map with stacking symbols
- Road to Fukushima: “Personal donations” of electric power companies’ board members to political party.