(Tokyo Shimbun: February 26, 2016 – p. 6)
On Feb. 25, the government held a session in Tokyo to exchange views with university students over its “administrative project review” program, under which central government offices examine their projects on their own to determine whether they are effective. The university students proposed remedial measures, including one to have people, including students, participate in the selection of projects subject to review. Administrative Reform Minister Taro Kono said to them: “I hope we will be able to implement even one or two your proposals.”
The government apparently held the session with the aim of heightening young people’s sense of participation in politics before the voting age is lowered to 18.
Osaka University Graduate School Prof. Nobuo Akai, who had taken part in the review as an expert, suggested that the government hold the session. About 20 students studying at Osaka University participated. (Abridged)