Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Raphael Zariski

Second Advisor

Dr. Joong-Gun Chung


The adaptational approach to comparative politics will be investigated in order to apply the best method to the study of the structural-functional features of the Japanese local government system. That adaptation of local government to meet the demands of the masses for better living conditions has started a new phase of prefectural administration in Japan. In the last fifteen years, the adverse effects of industrialization and urbanization on Japanese localities have increased their costs over their benefits and forced the people to push for stronger environmental policies to protect their health and welfare. The response to the demands of the masses for anti-pollution measures has come from the governors of the prefectural governments and has greatly affected the very nature of the Japanese local government system.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright John R. Wingender May, 1980