Beyond Taxation: Discourse around Energy Policy in Japan


Energy policy literature tends to emphasise the impact of taxation on energy preference. However, the present case concerning extremely low acceptance of diesel cars in Japan could not be explained by taxation. As a possible factor, the paper sheds light upon discourse around the energy policy. The policy aimed to characterise diesel technology as emitting particulate matter and nitrogen oxide (NOx). The paper contributes to extending the existing understanding of the role of public policy by embracing the linguistic interactions complemented by visualisation.


Energy Policy, Taxation, Discourse, Diesel, Interpretive Policy Analysis


Takahiro ENDO
Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration
Kobe University
Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe
657-8501 Japan
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Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Commerce and Management

Yoritoshi HARA
Meiji University, School of Commerce