Gerald L. Curtis :: The powers of the Japanese
prime minister are different from those, for example, of the American
president. And the role of the prime minister in Japan tends to be different
from the role of prime ministers in other parliamentary systems like
Great Britain or France or Germany.
First of all, the Japanese prime minister is not the president. He is
not elected directly by the public. The prime minister is a member of
the lower house of the Diet, who is selected from the members of the
party or the parties that control the majority of members of the Diet.