@Jakarta, lol sorry, but I generally have some criticisms towards the two proposals here, so I want to make new one with the best parts of either, with the edition of the shinkansen.
[X] Plan Best of both worlds.
[X] Review of the Zaibatsu: In order to prevent a repeat of the Yasuda Crisis, all publically traded companies will open all financial records to an annual review by a third-party accounting firm. Those companies with fraudulent or incomplete records shall be given one year grace to correct the errors. Those firms that refuse to submit such records or fail to correct errors shall not be eligible for government contracts or funds, criminal prosecution and/or fines.
[x] Basic social safety net: The ongoing crisis has highlighted the shocking lack of support, alternatives and stigma for people that for one reason or another lost their jobs or other sources of income. Task the government with producing a comprehensive and unified national plan in regards to retirement, unemployment benefits and ways for the most unfortunate of Imperial subjects may have access to enough income to cover their basic needs. Funds may be secured from employer and employee contributions, the national budget and things like lottery ticket sales.
[x] The Shinkansen.
Shinji Sogo, formerly director of the South Manchurian Railway Company, has presented a revolutionary plan towards the Imperial Diet, a train that can go up towards 210-220 Km/h. Such a project is unheard of, many experts thinking that flight will be the future of the travel while the likeliness of trains staying relevant for any longer will be very low, however, on the other hand, the prospect of a vast network of high-speed railways going through the islands of Japan, the Korean Peninsula, the lands of China, and the plains of India and beyond, transporting people and goods cheaply en mass, does seem like a wonderous idea both economically and militarily wise. A high-speed rail on the islands of Japan, linking the economic centres of Tokyo and Osaka, must be tried. After all, it's not like
[X] Alternative Power: While the Sphere currently produces enough petroleum for its needs the rising industrialization of the sphere along with military and civilian demands will soon exceed supplies. Therefore, the government along with partners in the Sphere we shall conduct a survey for locations for wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, nuclear and tidal power generation potential. We shall then begin construction of new power plants to meet the growing needs of the sphere along with researching more efficient power generation, distribution and storage methods.
I kind of agree with @Eliar, in that UBI might be too early, too radical for the times, but I absolutely do not want to see Purge Time Is Best Time and the creation of a force directly led by the Emperor happen. Give the power to the emperor as much as you want, but creating a Praetorian Guard has never been a wise choice for any ruler.
Ah, I just noticed I forgot to add @christopher_sni ideas for a solution towards the attempted coup.Then propose a solution for the attempted coup ?
“I have already gotten the director of the PSIA to look out for these people, monitor their activities, but we need to capture all of them in one go, and I need your government’s support in this. Are you willing to do so?”
[X] This government shall support His Majesty, however, the investigation must be done properly like any other investigation. Hard evidence like paper records must be gathered and surveillance warrants obtained from the court. We cannot rely simply on witnesses or rumors. These restrictions will reinforce our image to the people that we are interested in justice and not petty retribution.
Can we get rid of any of the battleships or would the Navy throw a hissy fit?