Political Science | Japanese Politics
Y334 | 3692 | Kasza
This course examines modern Japan's political institutions and
foreign relations. There are no prerequisites. Major topics include the
legacy of prewar politics; the reforms of the U.S. Occupation after World
War II; the police and judicial system in one of the world's most crime-free
societies; the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party, big
business, and the bureaucracy, sometimes referred to as "Japan
Incorporated;" monelite groups, including labor, women, and victims of
pollution; Japan's defense policy and relations with the U.S., China and
Russia; political culture.
Required work includes about 70 pp. of reading per week, midterm and
final exams, and a term paper of 7-8 pp.