Political Science | Japanese Politics
Y334 | 3939 | Kasza

This course surveys Japan's modern political institutions and foreign
policy.  There are no prerequisites.  Class meetings combine lectures
and student discussion, and the required work includes a term paper
and two exams.

We will spend about three weeks on the period from the late 19th
century to the U.S. Occupation of Japan after World War II,
emphasizing continuities and discontinuities after the war.  We will
then cover the police, the judiciary, elections, the party system,
the bureaucracy, the press, interest groups in sectors such as big
business and agriculture, and political culture.  Special attention
will go to the state's industrial policy, welfare policy, and policy
toward the environment.

Regarding foreign relations, we will examine Japanese policy toward
Korea and China as well as security and trade relations between Japan
and the United States.