College Of Arts And Sciences | Japan's Economic Miracle
E104 | 0149 | Kasza
1:25-2:15 TR CH 033
Thus far Japan is the only non-Western country to take its place
among the world's fully industrialized democracies. This course
explores many dimensions of Japan's economic success. These include
the pattern of economic development, techniques of factory
management, the employment system, the role of women, government
policy, and the impact of foreign trade.
Scholars have offered various interpretations of Japan's success.
Some believe that the legacy of the past gave Japan a head start in
the race for economic growth. Others argue that the cultural values
of the Japanese, such as their strong sense of hierarchy and group
orientation, deserve most of the credit for the economic "miracle" of
the late twentieth century. Another approach is to treat Japan's
success as the achievement of politicians and business people who
provided astute leadership and built effective institutions. A final
school attributes Japan's success to a supportive international
environment, including such factors as the U.S. nuclear umbrella and
the availability of foreign technology. Throughout the course, we
will grapple with these contradictory interpretations as we study
Japan's political economy.
Written work for the course will include a term paper, two short
quizzes, and a mid-term and final exam.