Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School School of Law Law Day Program
Lecture Code F9006143 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Politics and Foreign Relations of Japan
Subject Name
ポリティックス アンド フォーイン リレイションズ オブ ジャパン
Subject Name in
Politics and Foreign Relations of Japan
ヨシダ オサム,モリベ セイイチ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  First Semester,  First Semester
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1st) Thur9-10:LAW/ECO B152
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture, Discussion and Presentations by students 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction E : English
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 02 : Political Science
Eligible Students Japanese and non-Japanese students who have some English ability.
Keywords Politics, Political Parties, Government, Foreign Relations, Japan, “husa” 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Business Law
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The basic knowledge・understanding on international conditions and peace.

Public Policy
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The basic knowledge・understanding on international conditions and peace.

Law and Politics Program
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The basic knowledge・understanding on modern dynamics of political process, contents of social structures and international situation. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This course is aimed at providing the basic knowledge and understanding of Japanese politics, both domestic and foreign, in English for Japanese and non-Japanese students.  Current policy debates on domestic and foreign policies of Japan and its new style of politics since the political reform of 1994 will be explored.  Students are expected to actively participate in the discussion that follows the lecture delivered by the instructors. 
Class Schedule 1. Introduction
I: Politics in Japan
2. Structures of Japan’s Polity
3. The Diet: Carbon-Copy, Transformable Legislatures or political Arena?
4. Parties and Party System: Re-alignment or De-alignment?
5. Interest Groups: Insider or Outsider?
6. Ministries and the Cabinet: Fragmentation or Integration?
7. Politics in Changing Japanese Society
8. Summary of Part I
II: Foreign Relations of Japan
9. A Member of the West: The Centrality of Bilateral Relations with US in Japan’s Foreign Policy
10. Relations with Neighbors: Asia as the Dependent Variables until the 1970’s
11. Relations with Asia and Fukuda Doctrine
12. Revivalism of Nationalist Tendency in Foreign Policy
13. Japan's Foreign Relations after the End of the Cold War
14. Future Prospect of Japan's Foreign Policy
15. Summary of Part II 
No course book.  The second part of the lecture will be supplemented with hand-outs. 
PC or AV used in
From May 7  this class will be started using remote lecturing systems of Bb9 and Microsoft Teams. 
Suggestions on
Preparation and
No preparation is required, but reviewing the lessons through checking distributed hand-outs or notes taken is recommended.
Requirements Students are required to operate a certain level of English. 
Grading Method The levels of participation in the discussion will be considered for evaluation.  Either presentations by the students at the class or term papers will be required for evaluation. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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