Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Master's Course) Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Law and Politics Program
Lecture Code WMD00045 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 日本政治論
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Politics in Japan
モリベ セイイチ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Mon5-8
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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 This lecture is given in English. A course book (text book) is used. Pictures and graphs are shown on a screen. The professor tells a lot and students are required to take part in discussion.  
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction E : English
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 02 : Political Science
Eligible Students For students of graduate schools who can speak English
Keywords  Politics, The houses of Diet, The Cabinet, Political Parties, Interest Groups, Local Government  and Bureaucracy 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Class Objectives
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 This lecture is aimed at providing an overview of contemporary Japan's politics and promoting an understanding for the structure and key institutions of Japanese Government. Simultaneously students are expected to understand basic concepts and ideas of Politics through the case studies of Japan's politics and comparative political studies.   
Class Schedule lesson 1  Guidance and Introduction for this lecture and to comment the course book.
lesson 2  What let students to study Japan’s politics? ; Introduction (in couse book)
lesson 3  Constitutional Monarchy: the Emperor of Japan
lesson 4  Political parties (1); Conservatives and their allies; Chapter 4
lesson 5   Political parties (2); Socialists and their allies; Chapter 5
lesson 6  Cabinet system and the Prime Minister in 20th century
lesson 7  Cabinet system and the "Presidentialization" of cabinet system
lesson 8  Two houses of Diet (parliament) ; Chapter 8
lesson 9  Re-alignment of Japan’s party system in 1990s; Chapter 6
lesson10  Contemporary political parties and party system
lesson 11  Bureaucratic Structure; Chapter 7
lesson 12  Civil Servants in Japan
lesson 13   Local Government; Chapter 9
lesson 14   Central-local governmental relations
lesson 15 Final Discussion: Conclusion

Term paper, an essay, should be required.  
Course Book: Ian Neary, The State and Politics in Japan, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Inc.,2002. ISBN 0-7456-2134-1
(There are some copies of the book on a shelf at IDEC Library)  
PC or AV used in
 The Course book, Power Point or some other visual stuffs are always used. 
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Preparation and
 Students are expected to read at least the chapter shown on the schedule in advance of each lecture. I am going to explain more details of the topics and comment the descriptions of the chapter. Then we, students and I will be discussing about topics of the chapter.   
Requirements Students are required to have enough English skill to listen and speak it. 
Grading Method 1) Course work (It means to read the course book in advance and answer the question from teacher and  take part in discussion about the day's topics.
2) An essay, the deadline will be the end of January. Student will be given more information about it in the way of the course.  
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message Be slowly but surely! 
Other I am going to challenge to tell a joke often, but my jokes have not always caught students' fancy. Please advise me how to tell a nice joke when you can not smail 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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