Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School Liberal Arts Education Program
Lecture Code 62054001 Subject Classification Area Courses
Subject Name 日本現代史
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Japanese Contemporary history
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Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Mon1-4:Online
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 07 : History
Eligible Students
Keywords Postwar Compensation, Redress for Colonial Injustice, Peace, Democracy, The Constitution of Japan, The San Francisco System 
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Liberal Arts Education
Expected OutcomeStudents can expect the following outcomes:
1. To connect history and themselves, history and present.
2. To have an imagination for people who lived in a different culture and society than we do today.
3. To formulate their own questions and examine various issues surrounding Japan and the world from a historical perspective. 
Class Objectives
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◆Course Objectives
(1) To acquire a basic knowledge of postwar Japanese history.
(2) To be able to consider the origins of modern Japan from a global perspective.

◆Course Outline
From a world-historical perspective, Japan's postwar period is called the "long postwar period". What exactly does "the end of the postwar period" mean? In order to think about this question, it is necessary to understand postwar Japan not only from the perspective of a single country's history, but also from the perspective of relations with the United States, which became a military ally, and with Asian countries that Japan once invaded and occupied. In this course, we will discuss what Japan's "long postwar period" was and how it is connected to the current issues from various perspectives including politics, economy, society, and international relations. Then, I would like to rethink with the students about the "democracy" and "pacifism" of postwar Japan based on the Constitution of Japan. 
Class Schedule Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Myths about the End of the War Day
Lesson 3: Japan's Defeat and Occupation Policy of the Allies
Lesson 4: The Enactment Process of the Japanese Constitution
Lesson 5: The International Military Tribunal for the Far East--What was judged and what was not?
Lesson 6: The "Reverse Course" , Asia and Japan during the Cold War
Lesson 7: The San Francisco System (1)
Lesson 8: The San Francisco System (2)
Lesson 9: Postwar Compensation (1)
Lesson 10: Postwar Compensation (2)
Lesson 11: Colonial Responsibility (1)
Lesson12: Colonial responsibility (2)  *submit small assignment
Lesson 13: The Rise of Historical Revisionism and Postwar Responsibility
Lesson 14: Transformation of the Security System after the Cold War
Lesson 15: What was "postwar"? 
Takei, Ayaka. Rekishi Shusei Shugi. Tokyo: Chuo Koron Shinsha, 2021.
Yamamoto, Akihiro. Sengo Minshu shugi. Tokyo: Chuo Koron Shinsha, 2021.
Koseki, Shoichi. Heiwa Kokka Nihon no Saikento. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2013.
Nakamura, Seisoku. Sengoshi. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2016.
Utsumi, Aiko. Sengo Hosho kara Kangaeru Nihon to Ajia. Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2010. 
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Lesson 1-15: Read the references and materials, and look up the key words in the dictionary. 
Requirements There may be some changes in the class plan depending on the number of students and the teaching format. In the case of an online class, Bb9 and Momiji will inform you in advance about how to proceed, so be sure to check them.
This course is designed for students who have a basic understanding of modern Japanese history. The instructor also offers Japanese History B (1st term / 2nd semester), so it is recommended to take this course as a set. 
Grading Method Reaction Paper and Assignment: 50%, Term Paper: 50%
If you do not attend at least 2/3 of the class, you will not receive credit. 
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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