ASST-715-01 Japan's Domestic Politics
Fall for 2017-2018
Sheila Smith
This graduate level course will examine Japan's new politics and how they shape Tokyo's policy choices. The course will be divided into four sections. The first will examine the 1955-system and its aftermath. This section will compare and contrast single-party dominance in Japan (the 1995-system that shaped Japan's governance until 1993) and the two decade long effort to build new political parties beginning with the reforms set in motion in the early 1990s. Third, we will examine the results of this on-going political reform in Japan in three policy areas: managing the Japanese economy, coping with demographics and the transformation to an aging society, and adapting to a new regional strategic environment. Finally, the course will conclude with discussion of some of the ideas that shape contemporary debate in Japan. This section will consider some of the critical issues shaping Japanese citizen activism, including: What factors are motivating Japanese voter behavior today? Is there a growing sense of nationalism in Japan ? Will Japanese embrace the notion of revising their Constitution? What was the impact on Japanese society of the 3.11 disasters? Students will be assigned a research paper on a topic of their choosing to analyze the political influences shaping Japanese policy today.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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