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Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Japan - International Christian University - 'International Christian Univ.', 'International Christian Univ. with Internship'
UC Course SubjectPolitical Science
Number & Suffix: 123
Transcript Title: JAPANESE POLITICS 
UC QTR Units - Division: 4.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course explores political as well as historical, sociological, economic, and cultural aspects of the Japanese state and society. The Japanese post-war political system has, in many ways, been unique. Between 1955 and 2009, one political party has been in power (with only one brief interruption). On the other hand, Japan became the first working democracy in East Asia and a model for many countries in the region. The government was not only able to set up and establish a democratic system, but was also successful in making Japan the second largest economy in the world, the largest donor country, a country with a quasi-European welfare system, low unemployment rate, and a low crime rate. In the late 1980s, the journalist Karel van Wolferen wondered how could this happen in a country where no one seems to be in charge, the least the prime minister. Others have questioned whether Japan is indeed a democracy, and again others questioned whether it is actually a free market economy. This course takes a closer look into this puzzle, the successes and failures of postwar Japan, and why it took such a long time until the first real change of government in 2009, and how it failed after only 3 years in power, and what the recent developments including "Abenomics" and collective self defense mean for Japan. Assessment: class attendance and active participation (15%); online forum and/or report (15%), midterm exam (30%), final exam or term paper (40%). 
Language of Instruction: English
Partner University Department: Politics 
Partner University Course Number: POL234E