Japan and the World University of Tsukuba
This course focuses on the history of Japan’s domestic politics and foreign relations from the end of the Second World War till the end of 1970s.
1. To nurture a flexible and comprehensive understanding about the historical dynamics of postwar Japan’s foreign and security policymaking.2. To improve understanding about the role of domestic politics in the formation of Japan’s foreign policy.
The roles played by both structural (international/domestic political systems,etc.) and non-structural factors in giving shape to Japan’s policies will be taken into account. Active class participation is strongly encouraged.1. General-propose competence: critical and creative thinking skills, broad perspective and internationalism.2. Special competence: understanding international relations, analytical skills on international relations.
No particular prerequisites, though basic knowledge on prewar international history may be helpful.
Attendance (20%), Class participation (20%), Final exam or Term paper (60%)
IntroductionTwo Governments, One Country ？ Japan under the Allied OccupationFighting for Peace and SecurityFrom the “1955 Regime” to the “1960 Regime”Japan’s Comeback to International Political LifeThe LDP and Japanese Politics during the Days of Economic GrowthThe Economic Superpowers’ DiplomacyPolitical Pluralism and Party Politics in the 1970sJapanese Foreign Policymaking under DetenteConclusion
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