Globalization & East Asian Economies

Musashi University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Globalization & East Asian Economies

  • Host University

    Musashi University

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Economics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    This lecture focuses evolution of capitalist world system paying special attention to long waves and super long waves and re-emergence of Asia. This lecture is useful to student in a wide range of social science who would like to get a feel for the ?big picture? of capitalist economy. We investigate evolution of capitalist world system after World War II paying special attention to industrialization of East Asia: the reindustrialisation of Europe and Japan to catch up with US productivity and the cyclical crises in the golden age; the structural crisis that changed the accumulation regime in the 1970s; the flying geese pattern of development in East Asia.

    In the golden age after World War II, Japan shifted its dynamic industry from textile to heavy and chemical industries. The upgrading of Japanese industries left room for less-developed East Asian countries to industrialize in the flying geese pattern. After the structural crisis of the 1970s, Japan shifted its dynamic industries to machinery industries such as automobiles and electrical machinery, and Asian NIEs to heavy and chemical industries with export-led growth strategies. The centers of economic growth shifted from the US and Europe to Asia. In the last few weeks we will concentrate into two topics: (1) the re-emergence of China and India as the economic giants; and (2) the global financial crisis.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.