The Japanese and International Society

J.F. Oberlin University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Japanese and International Society

  • Host University

    J.F. Oberlin University

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Politics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    4 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0 - 0
  • Overview

    In the summer of 2015, which marked the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, security-related bills were passed in the Japanese Diet amid huge protests -- a significant departure from Japan's pacifist posture in the postwar era.  In May of the following year, Barack Obama landed in Hiroshima, becoming the first incumbent U.S. President to visit the city since August 1945. A historic event in the eyes of many Japanese, the entire process of Obama's visit was broadcast live, nationwide, on NHK. Even after more than seven decades, Japan has been living the 'postwar' period, which characterized various aspects of its culture, society and politics.  Is it going to change from this point on and, if so, how? Throughout the semester, we will explore the diversity and complexity of Japanese society and examine current issues/problems and their historical roots.  We will also review the recent changes and developments in Japanese society, including the repercussions of the 3/11 triple disaster in 2011. Be sure to keep up-to-date on what is happening in Japan and in the world.