International Relations (Japan & China)

J.F. Oberlin University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Relations (Japan & China)

  • Host University

    J.F. Oberlin University

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Relations, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Sino-Japanese relations have radically changed during modern times and are now at their worst since diplomatic normalization in 1972. This class will provide a detailed introduction to the various issues influencing Sino-Japanese relations, including, but not limited to, differing historical perceptions, the textbook controversy, visits by Japanese politicians to Yasukuni Shrine, and questions relating to war reparations, Japanese ODA to China, comfort woman, and Taiwanese independence. While the course will focus on current issues, historical background going back to the 19th century will be discussed as necessary. Since recent exploration of the Sino-Japanese territorial issue in the East China Sea, the discussion has escalated from the not only sovereignty of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands but also to the question of possession of the Ryukyu Islands after WWII. Therefore, by analyzing both pro-China and pro-Japan irredentist arguments based on historical evidence and international law, the class will also discuss the border issue between China and Japan in the East China Sea. This will be followed by a discussion of weekly readings, theories of Sino-Japanese relations, student presentations, documentary videos, (e.g., Showa museum and Kamakura ect.), and others (lectures by guest speakers and a data base lecture by LexisNexis). Weekly reading assignments will be assigned at the end of each class.