Japanese History (U.S.-J. Exchanges)

J.F. Oberlin University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Japanese History (U.S.-J. Exchanges)

  • Host University

    J.F. Oberlin University

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, History, International Relations

  • 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

    The US-Japan relationship is one of the closest and strongest bilateral relationships in the world. The total GDP of these two nations accounts for 30% of the global GDP. The importance of this relationship is significant not only for the United States and Japan but also for the rest of the world. However, the US-Japan relationship has not been without major conflicts, problems, and serious misunderstandings throughout history. The two nations greatly differ in their history and traditional cultures, although there are many affinities in their social values as well. Just like two individuals with different backgrounds who sometimes struggle in maintaining a good relationship, the two countries have needed to work hard as their expectations for each other change over time.
    Furthermore, how equal or unequal this partnership is in realty has often been questioned. This course will examine multiple dimensions of the exchanges between the United States and Japan from historical, military, political, and economic perspectives, as well as those on the individual level. Key figures and individuals who contributed to the different aspects of US-Japan exchanges will be introduced, and the present situation, challenges, and the future directions the two countries might share will also be explored. This course is a must for all American and Japanese students interested in the US and Japan, AND all international students who want to understand the key to the question of why the Japanese society is the way it is today, because the US influence on Japan in modern history has been enormous.