Japan: Politics and Foreign Policy
Pusan National University
Busan, South Korea
Area of Study
Asian Studies, Government, Political Science
Taught In English
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Hours & Credits
This course aims to understand the structures, processes, circumstances, and developments in Japan’s politics and foreign policy by examining the following:
- Key historical events that have impacted Japan’s politics and foreign policy
- The characteristics of Japan’s politics and foreign policy
- Prospects and issues for Japan’s politics and foreign policy
Since its defeat in WWII, Japan has rebuilt itself as a democratic state with a new political system and approach to foreign affairs. However, Japan’s perspectives, decision-making process, and the future challenges continue to attract debates and discussions. This course examines the structure, processes, circumstances in Japan’s politics and foreign policy since 1945. The first half of the course will address the governance and key developments to date. The second half of the course will then look at Japan’s foreign policy in the context of economics, public diplomacy, foreign aid, security, and environment, as well as discussing the future prospects and issues.
Each week students will be provided with a weekly reading list of book chapters, electronic copies of journal articles, op-eds and/or policy briefs.