15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module examines postwar Japanese politics and political economy. Main issues include: the US occupation policy of Japan; Japanese politics under the 1955 system; Japanese high economic growth in the 1960s; Japanese politics after the 1994 electoral reform; economic reforms after the collapse of the bubble economy (by focusing on financial regulatory reform and labour-market deregulation); and Japan's international relations in East Asia after the end of the Cold War (by focusing on Japan-China relations). One of the main aims of the module is to understand how 'politics' matters in Japanese economy and society. 

Staff Contact: Dr Hiro Watanabe
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Presentation

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