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POL 332 Politics of Japan (3 credits)

This course is designed to discuss and examine political dynamics of modern Japan. Along with the historical analysis of Japanese political development since the mid-19th century, the course will have four thematic sections: (1) Post-War democratic development and conservative politics, (2) Post-War economic devel¬≠opment and the recession in the 1990s, (3) Article 9 of the Peace Constitution and Japan, and (4) Collective memories of militaristic past and its legacies. Through the examination of these themes, Japan’s politico-economic, cultural, and historical contexts will be visited and discussed under the broader framework of international relations in East Asia. Satisfies the Non-Western overlay requirement.