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Donald C Hellmann
SISEA 435
Seattle Campus

Japanese Government and Politics

Government and politics of Japan with emphasis on the period since 1945. Recommended: SISEA 242. Offered: jointly with POL S 435.

Class description

Description: This course will focus on the politics and government of post-war Japan with particular emphasis on the foreign policy-making process and Japan's role in the global political economy. A comparative orientation is emphasized in the course so that major issues and problems discussed in the Japanese context can be compared with problems common to Western industrial nations and with the changing features of the post-cold war political economy.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Texts: The following paperback text is required reading and is available for purchase at the University Book Store: T. Ishida and E. Krauss, Democracy in Japan. A collection of other readings is posted on electronic reserve. All will be available in printed form on reserve in the East Asian Library. For those with little or no background on Japan, the purchase of Kenneth Pyle's The Making of Modern Japan is strongly recommended. It will also be on reserve at the East Asia Library.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments: There will be a midterm and final examination, with an optional term paper.

Grading: Exams (Final): 67%, Papers (Midterm): 33%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 12/12/2007