will explore the rise of Japan's post-war economy and subsequent decline. Third, the class will address Japan's set of increasingly complex foreign policy arrangements and contemporary battle over constitutional reform (especially focused on Article 9). Finally, the course will examine the interesting world of collusion between political elites and non-state specialists in violence. Political Economy and Public Policy from an East Asian PerspectiveThrough scientifically based theories (as opposed to normative ones) and issues pertinent to global political economy, this course will examine the political, economic, and social conditions condu-cive to the development of cooperative behavior on a global scale. Students will cover the main questions and puzzles in this sub-field of political science, and the discipline's best answers to date--and in doing so--will utilize illustrative cases from East Asia (principally Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China) as prisms with which to understand the theories presented.International Business LawThis course will provide students with a basic and broad under-standing of the international legal frameworks regulating businesses conducted on a global basis, focusing on case laws in which Japanese multinational corporations encountered in U.S. or other foreign jurisdictions. The ultimate objectives of the course will be to nourish the reading comprehension of the students regarding business and legal English, enhance their competency of logical thinking, and develop their presentation skills through analysis, briefing and presentation of actual precedents adjudicated by U.S. or other foreign court judges. Japanese Legal SystemHow does the Japanese legal system work? This class provides students with a broad understanding of Japan’s legal system, includ-ing the Japanese Constitution, basic human rights cases, civil code, criminal law and procedure, as well as the history of modern Japanese law. The ultimate objectives of the course are to enhance student competency and logical thinking, develop presentation skills through analysis, briefing and presentation of actual case laws adjudicated by Japanese Supreme Court Justices.The Struggle for JusticeHow does the criminal justice system in Japan differ from other Asian countries? With a main emphasis on Japanese criminal justice, this course will examine how the Japanese criminal justice produces one of the lowest rates of crime in the developed world. Students will discover why Japanese prosecutors win 99.98% of their trials and will learn the why the vast majority of criminal suspects ultimately confess.Varieties of Capitalism in East Asia: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and ChinaThrough a comparative political economy approach, the economic systems of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China are analyzed, comparing political and institutional settings which governed their national economies. Historically, each has achieved economic success by drawing on the same blueprint: the Asian Developmental State model. Now they have evolved into distinct national formations of organized capitalism, with specific institutional advantages and structural problems. How do these four variations of East Asian capitalism differ? What is their historical trajectory? Can these four countries transform their political economies to adjust to the challenges of globalization?The Japanese Economy: Growth and StagnationThis course analyzes the high-growth period in the 1960s, the bubble period in the late 1980s and the "lost decades" in the 1990s through 2000s of the Japanese economy from the viewpoint of the Japanese financial system. In particular, the course focuses on how the Japanese financial system has evolved in the postwar period and how it has affected the performance of the Japanese economy by way of changing the behavior of banks, firms and households. Special attention is paid to the "lost decades" and describing the characteristics of the "lost decades" and then explaining why it took so long to wipe out the aftermath of the "lost decades." The efficacy of Abenomics are examined, as well as economic policies advocated by the current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in rescuing the Japanese economy from "lost decades."Women in the EconomyWomen face many constraints in their everyday decisions that men do not encounter. As the study of choice, economics provides a uniquely appropriate lens through which to view the decisions made by women, given the obstacles and policies they encounter. Because so many decisions women make involve the labor market, labor economics will be the centerpiece of this course. By the end of the class, the students will have a solid grasp of the ways that the economic outcomes of men and women ASIA/JAPAN STUDIES COURSES27

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