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POLSC322: Asia-Pacific Politics

Unit 6: Politics and Government in Japan,1945-Present   In this unit, we will examine politics and government in Japan following World War II.  The U.S. occupied Japan for seven years following the war.  The U.S. and its allied victors imposed restrictions on the deploymment and maintenance of Japanese military forces.  These restrictions included only permitting Japanese military forces for self-defense on the mainland.  However, since the conclusion of the Cold War, Japan has expanded its military operations and has become a major economic power.  Although Japan still has an emperor, its government is a parliamentary democracy.

Unit 6 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 10 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 6.1: 3 hours

☐    Subunit 6.2: 3 hours

☐    Subunit 6.3: 4 hours

Unit6 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the structure of the Japanese political system since 1945.
  • Discuss major domestic political movements in Japan since 1945.
  • Identify contemporary political, foreign relations, and trade issues in Japan.
  • Assess the manner in which Japan’s history and culture impact current political strategies.

6.1 Post-war Reconstruction and Occupation in Japan   - Reading: Columbia University: The American Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952 Link: Columbia University: The American Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952 (HTML)
  
Instructions: Please go to the linked page to read about reconstruction and the American occupation of Japan following World War II.
 
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  • Web Media: Columbia University: Gerald Curtis’ “The Emperor after the Second World War” Link: Columbia University: Gerald Curtis’ “The Emperor after the Second World War” (HTML, Adobe Flash)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page.  Read the information on the page, then view the short video (2 minutes).
     
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  • Reading: Dr. Bill Gordon’s “The Allied Occupation of Japan” Link: Dr. Bill Gordon’s “The Allied Occupation of Japan” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article
     
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  • Web Media: YouTube: robbiethompson: The U.S. Army in Post-World War II Japan: Chapters 1-6 Links: YouTube: robbiethompson: The U.S. Army in Post-World War II JapanChapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, and Chapter 6
     
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    Instructions: Please go to the linked pages then view the short videos (3 - 6 minutes each).
     
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6.2 The Modern Japanese Political System   - Reading: Dr. Roger Darlington’s A Short Guide to the Japanese Political System Link: Dr. Roger Darlington’s A Short Guide to the Japanese Political System (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please go tothe linked page and review the information concerning the political system of post-W.W. II Japan.
 
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  • Reading: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Japan Link: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: Japan (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the information concerning the government, population, and culture of post-World War II Japan.
     
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  • Web Media: Columbia University: Gerald Curtis’ “Japan’s Electoral System: Japan’s Electoral System from 1925-1994” Link: Columbia University: Gerald Curtis’ “Japan’s Electoral System: Japan’s Electoral System from 1925-1994” (HTML, Adobe Flash)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page.  Read the information on the page, then view the short video (2 minutes).
     
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  • Web Media: Columbia University: Gerald Curtis’ “Japan’s Electoral System: New Electoral System” Link: Columbia University: Gerald Curtis’ “Japan’s Electoral System: New Electoral System” (HTML, Adobe Flash)
     
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  • Web Media: Columbia University: Gerald Curtis’ “The Prime Minister: Selection of the Prime Minister” Link: Columbia University: Gerald Curtis’ “The Prime Minister: Selection of the Prime Minister” (HTML, Adobe Flash)
     
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  • Web Media: Columbia University: Gerald Curtis’ “The Japanese Diet: The Diet’s Selection of the Prime Minister” Link: Columbia University: Gerald Curtis’ “The Japanese Diet: The Diet’s Selection of the Prime Minister” (HTML, Adobe Flash)
     
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  • Web Media: YouTube: tkfdPR: The Tokyo Foundation’s “Governance and the Political System in Japan” Link: YouTube: tkfdPR: The Tokyo Foundation’s “Governance and the Political System in Japan” (YouTube)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and view the short panel discussion (10 minutes).
     
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  • Lecture: Cambridge University: Dr. Alan MacFarlane’s “Law and Justice in Japan” Link: Cambridge University: Dr. Alan MacFarlane’s “Law and Justice in Japan” (YouTube)
     
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    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and view Dr. MacFarlane’s lecture (55 minutes).
     
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6.3 Japanese Foreign Relations and Trade   - Reading: Columbia University: Japan's Foreign Relations and Role in the World Today Link: Columbia University: Japan's Foreign Relations and Role in the World Today (HTML)
 
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  • Reading: Task Force on Foreign Relations for the Prime Minister: Basic Strategies for Japan's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century New Era, New Vision, New Diplomacy Link: Task Force on Foreign Relations for the Prime Minister: Basic Strategies for Japan's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century New Era, New Vision, New Diplomacy (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the report.
     
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  • Web Media: iTunesU: Columbia University: Dr. Hugh Patrick’s “Economic Crisis in Japan” Link: iTunesU: Columbia University: Dr. Hugh Patrick’s “Economic Crisis in Japan” (YouTube)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and view the short video of Dr. Hugh Patrick discussing the causes and impact of the recent economic crisis in Japan (7 minutes).
     
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  • Web Media: iTunesU: RMIT University: Dr. Kawasaki Akari’s “Can Japan Change? New Government, Civil Society, and the Region” Link: iTunesU: RMIT University: Dr. Kawasaki Akari’s “Can Japan Change? New Government, Civil Society, and the Region” (iTunes U)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and view the short video of Dr. Akari discussing the Japan’s current domestic political situation and the nation’s role in Asia (15 minutes).
     
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  • Lecture: iTunesU: National University of Singapore: Dr. Michael Yahuda’s “China and Japan as Partners and Rivals in East Asia” Link: iTunesU: National University of Singapore: Dr. Michael Yahuda’s “China and Japan as Partners and Rivals in East Asia” (YouTube)
     
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  • Lecture: UCTV: “Historical Memories & Resurgence of Nationalism in East Asia: Paths to Reconciliation” Link: UCTV: “Historical Memories & Resurgence of Nationalism in East Asia: Paths to Reconciliation” (Adobe Flash)
     
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    Instruction: Please go to the linked page and view the panel discussion of issues of nationalism related to Japan and Korea in the post-World War II era (88 minutes).
     
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