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A Short Introduction to Japanese Politics

Mikiko ETO

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Class code A0451
Year 2020
Faculty/Graduate school Faculty of Law
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Class Type 講義
Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Credit(s) 2
Day/Period 月3/Mon.3
Campus 市ヶ谷
Open Program
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Class taught by instructors with practical experience

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Outline and objectives

The purpose of this course is to study an overview of contemporary Japanese politics. The course will teach you the basic knowledge of Japanese politics, focusing on the legislative system, legislators/lawmakers, elections, political parties and policy-making. It will also discuss Japan's democracy from gender perspectives. Japan has advanced socio-economically since surrendering to the Allies in August 1945. Amongst non-Western nations, Japan is the most successful in terms of building a stable democratic regime, modernizing society, and achieving high economic growth. Democracy in Japan has developed steadily. However, the Japanese project of democracy is not yet fully done. There are many flaws in Japan’s democratic regime. Of them, here, two problems will be highlighted: one is an extremely low turnout of young Japanese; and the other is that the proportion of Japanese female legislators lags far behind many other countries including non-Western developing countries. Why are younger generations inactive in visiting polling stations? What causes women's under-representation? In this class, I encourage you to look for the answers to these questions in your ways, though I will give you some hints. You are further expected to find solutions to these problems and to consider a way of developing Japanese democracy more. With these regards in mind, I attempt to provide you with fresh viewpoints of Japanese politics and society.

Default language used in class

英語 / English