This course aims to help participants to understand the Japanese economic system with its heavy Government involvement, specific company customs (which seemed to have worked fine during the high growth era), vested interests and social norms/behaviours. The sessions will (A) cover parts of the text book, ‘Arthritic Japan’ which is useful in explaining the postwar Japanese economic system and the problems and some changes the Japanese have been facing recently, (B) involve students with some group discussions/presentations on some themes with additional journal articles, (C) show several illustrative videos and (D) have at least two special one-off guest speakers who will talk about their experiences in dealing with the Japanese bureaucratic approach/regulations/other barriers in the Japanese trade environment (all speeches will be given in English). The lecturer may sometimes explain several concepts/theories from the microeconomics’ point of view whenever necessary to make it easy for the non-economics based student to understand the textbook and articles. The articles used in the sessions are most likely to be from The Economist, The Japan Times and Japan Spotlight.
Message to those taking this Course：
The students who will attend this course do not need to have more than a basic knowledge of economics,
but they are expected to have a general interest in the Japanese economy and/ or social aspects, Quite
often the lecturer will give the students copies of journal articles as supplementary materials. The
students will discuss these during the sessions. Sometimes the lecturer will ask the students to submit
small essays based on some these articles or the videos shown in the lecturers. However, the largest
weight is attached to an end-of –term essay(see below).
End of term essay: the instructor will give the students multiple(likely to be between 7 and 10)themes
to choose from. The essay should be written in between 5000 and 12000 words on the student’s chosen
theme(with word processor).Subject theme choice would be given toward the end of the course