This course is offered in English, to third and forth year undergraduate students.
The purpose of this course is to provide a broad overview of the Japanese economy. We discuss each of the topics of Chapters 3 to 14 in Takatoshi Ito's book: The Japanese Economy, MIT press, 1992. Several copies of this textbook are on reserve at the library.
At the beginning of each lecture, students must submit a report on the chapter(s) to be discussed that day. This prepares the students with some background knowledge on the topic. The lectures cover the subject of the week's chapter(s), but emphasize the latest developments using information obtained from official websites and other materials.
Evaluation is by class participation and an essay (on a related topic of the student's choice) at the end of term.