ANS 342D • Political Economy of Japan-W
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Japan today is the world's second largest economy, the world technology leader in scores of key industries, and the world's largest creditor nation. Japan was also the first non-western country to industrialize, and its national rise to economic power was spectacularly fast. Following many of the distinctive developmental patterns first seen in Japan, the rest of East Asia is now rising in Japan's wake, and the global balance is shifting as a consequence. This course will give you an insight into these processes by examining Japan's economic development over the Western world, its breakneck industrial revolution, the political economy of imperialism and total war, the postwar "Japanese miracle" of high-speed growth, and the present, ongoing aftermath of the great stock-market collapse. Special attention will be paid to the subjective experiences of the women and men who created Japan's unique economic achievements.
This is a writing-extensive and discussion-extensive course designed for advanced undergraduate students. No prior study of economics is assumed, but some background in either Japanese history or economics would be very helpful. A strong interest in learning about Japanese business or economic topics is required.
Course participants will write and discuss a series of brief papers, culminating in a semester of project of approximately 15 pages.
R. Taggart Murphy, The Weight of the Yen, W.W.Norton, 1997. Nakamura Takafusa, Lectures on Modern Japanese Economic History, 1926-1994, LTCB International Library Foundation. Other readings to be assigned.