MSS First Semester Course Matrix

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MSS First Semester Course Matrix 2018-01-01T11:30:48+00:00

Details of JS 901: Japanese Law, Society and Public Policy


  1. Law Making Process: Law Making Process of Japanese Parliament, Parliament Procedure, Legislative Procedure.
  2. Rule of Law and Human Right: The Nature of Rule of Law in Japan, Historical Back Ground, the ‘Core’ Rule of Law, Good Governance and Rule of Law, Human Right: human right and constitution, human right in practice; Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Movement.  
  3. The Separation of Power: Concept of rule of Law, Montesquieu’s Doctrine of the Separation of Power, Judicial Independence, Parliament and the Court, Executive and the Court, Checks and Balance: The Executive and the Legislature, Executive and the Court and Parliament and the Court.
  4. Legal System: People Working in the legal System: The Judges, The Legal Professions, The Jury System, Magistrates, The Criminal Trail Process and Sentencing, Courte System, The Police, The Criminal and Civil Justice System, The Administration of Justice (Civil and Criminal), Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution.
  5. Identifying Public Policy: What is Public Policy? Elements of Public Policy, Levels of Public Policy, Types of Public Policy, Public Policy Issue, Public Policy Players, Public Policy and Society, Public Policy and Social Conditions.
  6. Japanese Policy Making Process: General Features, Conceptual Approaches to Study the Japanese Methodology of Policy Making Process, Defining Policy, Japanese Policy Process Framework.
  7. Review of Major Japanese Policies: Defense Policy, Foreign Policy, Industrial Policy, International Economic Cooperation Policy, Trade Policy, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Environmental Policy, Social Policies.
  8. Japanese Policy Making Problem: Public and Private Problem, Political Forces within Public Problems, Political Systems and Problem Identification, A List of Major Issue-areas, Issues and events, Public Policy and Governance.

Details of JS 902: Post-War Japanese Political Thought


  1. Political Philosophy in Post- War Japan: Nation, State and Security in Post-War Japanese Political Thought, the Politics of Harmony and Awakening: Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism and Buddhism as Political Thought in Japan.
  2. Contradictory Location of Nishida Tetsugaku in Japanese Political Thought: the Early Nishida and the Place of Political Philosophy; Relocating the Later Nishida: ideology and philosophy in wartime Japan; Nishida’s shadow: the Kyoto School and the manipulation of nothingness.
  3. Political Philosophy of Maruyama Masao: Conservatism, Ultra-nationalism, Pragmatism as political realism, Maruyama’s political realism and Japan.
  4. Japanese Neo-Nationalism: A Critique of Kato Norihiro’s “After the Defeat” Discourse, From the Hinomaru and Kimigaya to the Symbolic Emperor System.
  5. Defeat and democracy in post-War Japan: War responsibility as war guilt-the ongoing debate, defending democracy a prerequisite of national security, some lights on Article 9 of Japanese constitution.
  6. Democracy at work: liberalism, nationalism and individualism in contemporary Japan, post-War Japanese party politics.
  7. Postwar Japanese capitalism and market economy.
  8. Marxism in Japan: thoughts and ideas of Hiroshi Uchida, Hajime Kawakami and Itsuro Sakisaka as Japanese Marxists.

Details of JS 903: Development Policy of Japan


  1. Introduction: The Defeat and the Occupation Reforms, Consequences of the Defeat in the War, The Initial Occupation Policy of the US, and Reform Ideas on the Japanese sided, Occupational Reform.
  2. Road to Recovery: The Shift in US Policy on Japan, Arresting Inflationary Trends, Setting of a Single Exchange Rate, Korean War and Aftermath, Peace Treaty.
  3. Period of High Growth Rate: The ‘Miracle’ of High Growth Rate, Capitalism Rejuvenated Transformation of Industrial Structure, Development of Transportation System.
  4. Economy: Organization for Economic Reconstruction, Banking Industrial Complex, Japanese Bond and Industrial Market, Savings Rate Gap, Industrial Groups, Free Competition.
  5. Role of Government: Overall Planning by the Government, administrative Guidance, Reclamation for Factory Sites, Special Tax Relief Measures for Industries, Low-interest rate policy, Temporization of the Trade and Capital Flow Liberalization, Subsidies on Water and Electricity.
  6. Development Challenges in 1980s: The First Oil Shock of 1973, Structural Creeping Inflation, Environmental Concern Heightened, Reflections on the Welfare Content of GNP Index.
  7. Double Price Revolution: The Coincidence of Two Price Revolutions, Classical Case of Price Revolution, Price Revolution in Urban Land, Socio-economic Consequences of the Land Price, Macroeconomics Mismanagement
  8. The March of Corporate Capitalism: Capitalism Triumphant, a New Stage of Corporate Capitalism in Japan, Globalization Trend, Privatization.
  9. Prospects: Prospects for Japanese Economy and Japan’s Role in the World, Mixed Economy as a Mode of Production, the Trend toward Convergence of the Two Systems.
  10. Inside the Japanese System: Impact of Aging, the Path to Big Government, Japanese Nationality: the rising debate, economic structural change, Japan’s ultimate vulnerability and innovations.

Details of JS 904: Japanese Social Anthropology


  1. Introduction: Volunteering against Politics: citizenship, housewives, volunteers between vision, and community service and citizenship.
  2. Changing Anthropology: Issues in the Study of Japan, House and Family System, Socialization, Education, Employment, Class and Status, Sociality and Emerging Patterns of work in Contemporary Japan.
  3. Basic Concepts: Omote and Ura, Taemae and Honne, Perceptions of Subjective Well-being, Institutions and the Individual.
  4. Human Beings in Society: Modes of Human Relations, Human beings Stripped Naked, Human beings Split Apart.
  5. Rights in Japanese History: The Roots of Right, Rights, Protest and Rebellion in Tokugawa Japan, the Movement of Freedom and Popular Rights, State Power and Control of Rights, Rights and the Metaphor of Legal System.
  6. Significance of Secrets: The Mind and Secrets, Secrets and Charm, Secrets and Love.
  7. Cultural Similarities: Cultural Similarities and Differences, Language Usage, Communication Pattern, Expectations for Communications, Effective Communication.
  8. Religion and Culture: Religion and State, Religion and Education, Urbanization, Depopulation and Religion, Aspects of Rebirth of Religion, Internationalization Japanese Religion.
  9. Present Trends: Religious Life, Japaneseness and Nihonjinron, Minorities and Migrant Workers, Environmental Issues, Coping with Natural Disasters.
  10. Meaning of Life: Japanese Youth at a Crossroads, Narratives by Middle-aged and Senior Individuals in Contemporary Japan, Female Narratives, Alternative Lifestyles and Insecurity, Consumption as Purpose in Life, Martial Arts Leisure Activities and Purpose in Life.

Details of JS 905: Social and Cultural Geography of Japan


  1. Introduction: Geographical Location of Japan, Formation of the East Coast of Asia, Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, Climatic Variety; Small and Resource-poor Island Country, Personality in Japanese History, Human Nature in Japanese Myths.
  2. Life and Culture: Life and Culture in the Archaic Age, Life at the Court, Development of National Culture, Rise of the Warrior Class and Medieval Culture, Art and Japanese Sensitivity in the Pre-modern Age, Development of Cities and Birth of a Township Culture.
  3. Geography of Japan: Geography Instruction including Arts, Literature, Philosophy and History, Lifelong Critical Thinking, A Practical Tool for Understanding Past and Present, and Planning for the Future, Physical and Human Systems, Patterns, Movement of People, Goods and Ideas, Regions, Environment.
  4. Traditional Japanese Music: Present and Past of Japanese Music, Japan’s Musical Life, Music and Japanese History, Religious Music, Gagaku, Court Music of Japan, Shamisen and its Music, Kabuki Music.
  5. Japanese Cooking: Japanese Meal, Ingredients, Utensils, Knives, Fish, Chicken, Sushi Varieties, Japanese Salad, Soups-Suimono and Shirumono.
  6. Environment and Society: Oriented to the Sea, Mountainous, Kanto Plain, Urban and Industrial Region, Coastal Plains and Superb Internal Systems.
  7. Places and Regions: Jakota Triangle, Pacific Rim, Mountainous Terrain, Decentralized Pattern of Government since Feudal System, Mountain Boundaries and Rivers.
  8. Human Systems: Physiological Densities, Occupational Structure of Work Force, Energy Consumption, Transport and Communication Levels, Amount of Metals Required Worker Productivity, Rate of Literacy, Nutrition, and Savings, Examining Resources, Economic Spatial Organization and International Relations.
  9. Uses of Geography: Wetlands around Imperial Palace, Modern Tokyo, Seaport Facilities Land Reclamation, Human Alteration of Natural Environment.
  10. Social and Cultural Features: Decade in Context, Music and Entertainment, Fashion, Sports, American and Western Cultural Influence.

Details of JS 906: Minorities and Marginalities: Class and Conflict in Japan


  1. Introduction: People in Japanese Island: formation of the society, demographic distribution, and population structure.
  2. Minorities in Japan: Old Timer: Ainu, Burakumin, Okinawans and Koreans; New Comer: ‘Asian’ and Brazilian.
  3. Multi-cultural Japan: Sampling Problem and the Question of Visibility, Homogeneity Assumption, Diversity and Stratification: sub cultural diversity, social stratification and class reproduction, control of ideological capital.
  4. Multicultural Paradigm: Temporal Functions in Understanding Japan, Convergence Debate, the Cultural Relativism, Sub-cultural Relativism, Desirability Debate, Legitimating of Double Codes, Towards Multicultural Analysis.
  5. Class and Stratification: Classification of Classes and Strata, Distribution of Economic and Cultural Resources, Directions of Social Inequality, Reproduction of Inequality: asset inheritance, socialization and marriage, Japanese Emic concepts of Class.
  6. Ethnicity and Discrimination: Japanese Ethnocentrism and Globalization, Deconstructing the ‘Japanese’, The Buraku Problem, Korean Residents, Indigenous Ainu, immigration Workers from overseas, Japan Beyond Japan.
  7. Social Cohesiveness and Class Conflict: Class Conflict Corporatism and Comparison, Social Conflict and Cohesion in Japanese Rural Community, Japanese Model of Conflict, Minority Rights.