Shōwa 昭和 Heisei 平成 Reiwa 令和,
Japanese History since 1945 / 戦後日本史 [Sengo Nihonshi]
Fall Term 2022
Instructor: Professor J. Kovalio
Dear Students, the warmest welcome back to traditional classes! Here is the basic information about this course:
A. This intensive class is about the evolution of Japan internally and in the international arena since 1945. In the domestic context,the peculiarities of Japan’s language, religions, imperial institution, constitution, political system – as Asia’s oldest constitutional monarchy (the line above the course title refers to the three postwar imperial calendar periods), the dominant role of the Liberal Democratic Party [LDP], the bureaucracy and the business elite; the socio-cultural and economic milieux: from education, the changing role of women, low birth rates, immigration, minorities, the hikikomori (social recluses) and soft power to the major economic and technological aspects. Japan’s foreign policy combines genuine pacifism with the vital security alliance with the US and the need to deal with Mainland China, Russia and the Koreas. In order to give all participants an adequate starting point, a brief review commencing with the Tokugawa era [1603-1868] opens the class.
B. Students are strongly urged to attend classes regularly. Asking questions in class is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. However, Social Networking & Texting [THUS the use of SMART PHONES and the EXTRACURRICULAR use of LAPTOPS] as well as Eating are allowed only during breaks.
C. Grading includes three elements: I – Regular Attendance: 10%. II – A final in-class identification and definition test in late November, 2019 which constitutes 40% of the final grade. III – one TYPEWRITTEN, analytical final essay due in late November, which makes up 50% of the grade and should include: 1 – A cover page. 2 – A brief opening summary of the paper.3 – Footnotes as citation style. 4 – Around five sources – only ONE There is NO mandatory length and NO email submission. PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNMENTS IN ORDER TO BE IN GOOD STANDING. The basic text for the course is :Jeff, Kingston Japan in Transformation , 1945-2010, Pearson Education, 2010, 2nd ed. The Coursepack – 2022 edition, by Jacob Kovalio is a most convenient learning and note-taking tool, and will be available in the Bookstore at a nominal price.