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OCAS 2095 - Japanese Politics and International Relations

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies

Pre-requisite

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Course Description

Japan faces increasing international security challenges and the defence posture which was based on the 1947 Constitution's Article 9 is being stretched to its utmost limits. The nature of Japan's power is changing as new laws allow its self-defense forces the right to collective self-defence and to provide assistance in crisis situations overseas. Relations with China, with the two Koreas are flared with territorial and historical tensions. The course aims at understanding Japan's policies and the security environment it operates in.

Teachers

DELAMOTTE, Anne-Guibourg F. (Lecturer)

Course validation

The class will be divided in 12 sessions which the students are supposed to prepare by using the reading list provided. Grading will be based on one mid-term paper (10 pages, 40 pc) and a final paper (10 pages, 40 pc) and the oral présentations thereof (30 pc x 2).

I. Assignment 1 (60 pc)

Paper of approx.. (and no more than) 6 pages / 3000 words on one of the following topics (40 pc):
 Japan and Brexit
 Japan and Donald Trump
 Japan and Climate Change
 Japan and Cybersecurity
 The Japan-EU Free-trade Agreement
 Japan and the Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP)
 Japan's and nuclear weapons

And oral presentation thereof in groups of 2 to 4 students – length: 20 min. per group.
II. Assignment 2 (20 pc)

2-page note on a recent international event (date, stakes, outcome, assessment, outlook)
or 2-page biography of a Japanese leader (post 1947, analytical, with footnotes)

III. Grade 3 (20 pc)

Participation in class (general behaviour).

Required reading

Jeff Kingston, Contemporary Japan: History, Politics, and Social Change since the 1980s, Hoboken et Oxford, Wiley Blackwell, 2012, 324p

Plans de cours et bibliographies

Session 1: The Nature of Japan’s Power: From Militaristic to Economic Superpower to Middle Power

Basic reading:

  • Guibourg Delamotte (ed.), Japan’s World Power, Routledge, 2017.
  • Glenn Hook, Julie Gilson, Chris Hughes, Hugo Dobson, Japan’s International Relations, 2011 (cf. bibliography).

Session 2: Japan’s Political System and Diplomacy

Basic reading:

Session 3: Japan’s Constitution (Article 9) and World Power

Basic reading:

  • Tatsumi Yuki, “Abe’s New Vision for Japan's Constitution”, The Diplomat, 5 May 2017 (online).
  • Fukushima Akiko, “Rethinking Japan’s Foreign Aid”, Tokyo Foundation, 2015: http://www.tokyofoundation.org/en/images/RethinkingJapansForeignAid.pdf
  • Watanabe Tsuneo, “A NATO-Asia Partnership Would Ease Japan’s Regional Security Cooperation Dilemma”, January 28, 2015, Tokyo Foundation (online).

Session 4: The Japan-U.S. security Alliance: Power-Enhancer or Constraint?

Basic reading:

Session 5: Japan’s National Security Policy and Regional Threats

Basic reading:

  • Ohara Bonji, “Japan’s Maritime Options in a Changing Security Environment”, July 03, 2017, Tokyo Foundation (online).
  • Yamaguchi Noboru, “Japan’s Security Legislation from an Operational Perspective”, November 05, 2015, Tokyo Foundation (online).
  • NIDS, East Asia Strategic Review 2017 : http://www.nids.mod.go.jp/english/publication/east-asian/e2017.html
  • Japanese MoD, Defense of Japan 2016, relevant chapters, online.
  • On territorial disputes, see also MoFA sources (from Japan, RoK, PRC, Taiwan, Russia) and press coverage.

Session 6: Japan’s World Image and History Issues

Basic reading:

Possibly 2 guest-speakers

In 2017: Prof. Endô Ken, Hokkaidô university, and Prof. Kimie Hara, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Session 7:  Japan and Globalisation

Basic reading:

  • Chietigj Bajpaee, “Globalization With Asian Characteristics”, The Diplomat, 20 July 2016 (online).
  • “A new trade deal between the EU and Japan”, The Economist, 8 July 2017.
  • James Kanter, “The E.U.-Japan Trade Deal: What’s in It and Why It Matters”, NYT, 6 July, 2017.

Last 3 sessions: Group Discussions (assignment 1).

MARKING

  • Assignment 1 (60 pc)

Paper of approx.. (and no more than) 6 pages / 3000 words on one of the following topics (40 pc):

  • Japan and Brexit
  • Japan and Donald Trump
  • Japan and Climate Change
  • Japan and Cybersecurity
  • The Japan-EU Free-trade Agreement
  • Japan and the Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP)
  • Japan’s and nuclear weapons

And oral presentation thereof in groups of 2 to 4 students – length: 20 min. per group.

  • Assignment 2 (20 pc)

2-page note on a recent international event (date, stakes, outcome, assessment, outlook) or 2-page biography of a Japanese leader (post 1947, analytical, with footnotes)

  • Grade 3 (20 pc)

Participation in class (general behaviour).

Biographical information

Guibourg Delamotte, Associate Professor of Political Science, Japanese studies department, National Institute of Oriental Studies (Inalco, France). gdelamotte@inalco.fr