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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Part IB | Option

An introduction to post-1945 Japanese politics examining Japan’s political parties and institutions from a comparative perspective. In considering the distinctiveness of the Japanese political system, it addresses a number of central issues including Japan’s economic growth, central-local government relations, the legal system, and the politics of defence and foreign policy. This course pays particular attention to the nature of domestic political change since the mid 1990s as well as the economic and security policy challenges for a country that is increasingly active both globally and regionally. In analysing Japan’s politics comparatively, the paper also addresses the issues of authorisation and democratization in Korea, Korea’s post 1945 political economy and the security aspects of the Korean peninsula.

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Michaelmas, Lent
Michaelmas, Lent
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At least 4
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