Case Study (Japanese Foreign Economic Policy)


IIDA, Keisuke

Credits / Language / Semester

4Credits / English / Winter


The goal of this course is to explain how Japan's foreign economic policy is made and where its characteristics come from. This course is primarily intended for international students wanting to understand the political and economic underpinnings of Japan's foreign economic policy, but it will be also useful for students who anticipate practicing foreign economic policy in their professional life, or those who will help shape governmental foreign economic policy in the private sector.


Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: IPE Theory
Week 3: Theory of Japanese Foreign Economic Policy
Week 4: History
Week 5: Trade 1
Week 6: Trade 2
Week 7: Investment
Week 8: Development
Week 9: Environment
Week 10: US-Japan
Week 11: Asia
Week 12: Europe
Week 13: Simulation
Week 14: Debriefing
Week 15: Conclusion

Teaching Methods

Students are expected to write three reaction papers on the assigned readings over the course of the semester. There will be a simulated negotiation exercise at the end of the semester, and the students will write a final paper on that topic.


Reaction papers: 30 percent
Participation: 20 percent
Term paper: 50 percent

Required Text

Assigned readings will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

Notes on Taking the Course

High proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

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