Course Information
Course title
Japan in the Age of Globalization 
Designated for
Lee Yu-Ting 
Curriculum Number
Curriculum Identity Number
Monday 6,7(13:20~15:10) 
The upper limit of the number of students: 25.
The upper limit of the number of non-majors: 23. 
Course introduction video
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Course Syllabus
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Course Description

* This course is hosted by Professor Yu-Ting Lee, with the main lecturer being Professor Bruce Stronach, Dean Emeritus, Temple University, Japan Campus. Professor Stronach will share his decades-long experience and knowledge of contemporary Japan in terms of the designated subjects, and Professor Lee will coordinate and facilitate the functioning of the class.

Globalization is what we are all experiencing nowadays. Japan, while being a familiar neighbor of Taiwan, still remains behind a mysterious veil to a certain degree. Japan is a very interesting case study in globalization in that Japan is such a homogeneous country, and has had a history of isolation not only in the Sakoku (鎖国) days of the Tokugawa (徳川) Period but right up to now in some ways. However, it has also realized the need for globalization, and has been trying to do so through various efforts. This course will introduce students to the world of Japan and its contact with, and even merging into, the modern world. The problem of globalizing Japan mirrors the nature of globalization itself in that (1) if Japan is successful in globalization, it must do so in a number of interrelated sectors including politics, economics, education, finance, culture, society, and communication. (2) Moving this traditionally isolationist and inward-looking, homogeneous country toward globalization will need a coordinated effort from the top because the Japanese fear what many fear about globalization: loss of identity and what one can call “Native culture.” Therefore, if Japan can be successful in globalization, it will be a model for the rest of the world.  

Course Objective
1. Have knowledge of the fundamentals of Globalization and of those factors in Japanese society, economics and politics that either support or work against greater Japanese integration in a globalized world.
2. Use that knowledge to determine the institutional factors, as well as cultural factors, that will lead to the future of Japan in a globalized world.
3. Recognize the essential factors in the interrelationship between Japanese social mores and institutional factors in the development and sustainability of globalization in Japan.
4. Be able to identify the general merits and demerits of globalization.
5. Be able to critically analyze the knowledge you have gained though the readings and in class, and present your thoughts verbally in class and in writing assignments 
Course Requirement
Attendance is especially important for the class where there is a great deal of interaction. Beyond showing up, students are required to (1) do the readings in advance, (2) prepare thoughts about them, and (3) are ready, willing, and able to share thoughts about the readings. Midterm and final exams/reports are also critical parts of the course. 
Student Workload (expected study time outside of class per week)
2 hours 
Office Hours
Wed. 10:00~12:00 
Designated reading
Black, Lindsay, “Cooperation and Conflict in Global East Asia, “ in Frank N. Pieke and Koichi Iwabuchi, eds., Global East Asia: Into the Twentieth Century, U. California Press, 2021, pp. 66-75.
Calder, Kent, Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan. Stanford University Press, 2017.

Envall, HDP, “Japan: From Passive Partner to Active Ally,” in Michael Wesley, ed., Global Allies: Comparing US Alliances in the 21st Century, ANU Press, 2017, pp. 15-30

Envall, HDP, “Japan’s ‘Pivot’ Perspective: Reassurance, Restructuring, and the Rebalance,” Security Challenges, Vol. 12 #3, December 2016, pp. 5-19.

Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman, “Chained to Globalization: Why it is Too Late to Decouple.” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 99 #1, January-February 2020. Pp. 70-80.

Huang Futao, “China, Japan and the Rise of Global Competition in Higher Education and Research,” in Frank N. Pieke and Koichi Iwabuchi, eds., Global East Asia: Into the Twentieth Century, U. California Press, 2021, pp. 119-129.

Rathmann, Martin, “Care Robots for an Over-Aging Society: A Technical Solution for Japan’s Demographic Problem?” Proceeding of the 8th Next Generation Global Workshop, Kyoto U., 2015, pp.1-15 Binder1.compressed.pdf (

Schwab, Charles, “Globalization 4.0” Foreign Affairs, January 16, 2019 Globalization in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Foreign Affairs

Sheve, Kenneth F. and Slaughter, Matthew J., “How to Save Globalization,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 97 #6, November/December 2018, pp. 98-108.

Stronach, Bruce, Beyond the Rising Sun: Nationalism in Contemporary Japan, Praeger, 1995 (selected chapters)

Takahashi, Toshie, Youth, Social Media and Connectivity in Japan (selected chapters)

Totman, Conrad, Chapter 13 “Early Imperial Triumph,” in History of Japan, John Wiley & Sons, 2005.
Explanations for the conditions
Mid-term Exam 
Final Paper 
Adjustment methods for students
Teaching methods
Provide students with flexible ways of attending courses
Assignment submission methods
Exam methods
Negotiated by both teachers and students
Week 1
Sep. 5  General Introduction 
Week 2
Sep. 12  Defining Globalization 
Week 3
Sep. 19  Globalization as Manifested in Current International Relations 
Week 4
Sep. 26  The Roots of the Conundrum: Developing the Japanese Nation and State, 1868-1945 
Week 5
Oct. 3  Japan and the Liberal Postwar Multilateral System 
Week 6
Oct. 10  Holiday 
Week 7
Oct. 17  Japanese Identity and Global Identity 
Week 8
Oct. 24  Midterm exam/report 
Week 9
Oct. 31  The Impact of Informational Technology and Social Media on Japanese Traditional Culture 
Week 10
Nov. 7  Demographics and Artificial Intelligence 
Week 11
Nov. 14  Cases for Reform: Education and Science 
Week 12
Nov. 21  Cases for Reform: Finance and Business 
Week 13
Nov. 28  Cases for Reform: Environment 
Week 14
Dec. 5  Cases for Reform: Politics and Foreign Policy 
Week 15
Dec. 12  Bringing it all Together: Japan’s Role in a Global Future 
Week 16
Dec. 19  Final report