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Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies SISEA 242, Spring 2005
Japan in the Contemporary World



The exam will have three parts.

IDs: The first part will test ID terms. I’ve provided a list of key terms. Three (3) will appear on the test. You must accurately identify each of the three, providing context to show you understand their importance to the themes of the class. In other words, to get full credit, you must (1) accurately ID the term so that I am sure you know what it is; (2) describe its relevance to the themes of the class. It is very probable that one of the ID terms will be from the Mid-Term list and two from the new list. 39 points.

Readings: The second part will ask short questions about the readings. They are designed so that if you have done and understood the readings, they will be easy, but if you have not, they will not be very easy at all. 20 points.

Essay: The essay will be a synthetic essay covering a large or important theme of the class. You will have the opportunity to draw widely from your knowledge to answer the essay. Because of the time pressure, I naturally don’t expect something as well crafted as what you work on at home, but the essay should still aspire to the usual standards of essays. The goal is a well-crafted coherent argument, amply illustrated with examples from the course. 41 points.

  1. Fundamental Attribution Error
  2. Giri
  3. N=k problem
  4. Examination hell
  5. Taisho Democracy
  6. The ’55 System
  7. CGP
  9. Article 9
  10. Japan Inc.
  11. Universal Manhood Suffrage
  12. bureaucratic dominance
  13. M Curve
  1. Meiji Land Tax
  2. SCAP
  3. Meiji Restoration
  4. Peace Preservation Law
  6. Tokyo University
  7. Manchurian Incident
  8. Inukai Assassination
  9. Marco Polo Bridge
  10. Modern Girls
  11. Miike Coal Mine
  12. democratic consolidation
  13. zoku
  14. PARC
  1. LDP
  2. JSP
  3. Income Doubling Plan
  4. Security Treaty Revision
  5. Factions
  6. Kouenkai
  7. Amakudari
  8. NFP
  9. Industrial Policy
  10. zaibatsu
  11. oligarchs
  12. patterned pluralism
  13. reverse course
  14. EEOL
  15. OL

1.       Ichiro Ozawa

2.       keiretsu

3.       lifetime employment

4.       enterprise union

5.       seniority wage system

6.       electoral reform

7.       New Party Harbingers --Sakigake

8.     PARC

9.     Morihiro Hosokawa

10.    New Renaissance Party NRP

11.    Burakumin

12. NHK

13. Democratic Party of Japan

14. Recruit Scandal

15. Housing Loan Specialty Companies (jusen)

16. New Electoral System

17. The bubble

18. MOF

19. Japan New Party JNP

20. New Frontier Party NFP

21.  News Station

22.  Ainu

23.  Junichiro Koizumi

24.  Article 34

25.  civil society

26.  PILP

27.  “NPO Law”

28.  Yakuza

29.  Police Box (Koban)

30.  SDF

31.  reactive state