Topics on Japan I

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Sato Yuriko 
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Outline of lecture

Topics on Japan (TOJ)I mainly deals with basic knowledge of Japan such as history and education, while TOJ II, starting from April, aims at deepening students' understanding of Japan further. In the middle of TOJ I course, students are expected to make a group presentation on "My country and university/home town" to promote mutual understanding.
Students are encouraged to exchange with classmates of different nationalities from theirs and understand other values and cultures than their own.

Purpose of lecture

Through this course, regular students (Japanese and Int'l) and exchange students from overseas partner universities are expected to deepen their understanding of Japan and Japanese society in comparison with other countries through lectures, discussions, presentations and visits to relevant places.

Plan of lecture

1. Contents (tentative schedule, all classes will be conducted in English)
Oct.2: Outline of the course. Tips to understand Japanese culture. Self introduction of class participants.
2. Oct.11 (Friday, but Wednesday窶冱 classes will be held on this day) : Basic knowledge on Japan and the Japanese society
3. Oct.16: Overview of the History of Japan
4. Oct.23: Economic Development of Japan (1)
5. Oct. 30: No morning class, instead from 13:15 to 14:45, Special lecture by Dr. August Hergesheimer, founder of Abios Co Ltd and Save Minamisoma Project on 窶彜tarting Business and Engaging in Volunteer Activities in Japan窶 at E1001, 10th floor of West Bldg. 8E on O-okayama campus
6. Nov. 6: No class since Monday窶冱 classes will be held on this day
7. Nov. 13: Students' Presentation on 窶廴y country and university/home town (1)窶(open seminar style, inviting guest audience)
8. Nov.20: Students' Presentation on窶廴y country and university/home town (2)窶
9. Nov.27: Students' Presentation on窶廴y country and university/home town (3) 窶
10. Dec.4: Students' Presentation on窶廴y country and university/home town (4)窶
11. Dec.11: Education of Japan
12. Dec. 18: Visit to Chisetsu Elementary School (From 10:30 am to 14:00 pm)
13. Jan.8: Development of Science and Technology in Japan and History of Tokyo Tech by Prof. Kaji (under negotiation)
14. Jan.15: Economic Development of Japan (2)
15. Jan.22: Wrap up discussion on 窶彜trength and weakness of the Japanese society窶

(Optional Program) Study tour to Atami, from December 25 (Wed.) to 26 (Thu.)
Up to 8 students will be accepted except for those who take SJCI I
The participation fee per student is 8,000 yen. It is for the accommodation at Heartpia Atami including dinner and breakfast.
Heartpia Atami website:
Participating students are requested to introduce the charms of Atami city through your blog/website in English or your mother tongue (more than 300 words with photos). Please send the url of blog/website within two weeks after the tour to the TA at the e-mail address: ysep.sjci
< Schedule on Dec. 25>
11:00 Leave O-okayama campus by bus (Gather at the bus parked in front of West Bldg. 9 on O-okayama campus by 10:50)
13:30 Visit to Asahi Brewery Co. (Ashigara factory)
16:30 Arrive at Heartpia Atami 繝上シ繝医ヴ繧「辭ア豬キ
18:00-19:00 Dinner
19:00-20:00 Presentations by the young graduate(s) of Tokyo Tech working in the Japanese companies.
20:00-20:50 Group Discussion on the following topics:
21:00-22:00 Group Presentation on the result of the discussion. Comments by the graduate(s) of Tokyo Tech.
< Schedule on Dec. 26>
7:00-8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Check out and leave the hotel
9:30 Arrive at Ikiiki Plaza. Preparation for the lecture.
10:00-11:30 Lecture by Mr. Sakae Saito, the mayor of Atami (graduate of Tokyo Tech)
12:00-15:00 Stroll in Atami city with the students of the Int窶冤 Tourism Special Training College
18:00 Come back to O-okayama campus

Textbook and reference

Teaching Materials and presentation requirement: There is no specific text in this course. Some references will be introduced during the course according to the topics.

Related and/or prerequisite courses

Condition for taking this course: If the number of regular students exceeds the number of exchange students, selection of participants will be conducted based on their motivation and English ability. Participating students are expected to make presentations and write reports in English.


Evaluation: Regular class attendance and positive participation in the discussion are highly expected. Class attendance (40%), presentation (15%), school visit or substitute short report (8%), final report 37%

1.Class attendance: attendance is expected at all class meetings. Those who come to the class 30 minutes after its start or leave it 30 minutes before its end will receive only half of the attendance points.

2.Presentation: In the middle of the course, a group of exchange and regular students are requested to give a group presentation on "My country and my university/home town", in front of other students and guest audience. Some students will be asked to join the group as "commentators " who will introduce the charms and characteristics of the country from the viewpoint of foreigners.

1) Topic: "strength and weakness of Japan in comparison with other countries"
2) Length: from 600 to 1000 words in English.
3) Deadline: January 29(Late submission will decrease your report points. Please keep the deadline.)
4) Style: Please note that you have to write your name, country and student number on the upper right of the first page of your report.
5) Plagiarism is strictly prohibited. If such an act is found, you will obtain no points for yourreport.
6) Submission: Please send the report to the TA by e-mail as an
attached file. When you send your report by e-mail, shewill send you the confirmation of its receipt. If you don't receive her confirmation within one week, you are requested to contact the teacher since the report might be missing. Please bring your report to her office (#206 of West 1
Bldg.) or call her (03-5734-3524, fax is the same number) in that case.
7) If you cannot participate in the visit to the Chisetsu Elementary School on Dec. 18, you will be requested to write a short report on 'Education of Japan in comparison with other countries', in more than 150 words in English as a substitution. Deadline is Jan.16th. (Late submission will decrease your report points.)

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