2017 Interpretation of Japan

Font size  SML

Register update notification mail Add to favorite lecture list
Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Inohara Takehiro  Fudano Jun  Hirakawa Yahiro  Yamamoto Hilofumi 
Course component(s)
Day/Period(Room No.)
Course number
Academic year
Offered quarter
Syllabus updated
Lecture notes updated
Language used
Access Index

Course description and aims

The objectives of this course are:
1) Increase basic knowledge through discussions on Japanese culture, industry, and society
2) Learn the skills to transmit concepts and messages related to Japan
3) Discuss what strategies are best for Japan to maintain international relationships with other countries

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will acquire communication skills for transmitting Japanese culture, industry, and technology through discussions and decision making problems.


communication skills, discussions, decision making, consensus, culture bias, win-win relationships

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

For topics, questions, and problems assigned by the instructor, students will solve them and develop solution strategies through discussions. Students are expected to discuss ideas based on their own original thoughts.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Yamamoto: Orientation, introducing Japanese Language and Culture Try to teach international studens who do not speak any Japanese some fundamental Japanese expressions.
Class 2 Fudano: Science and Technology 1 Take and bring a picture which symbolizes Japanese Technology.
Class 3 Hirakawa: Japanese Society 1 Make a research: what is the most frequent asked question by foreigners on Japanese society.
Class 4 Fudano: Science and Technology 2 Make a presentation using a picture which you have taken.
Class 5 Hirakawa: Japanese Society 2 Explain the characteristics of Japanese society in English.
Class 6 Inohara: Experience of consensus building What is the most difficult things in consensus building?
Class 7 Inohara: Experience of group decision making Write an essay on problems when people are in group dicision making.
Class 8 Yamamoto: Making a reference book. Revise and edit your original reports written during this course as an article of a reference book which introduces Japan for other students.


Not specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students must present all classes except only if students have special reasons: we will request you doctor's diagnosis document or certified document to explain valid reason of your absense. Assessment will be based not only on report papers, participations of discussions in class room, but also on student's performance where if students try to use clear simple English sentences or not. We will not evaluate students in that students are good at English.

Related courses

  • LAH.A501 : Area Studies: Europe
  • LAH.A502 : Area Studies: East Asia
  • LAH.A503 : Area Studies: Latin America
  • LAH.A504 : Area Studies: Middle East and Africa
  • LAH.A505 : Area Studies: South and Southeast Asia
  • LAH.A506 : Area Studies: North America and Oceania

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisite, All classes will be held in English.


The course will open only in the 2nd quarter at Suzukakedai campus.

Page Top