[Educator Program] Individually Priced Session #2 - Medieval and Early Modern Japan: Encounter with Mongol Empire and Europe
Kamakura Period (1192-1333) and Pre Modern Periods
In this morning session, participants will examine the political rise of warrior (samurai) class with particular focus on how two attempted invasions by the Mongol Empire influenced Japan’s domestic policies. The course also includes how Japan responded to the early contacts with Europeans (Portugal and Spain) and how the introduction of Christianity influenced Japan’s domestic politics, arts and culture.
Age of Global Explorations and Isolation in Tokugawa Period (1603-1868)
The afternoon session will introduce participants to Japan’s seclusion during the Age of Exploration and examine reasons for restricting contact with foreign countries during the early Tokugawa Period. Participants will then examine how global pressures and increased contact in the 19th century helped open Japan to the world through the lens of surging imperialism.
[Educator Program] Individually Priced Sessions #3 - Modern Japan: Beginning of US-Japan Relationship to WWII
Beginning of the US-Japan Relationship - Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Participants will examine the rise of Japan on the international stage during the Meiji period with particular focus on the relationship between the United States and Japan. Key topics include the rise of Japanese imperialism, Japan’s connections to other Asian neighbors, and the economic rise and prosperity of Japan within the global economy.
Showa Japan: Foreign Relations and World War II:
Participants will explore the topic of the early Showa period in Japan, with a particular focus on political and foreign policy leading into WWII. Participants will consider and compare different perspectives of imperialism, Japan-U.S political negotiations during this period, and the events of the Asia-Pacific War.
[Educator Program] Individually Priced Session #4 - Post War Japan
Post-war Japan: Occupation and Recovery
Participants will examine Japan at the end of the war. The session also prepares participants to teach the occupation of Japan, its democratization under the guidance of the US, and how Japanese society was impacted. Key topics to be covered include US impact on the Japanese Constitution, Occupation policies designed to create “democratization,” and the rebuilding of the US-Japan relationship.
Rapid Economic Growth and Decline
Participants will examine Japan’s post-war economic boom and the impact of foreign relations on its economy during the Cold War, Vietnam and Korean Wars as well as the Olympics in 1964. The session will also explore Japan’s period of economic stagnation, known as the “Lost Decade” (1991-2000) in which economic growth abruptly ended and whose consequences Japanese policymakers continue to grapple with.
[Educator Program] Individually Priced Session #5 - Contemporary Japan and Global Relations
Contemporary Japan and its Foreign policy
Participants will explore key developments in Japanese international relations from 1989 (the end of the Cold War) to the present. Key topics will include the use of Japanese defense forces in overseas conflicts, continuation of Article 9 of the Constitution, and the influence of energy policies on Japanese international relations during this era.
US-Japan Alliance – a Case study: “Operation Tomodachi”
Operation Tomodachi was a United States Armed Forces (especially U.S. Forces Japan) assistance operation to support Japan in disaster relief following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. In this afternoon session, Matthew Freely, PhD., a former Navy captain who engaged in the operation, will share his case study as well as a personal story from the devastation and the US-Japan coordinated relief efforts.