Year 2017 Term canceled Day Thursday Period 4 Credit 2 Code 119
Course Title Lecture on International Development I
Major Common Subjects
Instructor(s) Ito (Coord.)
Purpose & Description

This new course for the Campus ASEAN project has been jointly developed by the Graduate School of International Development, the Graduate School of Law, the Graduate School of Economics, and the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences. It is intended to familiarize students with basic issues related to the ASEAN region and Japan from a wide range of academic perspectives. At the end of the course, students should be able to understand some of the real-life problems confronting the region and to think about different ways to solve them. 




October 6   Class 1

(by Prof. Sanae ITO and Designated Assistant Prof. Yuki SHIMAZU, GSID[1])

Introduction to Campus ASEAN and its joint education course

1) Introduction to Campus ASEAN program

2) Introduction to this course

  • Course description
  • Learning objectives
  • Schedule
  • Group presentations
  • Evaluation


October 13   Class 2

(by Prof. Kiyoshi FUJIKAWA, GSID)

Factors of economic development: Based on the neoclassical growth theory

1) Recent trend of Japanese official development assistance (ODA)

2) Activities of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

3) To work as an international servant.


October 20   Class 3

(by Prof. Sanae ITO, GSID)

Recent trends in international development cooperation

This lecture reviews the evolution of development theories after the Second World War and examines how the notion of development is being reframed as the influence of rising powers challenges the conventional theory and practice of international development. Special attention will be given to Asia where post-war relations of aid are being radically transformed and new norms of development cooperation are taking shape.


October 27   Class 4

(by Associate Prof. Kasumi ITO, ICCAE[2] )

Agricultural Technical Cooperation for Livelihood Improvement

This lecture provides several agricultural and environmental issues and its negative influence to livelihood of rural people in ASEAN countries by using pictures and statistical data. Students will form small groups to discuss about the expected technical cooperation to solve the selected issue, and present the result to the other students. After the presentation, several examples of real technical cooperation project will be introduced and students will discuss about important key factors for successful technical cooperation to solve the agricultural and environmental issues.


November 10   Class 5

(by Prof. Yuzuru SHIMADA, GSID)

International assistance for law and governance

Since 1990s, the "law and governance reform" is a popular agenda in international development. There has been a series of activities to make and implement laws in a society to promote economic and social development. If necessary, a foreign government or international organization gives assistance for it. Within an academic context, researches have been done to understand the causal relation between law and socio-economic development and what law has made bigger impacts on development. So, legal reform is a very important part of international cooperation. This lecture will introduce experiences of international cooperation for legal reform in Asia as an example of new trends in international cooperation.


November 17   Class 6

(by Designated Lecturer. David GREEN, Graduate School of Law)

Discussion Seminar on Japan’s Role in Asia

Although its economic ranking has been surpassed by China in recent years, Japan remains a major economic, political and even military power in Asia. With the quickly changing Asian context in mind, this course will take a discussion-based approach to deliberate on Japan’s role in the region. What courses of action can Japan take to maximize benefits to itself and its allies? How can Japan counterbalance against regional and international threats? As the Abe administration seeks to bolster Japan’s military status, is this in fact a good idea from the Japanese and regional perspectives? Students should expect to be actively involved and willing to contribute their own thoughts and ideas to this discussion.


November 24   Class 7

(by Designated Associate Prof. Sean MCGINTY, Graduate School of Law)

Executive Compensation and Corporate Law in Comparative Context

In recent years the issue of income inequality has become a hotly debated topic in the United States and other developed countries in the common law world where the proportion of income earned by the top 1% of earners has rapidly increased while those at the bottom have stagnated or decreased.  In civil law countries such as those in continental Europe and Japan, in contrast, income disparity has grown at a much lower pace than in the common law countries. 

The debate over what has caused the increase in income inequality and why the di vergence between civil and common law countries exists in part relates to the question of how corporations are governed.  The corporation is the organizational form for most large scale economic activity the world over and the explosion of income inequality in the Anglo-American world is closely associated with an explosion in the compensation of top executives at large corporations relative to those of rank and file workers. 

This lecture will examine a key question which these observations raise: to what extent are differences in the rules governing corporations in the common and civil law worlds to blame for this divergence?  Such rules have two potential sources which we will examine.  On the one hand corporate law in most jurisdictions set out rules which govern the way executives are compensated.  Do differences in such rules make it easier or more difficult for executives to receive higher compensation in some countries than others?  On the other we have non-legal sources of rules such as social norms.  Do cultural norms against greed or in favor of fairness have a greater disciplinary effect on executive compensation in civil law countries than they do in the common law world?

In examining these questions we will look at the examples provided by American corporate law and governance on the one hand and Japanese and European corporate law and governance on the other.

December 1   Class 8

(by Designated Associate Prof. Hiroko ITO, Graduate School of Law)

Asian Family Law (Advanced)

The purpose of this session is to understand the reality surrounding the application of religious laws in a common law country.  This session covers South Asia where religious laws and state laws regarding on family matters co-exist, and those laws vary in substances.  We review the relevant statutes on child marriage, custody, bigamy and etc., to understand the aim to protect the rights of the weak, and also the opposition movement based upon the religious belief.  Students are required to take the basic session on Asian Family Law provided for undergraduate students.

December 8   Class 9

(by Associate Prof. Teilee KUONG, CALE[3])

Law and Politics in ASEAN Integration – The ASEAN Charter and Beyond

This 90-minute session focuses on some particular features of the ASEAN Charter and other post-Charter documents related to the ASEAN regional integration in the 21st century. The particular features of these documents reflect the underlying tensions of the diverse national systems in the region and some pragmatic political compromises among the Members States in response to internal needs and external pressures. They also partly display the possible legal directions for this regional integration to go ahead in the coming years.

In addition to the talks by the lecturer, participants are expected to take part in short discussions on some critical issues related to the legal and political dimensions of regional integration in general and the latest situation of legal and political development in the ASEAN region.


December 15   Class 10

(by Prof. Yoshio SANO, Graduate School of Economics)

Human Resources Management from Cross-Cultural Aspects

Human Resources Management is vitally important for any corporation doing business in the global fields.

In the lectures we will look at how global corporations manage the human resources especially in cross-cultural circumstances. We will look at corporations in Japan and Asia. Case studies will be used. Positive participation of the students are required.

December 22   Class 11

(by Lecturer. Chie YOROZU, Graduate School of Economics)

Japanese Firms and Management in Comparative Perspective

This lecture introduces students to some of the main features of Japanese national business systems. The aim is to understand the range of major ‘external’ influences and national histories (national institutions and contexts) that affect the way Japanese firms behave. On the basis of case study of Japanese firms, students will analyze how difficult it is to see radical attempted change in Japan. By the end of the lecture, students should be able to apply the conceptual frameworks learnt in this lecture to compare very different socio-economic models in the Japanese and ASEAN economies.

January 10   Class 12

(by Associate Prof. Yasuhiro DOI, Graduate School of Economics)

ASEAN's Economic Integration -AEC-

Purpose of this lecture is to show a guideline of ASEAN Economic Community. In order to grasp academic backgrounds of free trade, we employ the process of economic integration by Balassa (1961). Also economic levels of ASEAN countries will be referred as an important point of free trade. Productivity and industrial structure of each country are analyzed empirically to seek effectivities of free trade among ASEAN countries.


1. Introduction
2. Outlines of Free Trade
3. ASEAN Economy
4. Convergence of Industry
5. Productivity Convergence
6. Conclusion

January 12   Class 13

(by Prof. Jiro NEMOTO, Graduate School of Economics)

Macro Perspectives of Economic Development and Growth

This lecture aims to learn economic growth and development by examining macroeconomic time series data in the long-run. A simple theoretical framework of macroeconomics will be introduced to facilitate understanding of implications drawn from data visualization. We will see experiences of the Japanese economy since 60s and compare them to those of the East Asian and ASEAN countries.  Based on empirical evidence, the geese-flying pattern of economic development is briefly discussed.


January 19   Class 14



January 26   Class 15



[1] GSID: Graduate School of International Development
[2] ICCAE: International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education
[3] CALE: Center for Asian Legal Exchange


Texts & References

To be announced on October 6 (Class 1).


Grading will be based on:

  • Attendance (Attendance / Contribution to classroom discussions) - 20%
  • Group presentation - 30%
  • Essay test - 50%



  • 出席(授業への参加・貢献度) - 20%
  • グループ発表 - 30%
  • 論述試験 - 50%

Language(s) for instruction & discussion; Others