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  • Japan in the World Since 1945

    Lesson

    This lesson explores Japan's politics after the Allied Occupation, in particular the close but conflicted relationship with the United States, the sometimes strained relations with China and South Korea, and Japan's military policy.

  • Japanese Protest of 1976 Lockheed Martin Payoff Scandal

    Resource

    Japanese protesters march on the Diet governmental buildings in Tokyo in early 1976. At this time, Prime Minister Kakue Tanaka was accused of taking bribes from the Lockheed Corporation.

  • Traders Gesturing at Tokyo Stock Market

    Resource

    Photo of traders in Tokyo on August 16, 1971, following President Nixon's speech on the U.S. economy.

  • 1969 Tokyo University Protests

    Resource

    Tokyo police fire tear gas in an attempt to remove student locked inside Tokyo University.

  • Japan's Response to the US Financial Crisis

    Resource

    After the economic bailout bill was signed on October 3rd, Japan responded with a mixture of optimism and skepticism. With the continuation of the crisis, the tone now reflects growing concern over global and domestic repercussions. The following articles from the English version of major Japanese newspapers offer insight into the Japanese perspective on the crisis and can be used to spark discussion about the relationship between Tokyo, New York, Washington and your students' hometowns.

  • Economic Leadership and Japan

    Resource

    The New York Times article "In Finance, Japan Sees an Opening" offers an interesting take on a possible new role for Japan in the financial world. This summary of and suggested study questions for the article are designed to help educators use the article in their classrooms.

  • Japan's Reaction to Obama's Victory

    Resource

    This collection of articles and video clips offers insight into various reactions in Japan to Barack Obama's victory, from Prime Minister Aso's official statement to issues concerning the government to all-out celebrations in the tiny town of Obama, Japan, to editorials discussing the pros and cons of Japan's relationship with the US government.

  • Japan's Influence on Asian Stock Markets: A Teaching Idea

    Resource

    On Friday, November 21, Japanese Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa emphasized the need for Japan to take action during this difficult economic time. Following his statement, the stock markets in Asia rebounded. We offer suggestions for ways to use this event for basic chart activities through complex discussions of global economies.

  • Modern Shinkansen

    Resource

    This photo taken in July 2008 shows one of Japan's high speed trains, or Shinkansen.

  • The ABCs of the U.S.-Japan Relationship: Alliance, Business, and Culture

    Essay

    Michael Auslin of the American Enterprise Institute analyzes the complex relationship between Japan and the United States, using the "simple ABC's" of Alliance, Business, and Culture.

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