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Why I chose to take my course in Japan-Young Talents’ POV vol.3

In the eyes of many countries, Japan is a highly developed and advanced country. In recent years, many people have decided to enrol in Japanese universities. Well established universities such as University of Tokyo, Keio University, University of Kyoto etc have attracted my students to come to Japan and study.

I started studying in Japan last year at Soka University, and my major is International Liberal arts. Not many people have heard of this course, but it is uniquely designed to enrich the students’ study experience and knowledge. Liberal arts is an interdisciplinary course, which means it does not focus on merely one particular subject. The course generally covers the important areas of social science and humanities such as history, sociology, culture, political science, international relations and economics. I have always been interested in these subjects, particularly economics and business administration.

Economics is a subject in which students can develop knowledge and skills to make crucial decisions in society. The subject also covers areas on business planning, marketing and management.  More importantly, in my opinion, economics is a tool that can help tackle global problems such as poverty, corruption and social injustice.

To begin with, one of the objectives of the Liberal arts program is to develop and educate global leaders to contribute to the growth of prosperity of nations. From my own perspective, Japan is an ideal place to achieve such goals. When it comes to growth of nations, Japan is one of the ideal places to learn from. After the catastrophic events of word war 2, the Japanese economy had plunged into rock bottom. Furthermore, the conditions in Japan after the effects of nuclear weapons were very dire. It had seemed impossible for Japan to recover. However, the people had shown tremendous resilience and tenacity. Their spirit had impacted Japan strongly, bringing the economy up to the word’s top five. At present, the Japanese economy is the third largest in world, behind the United States and China. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic (2019), according to the Japan times, the economy expanded at a faster pace than expected. This was due to strong capital investment and private consumption. The gross domestic product expanded by 1.8%.

Abenomics is also one of the reasons why I am so captivated by Japan’s economy. According to business insider, the Abenomics is one of the biggest economics experiments the world has ever seen. The idea of Abenomics is to revive the Japanese economy through strong monetary policy, fiscal consolidation and growth strategy. Financial markets and stock markets had been booming under the Abenomics policy. The goal of monetary policy was to reduce real interest rates. This helps in boosting the country’s investment and expanding the rate of exports. This means cash is flowing into Japan’s balance account and thereby strengthening Japan’s financial position. In terms of fiscal policy, the aim of the government is to increase government consumption and public investment. This action has helped Japan boost its employment rate.

Second, apart from economics, Liberal arts also focus on the importance of history and culture. Understanding international history is very important. First, we need to understand the history because we are living with its consequences. Our way of life, why certain countries are still at war, poverty and etc are strongly connected to history. Second, many leaders, officials and scholars invoke historical analogies to prove their policy positions. The history and culture of Japan are very often used by historians and scholars. When the two devastating atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, the international system was drastically changed. Hence, studying history is imperative in order to deeply understand the consequences. Japan is at the cutting edge when it comes to learning international world history.

Third, I understand that politics in Japan is complex and sophisticated. Japan is a constitutional monarchy. In other words, the country has governmental parliament and the emperor. In Liberal arts, one of the subjects I have to study is International relations. This subject deals with relationships between countries and politics. Japan is becoming more influential than ever in the international stage. How the world move forward will sometimes depend on Japan’s economic decision. Hence, to learn about Japan’s politics and international relations can be very important for the future.

Finally, Japan is a rapidly improving and advancing economy. Personally, I strongly believe that Japan is extremely well equipped to achieve any kinds of goals. The term 改善(kaizen), which means continuous improvement and eliminating waste, exemplifies the idea of being productive and efficient. My major allows me to deeply analyze, synthesize and understand complex issues that are occurring around the world. My university as well as Japan, has the knowledge and ability to help me solve such problems and thereby adding value to society.  

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