This spring, Seiki Tanaka, a post-doc research professor working at SU’s Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism and teaching in Maxwell’s undergraduate IR program, escorted 13 undergraduate students to Japan for a two-week study tour, related to his Spring 2014 course Japanese Political Economy and Development. While in Japan, students met with representatives from academic, non-profit, corporate, and government sectors to learn about political and economic policies and developments in Japan. The trip included events in urban and rural areas, with portions of the tour spent in Tokyo and Shimane Prefecture. The study tour was made possible by a grant from the Japan Foundation.
Among experts they met with there were two alumni, shown front row, center, in this photo: Sho Maruyama ’13 EMPA, assistant director at the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry; and Yusuke Inoue ’12 MPA/MA (Econ), who works in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. (Sho is front row, center, in the light grey shirt. Immediately to the right of him is Yusuke.) They spoke to the students about the Cool Japan Initiative and the course of Japanese labor policy, respectively.