Syllabi for YSEP Students

Autumn, 2017

YSEP Administrative Committee
Tokyo Institute of Technology


  1. YSEP Compulsory Courses
  2. Japanese Language Courses
  3. Specialized Subjects
  4. Appendix
    1. YSEP Schedule of Common Program (September 2017 – August 2018)
    2. How to register for the courses

Note: Please be sure to check any announcements you receive via email.
Note: Days with * are national holidays

YSEP Compulsory Courses

LAW.X407 Fieldwork Skills Fall

Time: Wednesdays 10:45-12:15
Room: H136 (Main Bldg.)
Associate Prof. Tom Hope
Contact: (please substitute @ for #)

  1. Objective

    This course explores practical ways to discover and understand culture in Japan, based on the gathering and analysis of qualitative data. Students taking the course will learn techniques of observation and interviewing and will practice applying these techniques in the real world in Tokyo. The course will explore the benefits and limitations of qualitative study of culture, the gathering of data, and how to analyse the results of interviews and observations. By the end of the course, students will have discovered some interesting aspects of culture in Japan and developed some skills that are beneficial across many study disciplines.

  2. Schedule
    1. September 27
      Introduction to the course and the study of culture.
    2. October 4
      Observation and Fieldwork
    3. October 11
      Analysis of observation: Coding
    4. October 18
      Interviewing skillsOctober 25
    5. October 25
      Analysis of Long Interviews: Transcription
    6. November 1
      Presenting Results: Thick Description
    7. November 8
      Student group presentations and review
  3. Assessment

    Attendance and participation in exercises, including some small observation and interviewing assignments (50%). A final group presentation to the rest of the class (30%) and one-to-two paragraph individual comment (20%).

    Attendance at all classes is expected. Students arriving late (after 30 minutes from the start of class) or leaving early will receive half of the attendance points.

    Each week you will be given a data gathering or analysis task to complete before the next class where you will present some of your results and work with others to improve them. This course is ‘hands-on’ where we work together to study and communicate our results. It therefore requires your full participation during classes (this will also increase your enjoyment of the course!).

    At the end of the course you must submit a short one-paragraph reflective comment. Submit by email to, Deadline: Tuesday November 14, midnight. Late submission will result in a reduced grade. More details will be given during class.

  4. Teaching Materials

    There are no assigned texts, but some reference materials will be introduced in class.

LAW.X327 Topics on Japan I (1-0-0)

Time: Wednesday 10:45-12:15
lace: W935, 3rd floor of West 9 Bldg.
Assoc. Prof. Yuriko SATO
Contact: (please substitute @ for #)

  1. Objective

    Through this course, YSEP students from overseas partner universities and regular students of Tokyo Tech are expected to deepen their understanding of Japan and the Japanese society in comparison with other countries through lectures, discussions, presentations and visits to a relevant place.

    In the first half of the course, lectures will be given on the characteristics of Japanese culture, society and education. Students will discuss some key topics related with the lectures and visit an elementary school to see the actual education in Japan. In the last part of the course, students will be divided into several groups and make a group presentation on ‘Discovery of Japan,’ assuming they are the special correspondents dispatched from some international media to cover a hot topic on Japan. They have to choose a topic, explore the background causes of the phenomena and give a presentation.

    Course participants are encouraged to exchange with the classmates and to understand the other values and way of thinking than their own during this course.

  2. Contents (tentative schedule)
    1. Nov. 29: Tips to understand the Japanese culture and communication style
    2. Dec. 6: Overview of Japanese society and education system
    3. Dec. 13: Study Visit to Chisetsu Elementary School (From 10:30 am to 14:00 pm)
    4. Dec. 20: Overview of Japanese history and Meiji Restoration
    5. Jan. 10: Modernization and issues during Meiji period
    6. Jan. 17: Presentation: Discovery of Japan (1) (2) (3)
    7. Jan. 24: Presentation: Discovery of Japan (4) (5) and Wrap up discussion
  3. Assessment criteria and method

    Understanding of classes 40%, Presentation 40%, Final report 20%

    1. Class attendance including school visit: attendance is expected at all class meetings. Those who come to the class 30 minutes after its start or leave 30 minutes before its end will receive only half of the attendance points.
    2. Presentation: Students are requested to make a group presentation on ‘Discovery of Japan,’ assuming they are the special correspondents dispatched from some international media to cover an interesting topic on Japan. They have to choose a topic, explore the background causes of the phenomena and give a group presentation in front of the other students and guest audience, followed by Q&A and discussion (each presentation should be within 23 minutes, Q&A and discussion will be about 6 minutes).
    3. Final Report: Each student is requested to submit a final report in about 250 words in English related with the part which he/she analyzed in the group presentation. Please send the report with the title “TOJ Final Report _ your student number and name” by Jan. 26 to the following e-mail address: (please substitute @ for #)
    4. Substitute report: If you cannot participate in the visit to the Chisetsu Elementary School you will be requested to write a short report on ‘Education of Japan in comparison with other countries’ in more than 200 words in English and send it to the above e-mail address by Jan. 26 (Late submission will decrease your report points.)
  4. Teaching Materials

    There is no specific text in this course. References will be introduced during the course according to the topics.

Study on Japanese Companies and Industries I (Credit: 1)

Course registration number: LAW.X411
Offered quarter: 3Q
Time: Mostly Wednesday afternoon
Assoc. Prof. Yuriko SATO*, Assoc. Prof. Tom Hope, Assoc. Prof. Jiro TAKEMURA
Contact: Room 206, West 1 Bldg, O-okayama, tel: 03-5734-3524
E-mail: (please substitute @ for #)

  1. Objective

    This course aims to deepen students’ understanding of the actual systems of Japanese companies and industries through study tours and a series of lectures given by professional company staff.

  2. Learning outcomes

    By the end of this course, students will be able to

    1. deepen their understanding on the Japanese industrial and social system
    2. understand the working environment, company culture and required communication/language skills of several companies in Japan
    3. understand the actual technical systems of Japanese companies and public organizations
  3. Course flow

    This course consists of three study tours and six lectures.

    Student attendance is expected at the briefing session (at the beginning of the course), at least two study tours and three lectures.

    SJCI course students are advised to participate in Study Tour 1 and 3. The second tour (Visit to Hitachi GE Nuclear Energy) can accommodate a limited number of students since the other course (CSJI) students have priority to participate in it. (Note: To participate the study tour 2, the student should attend the first lecture (by Dr. Mochida) and make the registration to the tour.)

    Participating students are encouraged to ask questions or express their observations to the lecturers or staff during the QA session in each lecture/tour.

    Students must submit a short report of designated format at the end of each lecture and a report after each tour

  4. Contents (tentative schedule*) (*note: the schedule is subject to change)
    • Briefing September 27 (Wed) 15:05 ~ 15:35, Briefing session: on the outline and requirement of the course at Room H136 in the main building.
    • Lecture 1 October 4 (Wed) 15:05 ~ 16:35 by Dr. Takaaki MOCHIDA, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd, at Room H136
    • Lecture 2 October 18 (Wed) 15:05 ~ 16:35 by Mr. Xu WANG, Chiyoda Corporation, Tokyo Tech Graduate, at Room H136.
    • Lecture 3 October 25 (Wed) 15:05 ~ 16:35 by Dr. Lyta LIEM Torishima Pump Mfg. Co., Ltd , Tokyo Tech Graduate, at Room H136
    • Lecture 4 November 1 (Wed) 15:05 ~ 16:35 by Dr. Gao Qi, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Tokyo Tech Gradate, at Room H136.
    • Lecture 5 November 15 (Wed) 15:05 ~ 16:35 by Dr. Hidekazu TODOROKI, Nippon, Yakin Kogyo, Co. Ltd., at Room H136
    • Lecture 6 by a Japanese company engineer/administrator at Room H136
      Details (date and time) will be announced later by Prof. Takemura.
    • Study Tour 1 October 11 (Wed) 13:30 ~ 17:30, Visit to the Life Safety Learning Center in Ikebukuro, Leave O-okayama campus by chartered bus (Gather at the bus parked in front of West Bldg. 9 at 13:30) 【Assigned instructor: Prof. Hope】
    • Study Tour 2 November 22 (Wed) 8:00 ~ 18:30, Visit to Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd, Hitachi City, Leave O-okayama by chartered bus (Gather at the bus parked in front of West Bldg. 9 at 8:00)
    • Study Tour 3 November 28 (Tue) 12:00 ~ 18:30, Visit to Oppama Plant of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Leave O-okayama by chartered bus (Gather at the bus parked in front of West Bldg. 9 at 12:00) 【Prof. Sato】
  5. Professors in charge
    • Study tour 1 is organized by Prof. Hope so for the further inquires on this tour, please contact him at the following e-mail address: (please substitute @ for #)
    • Study tour 3 is organized by Prof. Sato, so for the further inquires on this tour and overall management of this course, please contact her (her e-mail address is listed in the first part of this syllabus).
    • Study tour 2 and all the lectures are organized by Prof. Takemura, so for the further inquires on them, please contact him at the following e-mail address: (please substitute @ for #)
  6. Assessment Criteria and Method

    Understanding of lectures 40%, Reports of study tours 60%

    1. Class attendance: attendance is expected at briefing session, at least two study tours and three lectures.
    2. Short reports after each lecture: Students are requested to write a short report (quiz) by the given sheet just after each lecture.
    3. Reports on the study tours: Students are requested to submit a report after each study tour. The length of report on the tour should be in one A4 page in English and be submitted to the TA within one week after each tour. It should be sent with the title “Report _ the tour place_ your student number and name” to the following e-mail address: (please substitute @ for #)

      Note: When you send your report by e-mail, TA will send you the confirmation of its receipt. If you don’t receive the confirmation within a week, you are requested to contact the teacher since the report might be missing.

  7. Others

    Please keep the following rules and manner when you visit a factory.

    (Rule 1) Visiting a factory

    1. Please put on low-heeled shoes. Sandals and mules are inappropriate for safety reasons.
    2. Participants are recommended to wear long pants/slacks and bring long sleeve shirts/jackets and socks with you for safety reasons (you might be requested to change to safety shoes in some factories).

    (Rule 2) When you are in a plant or a factory

    1. Taking a picture is prohibited unless you are given specific permission.
    2. Cell phones should not be used while walking in the factory.
    3. Please do not move close to the staff while they are operating.
    4. Please be careful about the trucks, locomotives and so on in the plant.
    5. Please follow the designated line on the ground of the factory.
    6. Please do not touch the products, unless you are told you are allowed to.
    7. Please do not put your hands in your pockets while walking.

    Condition for taking this course:

    Due to the passenger capacity of the bus, the number of students who can take this class is limited. The selection of the class participants will be done in the course briefing.

    The following students have priority in participation.

    1. YSEP students
    2. Tokyo Tech master course regular students

Japanese Language and Japan Studies

Japanese Language Courses 2017

  • You are very welcome to attend our Japanese language classes. You will find all the details regarding the courses and registration procedure on the following website:
  • Japanese language level and courses
    Japanese language level Base class Topic 0riented Japanese
    Beginner Basic Japanese 1 and 2
    (two classes a week)
    TOJ 01
    (two classes a week)
    Upper-elementary Basic Japanese 3 and 4
    (two classes a week)
    Pre-intermediate Intermediate Japanese 1 and 2 TOJ 11-16, 21-26
    Lower-intermediate Intermediate Japanese 3 and 4 TOJ 31 and 32
    Upper-intermediate TOJ 41-48
    • It takes two quarters (approximately four months) to finish one language level.
  • Notes
    • The course schedule for the third and fourth quarter will come up on the website in early September.
    • The registration procedure and the placement test to check your language level will start from early September.
    • You can obtain an academic certificate if necessary.

Specialized Subjects

Courses of the International Graduate Program(Link)
List of Graduate Courses Available to Undergraduate-level Exchange Students(Link)


YSEP Schedule of Common Program (Spring 2017)
How to register for the courses
(SAMPLE) Registered Course