Syllabi for YSEP Students

Spring, 2018

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.X406 Fieldwork Skills Fall

*No class this semester

LAW.X328 Topics on Japan I (1-0-0)

Time: Wednesday 10:45-12:15
lace: W934, 3rd floor of West 9 Bldg.
Assoc. Prof. Yuriko SATO
Contact: (please substitute @ for #)

  1. Objective

    Through this course, regular students (Japanese and Int’l) and exchange students from overseas partner universities are expected to deepen their understanding of Japan and Japanese society in comparison with other countries through lectures, discussions and presentations.

    While Topics on Japan (TOJ) I in the last 4th quarter mainly deals with basic
    knowledge of Japan, Japanese education and history, TOJ II aims at deepening
    students’ understanding further by dealing with topics such as economic development, environment protection and culture.

    In the first half of the course, lectures will be given on the economic development and environmental problem of Japan. Students will discuss some key topics related with the lectures. In the last part of the course, students will be divided into several groups and make a group presentation on the causes and possible solution of an important social issue of Japan, their home countries or the relation between them. Opportunities to experience tea ceremony and to see Kabuki will also be provided to deepen their understanding of Japanese traditional culture.

  2. Contents (tentative schedule, all classes will be conducted in English)  
    1. June 13: Introduction to the course and Japanese traditional culture
    2. June 20: Economic Development of Japan (1): Taisho and early Showa period: Economic boom, Depression and Militarism
    3. June 27: Economic Development of Japan (2): Post-war reconstruction. Rapid economic development
    4. July 4: Economic Development of Japan (3): Environmental pollution, Oil shock, Bubble economy and its burst
    5. July 11: Presentation and discussion: issues of student home countries and Japan (1)
    6. July 18: Presentation and discussion: issues of student home countries and Japan (2)

    In addition to the above classes, two additional classes will be held related with traditional Japanese culture. Students are expected to join one of them:

    First one is “Tea ceremony and Making Tea Yourself” which will be held on Saturday (the date will be announced later) at a Japanese-style room in the International House in Ishikawadai, O-okayama campus (International House is No. 11 of the campus map below). Up to 24 participants will be accepted.

    Another is Kabuki for the Beginners at National Theater near the Royal Palace (14:30-16:30) on July 4 (Wed.). Cost: First class sheet ticket 1,500 yen (need to show student ID, no cancellation), ear-phone with English translation 700 yen (optional). Up to 20 participants will be accepted.

  3. Assessment criteria and method

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

    1. Class understanding: Class attendance is expected at all class meetings. Students are requested to fill in a sheet related with the topic of each class
    2. Presentation: In the last part of the course the students are expected to make a presentation on an issue of Japan, their home countries or the relation between them by analyzing its causes and proposing a possible solution.
    3. Final Report: Each student is requested to submit a final report in about 150 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” to the following e-mail address by July 19 (Thur.):   (please substitute @ for #)
    4. Substitute report if you cannot participate in either Tea ceremony or Kabuki: you will be requested to write a report on ‘Traditional Japanese culture’ in more than 150 words in English and send it to the above e-mail address by July 19.
  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.X412
Offered quarter: 1Q
Time: Mostly Wednesday afternoon
Assoc. Prof. Yuriko SATO*, 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 and at least two study tours and three lectures.

    SJCI course students are advised to participate in the study tours 1 and 2. The third tour 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 3, the student should attend the second lecture (by Mr. Sasaki) and make the registration for 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: April 11 (Wed) 15:05 ~ 15:30 Briefing session: Explanation of the outline and requirements of the course at Room H136 on the 3rd floor of the main building on O-okayama campus
    • Lecture 1: April 18 (Wed) 15:30-17:00 by Mr. Yukihiro Koizumi, Japan International Agency (JICA) at Room H136
    • Lecture 2: April 25 (Wed) 15:05-16:35 by Mr. Sasaki of Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. at Room H136
    • Lecture 3: May 9 (Wed) 15:05-16:35 by Dr. Ved Prasad Kafle, National Institute of Information and Communication Technology at Room H136
    • Lecture 4: May 16(Wed) 15:05-16:40 by Dr. Haruo Miyadera, Toshiba Corporation Energy Systems & Solutions Company at Room H136
    • Lecture 5: May 23 (Wed) 15:05-16:35 by Dr. Yang Lingling, JFE Steel Corporation at Room H136
    • Lecture 6: May 30 (Wed) 15:05-16:35 by Mr. Hideyuki Shinkai and Mr. Benoitg Tallec, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporationat Room H136
    • Study Tour 1: May 2 (Wed.) 13:00-16:30 Visit to Shinagawa Incineration Plant: We will go there by train. Gather at the entrance of O-okayama station at 13:10. Train fee is 360 yen (one way).
    • Study Tour 2: TBA (tentative date is June 7)
    • Study Tour 3: June 13 (Wed) Visit to Advanced Materials Development Laboratory, Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd.
      Leave O-okayama campus by chartered bus (time and meeting place: TBA)
  5. Professors in charge
    • Study tours 1 and 2 (Shinagawa Incineration Plant and the other) are 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 3 and all the lectures will be organized by Prof. Takemura. 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. Manners & Rules during study tours

    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.
  8. 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 2018)
How to register for the courses
(SAMPLE) Registered Course