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Tohya Seminar “Global Political Economy Seminar α”

Considering global political economy from the perspectives of politics and economics

Aiko Harashima
3rd-year student, School of Political Science and Economics

The Tohya Seminar considers new international relations theory (global political economy) while considering two trends: the shift towards intangible value in international economics (from items to intangibles) and the shift towards intangible power in international politics (from physical power to non-physical power).

The foremost characteristic of the Tohya Seminar is enrollment from many students who each hold various interests. The seminar features lively discussion in which students exchange opinions regarding Japan-China relations, the contents industry and the tourism industry. Every class features interesting discussions in which matters are considered from various perspectives.

I am particularly interested in the North-South economic disparity and relations between developing nations and advanced nations. Through a business related to my favorite fields of entertainment and art, I hope to bring benefits to both developing nations and advanced nations, leading the North and the South to break away from economic disparity in those fields, and ultimately to solve the social issues of developing nations.

Fellow students in the Tohya Seminar. Deep relations between older and younger students.

The Tohya Seminar is held twice weekly with participation from 3rd-year and 4th-year students. 4th-year students lead the sub-seminar in which preparations are made for the main seminar. Based on this preparation, presentations and discussions are held in the main seminar. Professor Hiroki Tohya provides useful advice at the appropriate timing and conducts a final summary of that day’s content.

The Tohya Seminar accepts students with a wide range of interests and individuality. Therefore, many students have a special fondness for the seminar. I am one such student. Through his friendly and jovial personality, Professor Tohya always maintains a close relationship with students. The seminar features other enjoyable activities such as social mixers and overnight workshops. By studying in the seminar, I have affirmed my enjoyment of studying at the School of Political Science and Economics.