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Humanities & Social Sciences

Aoki, A.(Graduate School of Letters)
Sung Legal Culture : An Analysis of the Application of Laws by Judges in the Ch'ing-Ming Chi
Acta Asiatica,84, 61-79 (2003)

2 Aoki, N.(Graduate School of Letters)
Teachers’ Conversation with Partial Autobiographies
Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics,7(2), 152-168 (2002)

This paper reports on a course in the Japanese as a second language teacher education programme in Graduate School of Letters in which in-service teachers discussed cases written by themselves. The analysis of one of the discussions and subsequent interviews with the teachers reveal that multiple layers of autobiographical stories were involved in the discussion. In concluding the paper suggests that telling autobiographical stories can be a powerful tool to facilitate teacher development.

3 Horiba, Y.; Yoshida, K. (Graduate School of Economics)
Determinants of Japanese Corporate Pension Coverage
Journal of Economics and Business,54, 537-555 (2002)

The unique and complex historical and institutional background of Japanese pension system provides the motivation for this study to examine the factors underlying corporate decisions to adopt explicit pension plans. Hypotheses grounded in the finance motivation such as cost minimization and tax consideration are strongly supported by the evidence presented in this study. However, it is also shown that hypotheses pertaining to aspects of Japanese-style bargaining between labor and management lost their relevance with regard to pension adoption during the turbulent 1980s when firms came under increased global competition.

4 Horioka, C. Y.(Institute of Social and Economic Research)
Are the Japanese Selfish, Altruistic or Dynastic?
The Japanese Economic Review,53 26-54 (2002)

5 Miyamoto, Y.; Iijima, Y. (Faculty of Language and Culture)
On the Existence of Scrambling in the Grammar of Japanese Elementary EFL Learners
EUROSLA Yearbook,3, 7-27 (2003)

This paper argues that Japanese elementary EFL learners allow movement of the kind *How many1 did Bill think t1 students are smart? and that this is because they treat WH-movement as scrambling. It was also found that intermediate level speakers have not acquired the quantificational force of English WH-phrases. It is proposed that this follows if the Fquant Absorption parameter (Watanabe 2000) has not been reset from its Japanese value.


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