Pros --
1. Decently interesting class?
2. Decently nice/funny professor

Cons --
1. Very hard exams that are more math/econ based that test ur math skills than actually the economic development of Japan..
2. Must attend lecture pay attention to slides/take amazing notes (if you don't, exam will be impossible)

Overall: If you actually care about learning/interesting material, not a bad class to take. If you're looking for a GPA boost or want an easy going and smooth elective, definitely DO NOT take this class.

Workload:

Structure:
2 exams (both hard) (Midterm 20%, final 30%)
problem sets (10% grade) (very doable, attend office hours, etc.)
one essay (40% of grade) (2500-3000 words)
attendance not mandatory but essential for exams