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Code and name of the course for Application Form
Prior Inquiry and Professors
Features of the course and curriculum
Supporting information of the course
General information of the university
Number of the International Students
Message to Prospective International Students
Overseas Offices, International Academic Exchange Agreements with Overseas Institutions
Alumni Association of the international students

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Your desired university information must be filled in on the 1st page of Application Form by following the sections 1~5 below. See 10. to select a supervisor.
See 9. and check the requirements for the prior inquiry.
(Please use the contact form for any inquiry. The form can be downloaded by clicking the button.)
(Contact after the application period is not allowed.)
93A Yokohama National University
Graduate School of International Social Sciences
African Economics and Business Initiative (AEBI) program funded by ABE Initiative and hosted by Department of Economics / Master of Arts in Economics
Code and Name of the Course for Application Form
1. Graduate School Code 93A
2. Name of University and Graduate School Yokohama National University
Graduate School of International Social Sciences
3. Program and Degree African Economics and Business Initiative (AEBI) program funded by ABE Initiative and hosted by Department of Economics / Master of Arts in Economics
4. Desired Supervisors See "10. Professors and Associate Professors"
5. Fields of Study
Economics / Business Administration /
6. Standard Time Table
(Years needed for graduation)
2 years as a Master’s Student
7. Academic Background At least 16 years of academic background or equivalent
8. Other Requirements
(Linguistic Ability or else)
(1) TOEFL IBT: 80, PBT: 550 is required
Prior Inquiry and Professors
9. Prior Inquiry From Applicants (Before Submission of Application Documents) Before submitting application documents, you must inquire about your research theme / plan in order to select an appropriate university supervisor matched with your research area. Please click here for the inquiry.

*The contact form for inquiries regarding this program has been closed.
10. Professors and Associate Professors
Names Research Subject,Contact (e-mail),Special Message for the Future Students
Taro Akiyama
【Research Subject】
Mathematical Economics. Mathematics is the basis of the global standard in Economics, and is a kind of language. Professor Akiyama encourages you to master this language during your studies at YNU. His specialty is in Economic Theory, Economic Growth and Business Cycle.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Yasunori Fukagai
【Research Subject】
For over a quarter century, Professor Fukagai has engaged in research on the intellectual history of British economic thought and utilitarianism. Recently his focus includes the field of economic ethics.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Midori Kizaki
【Research Subject】
Professor Kizaki researches the economy of China, as well as developing economies and transitional economics.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Masahito Kobayashi
【Research Subject】
Professor Kobayashi’s research encompasses statistical analysis of time series.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Keiji Nagai
【Research Subject】
Professor Nagai has a Ph.D. in Statistics from Rutgers University. He teaches Mathematical Statistics, and his research interests are Financial Econometrics, Sequential Analysis, Nonparametric Statistics, and Statistics of Stochastic Processes.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Yasushi Nakamura
【Research Subject】
Professor Nakamura researches Russian and East European economies, focusing on their histories of economic planning

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Junichi Okabe
【Research Subject】
Professor Okabe’s research interests are Statistical Systems, Social Research, the Indian Statistical System and the Non-Observed Economy.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Tsunao Okumura
【Research Subject】
Professor Okumura gained his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University in 2000. His areas of research are Monetary Economics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. He instructs a course on ‘Macroeconomics I’.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Yoshiaki Omori
【Research Subject】
Professor Omori received his Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1990. His areas of research are empirical labor economics and economics of the family.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Craig Parsons
【Research Subject】
Professor Parsons received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Hawaii-Manoa. He teaches ‘International Economics and Public Policy’ and ‘Applied International Trade’, and his area of research is Empirical International Economics.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Kiyotaka Sato
【Research Subject】
Professor Sato obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tokyo in 2001. His research interests are International Money and Finance, Monetary Integration and Exchange Rate Policies of East Asian Economies, and Price-Setting Behavior of Exporting Firms. He runs the course on ‘International Finance’.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Hiroyasu Uemura
【Research Subject】
Professor Uemura’s research focuses on the theoretical foundations of institutional and evolutionary economics as well as the institutional analysis of the Japanese economic system. He teaches “Economic Systems” for Master’s program in English.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Keiichi Yamazaki
【Research Subject】
Professor Yamazaki, from Osaka, has research interests in sustainable development (SD) in developing countries, the role of local governments in the SD process and public participation in regional and community development, with a focus on Brazil. He teaches ‘Environment and Development’ course for Master’s Program in English.

【Special Message for the Future Students】
My study on regional and community development from economics approach will be helpful for further developing African countries.

Minako Fujio
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Professor Fujio received her Ph.D. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University in 2007. Her areas of research are Macroeconomics, Growth Theory and Economic Dynamics.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Eiji Hotori
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Professor Hotori gained his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Tokyo in 2006. His research interests include banking history, financial history and the economic history of Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries.

【Special Message for the Future Students】
I hope that my research into Japanese economic history will be helpful for enhancing the development of Africa.

Taku Ishiro
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Prof. Ishiro specializes in the analysis of the regional economy. His research areas are comparative regional economic systems, SME in the regional economy, Environmental issues and the regional economy as seen from the River Basin, Development of inter-regional division of labor in each region of the world with a focus and each region of Japan, South Korea and China.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Taro Kumano
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Professor Kumano has obtained Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. He is specialized in Microeconomics and Market Design.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Tomoari Matsunaga
【Research Subject】
Professor Matsunaga gained an MA in Political Science from Waseda University. His areas of research are British trade policy and comparative economic history in the early 20th century.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Nozomu Muto
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Prof. Muto received his PhD in Economics in 2010 from Hitotsubashi University. He works mainly on game theory and mechanism design.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Teru Nishikawa
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Professor Nishikawa’s areas of research encompass economic policy and IMF Macroeconomic Policy. He instructs the course on ‘Economic Policy’.

【Special Message for the Future Students】
I hope that my research into Economic Policy will be helpful for developing an effective policy for development of Africa.

Naoko Soma
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Professor Soma specializes in family policy in East Asia, especially childcare and gender policy in Japan and South Korea from a comparative perspective.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Masataka Suzuki
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Prof. Suzuki obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from Hitotsubashi University in 2011. His main research area is Asset Pricing.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Keiji Ujikawa
【Research Subject】
Professor Ujikawa’s specialization is International Environmental Economy and Political Economy with regard to conservation and industrial development. He teaches ‘Economic Development’ course.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Yoshifumi Ikejima
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Professor Ikejima's fields of research are International Political Economy of Agriculture, urban-rural Relation Analysis, Regional Agriculture Development.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Xinyuan Zhang
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Professor Zhang received her Ph.D. in Economics from University of Tokyo.
Her research focuses on the economic development of China as well as the
development of food economy and agribusinesses in developing countries.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Morinao Iju
Associate Professor
【Research Subject】
Professor Iju teaches 'Public Finance' course and his fields of specialization include public finance and local public finance.

【Special Message for the Future Students】

Features of the Course and Curriculum
11. Features of Graduate School

Comprising the Department of Economics, Business Administration, and International and Business Law, the Graduate School of International Social Sciences (GSISS) provides integrated master’s and doctoral (Ph.D.) programs. The Department of Economics of GSISS has been running MPE, a course with the theme of public policy and taxation, since 1996, accepting mid-career economic officials of the Ministries of Finance of many developing countries. The basic principle of our education is to help the students develop the high level of proficiency in economic analysis required of high ranking officials in economic areas (including econometrics analysis with the use of statistics software) and abilities for judgment and deep insight through a curriculum that encompasses a wide range of topics such as microeconomics, macroeconomics, institutional economics as well as environmental economics. Based on this 21 year old MPE program, this new course for African nations target not only public officials but businesspersons from the private sector as well as young researchers from the academic community of the African region.
After completing the program, students are expected to have following capacities:
(i) Ability to make an economic analysis of the rapidly-changing business environment that surrounds business corporations operating in Africa and in the world;
(ii) Ability to make a microeconomic analysis of corporate behavior in the globalizing market;
(iii) Ability to conduct economic analysis of the national economy as well as ability to write economic white papers or official economic reports of the government;
(iv) Ability to propose economic policies as well as ability to provide for basic economic analysis for policy making;
(v) Ability to conduct international negotiations (using English as a means of communication) as government representatives regarding trade and other international economic issues;
(vi) Ability to make econometrics analysis for business corporations, the government both central and local as well as the civic sector through leading-edge application software;
(vii) Ability to conduct an economic or socio-economic field research in local communities.
(viii) Ability to offer high quality economics education to university students.

12. Features and Curriculum of Program

The Master’s programs in the Department of Economics provide systematic education which organically unites coursework and research by offering lecture courses on fundamental studies of economics as the compulsory core. It provides students with both a broad and specialized knowledge through a flexible curriculum across three departments of the GSISS which combines economics, business administration, and law.

As to the fifth batch who will start their study in 2018, the students will arrive in Japan in mid- or late September of 2018 and start their study in October as Master’s program students without spending any time as Research Students. 


The program helps the students to learn basic theories of microeconomics, macroeconomics, development economics, statistics, econometrics, institutional economics, area studies, trade and economic policy, etc. *Students are required to take 'Mathematics for Economic' in the first semester, so prospective students should be familiar with basic calculus.* The following three features should be noted:
(1) Academic supervising on thesis writing starts from the first year and continues through two years. In the first year, it will be offered in a group teaching style according to which several professors and students meet in the same classroom for seminars on a regular basis. In the second year, one academic supervisor is allocated to each student so that instruction is offered on an individual basis till the last stage of the thesis writing;
(2) Seven or eight sessions of seminar for academic English writing will be given to all students to develop the skill required for high quality thesis writing in the English language;
(3) Special topics lectures will be offered by inviting English speaking excellent lecturers both Japanese and non-Japanese from outside of YNU including those actively working in other developed and developing countries.

※Please note that there are three more economics programs conducted in English outside AEBI: they are IMAP (International M.A. Program), JJ/WBGSP on public policy and taxation and IGS/ILP. For IMAP, please go to the following site: http://www.economics.ynu.ac.jp/igp/ The IGS and ILP are exclusively for the Indonesian government officials.

Supporting Information of the Course
13. Maximum Number of Participants 2 participants
14. Language Used in Program
(1) Lecture: All lectures in this program are offered in English
(2) Text Book: All textbooks to be used are written in English.
(3) Laboratory work:
(4) Seminar: Special seminars with guest speakers are occasionally offered for the English-speaking students. They will be conducted entirely in English. The participants in this program are invited to attend such seminars.
(5) Thesis Guidance:
15. Academic Schedule

2018 October: Entrance Ceremony and Orientation
Beginning of the first semester of the first year
Late December - early January: Winter Recess
2019 February: Term Exam (End of the first semester)
March: Spring Recess
April: Beginning of the second semester
July/early August: Term Exam (End of the second semester)
August: Summer Recess
October: Beginning of the first semester of the second year
Late December - early January: Winter Recess
2020 February: Term Exam (End of the first semester)
April: Beginning of the second semester of the second year
June: Submission of Master’s thesis
July: Term Exam / Thesis Defense
August/September: Graduation Ceremony

Note that the regular Academic year for regular students starts on April 1 and ends on March 31 of the following year and is divided into two semesters:
Spring semester: April 1-September 30
Autumn semester: October 1-March 31 of the following year
For AEBI (ABE Initiative ) scholars, the program starts from Autumn semester rather than from Spring semester.
Please refer to the following Website for Academic calendar of 2017-2018.

16. Website
(1) Graduate School: http://www.gsiss.ynu.ac.jp/english/
(2) University: http://www.ynu.ac.jp/english/index.html
General Information of the University
17. Supporting Service to International Students
International Students Support Center for Consulting or Counseling about Daily Life, Campus Life, Cross-Cultural Adjustment etc.

The International Student Center (ISC) aims to teach Japanese language and culture to international students at Yokohama National University as well as offer a place where Japanese and international students can interact. To achieve these ends, the ISC primarily provides
1) Japanese language and culture education for international students
2) Coordination of the Junior Year Overseas at YNU (JOY) Program
3) Liberal arts education for international and Japanese students
4) Counseling for international students concerning life and study in Japan

Please refer to the website for details:

The YNU Health Center performs emergency treatment for illness and injury for free of charge. 
An orientation is held at the beginning of the semester in April and October for new international students. Various matters are explained at the orientation, such as those that concern international students for their everyday livings (safety, health examinations, insurance, dorm living, application for part-time work permission, events for international students, and more), those related to Japanese-language education, and precautions when completing official procedures on and off campus.

Provision of Student Dormitory

All ABE initiative scholars are preferentially allocated to Ooka International Residence. Ooka International Residence is a quality housing complex for international students, researchers, and faculty and administrative staffs of YNU, aims to promote multicultural exchanges and mutual understanding. It comprises men's dormitory, a women's dormitory with lounges, and other spaces for sharing and interchange. Maximum occupancy is 252 international students, 23 international researchers, 36 faculty and administrative staffs and all rooms are individual rooms, including washbasins, toilets, beds, desks, chairs, lockers, and other amenities. 
Please refer to the websites below.

Japanese Language Education Program for International Students

The International Student Center in our university provides a large variety of Japanese language classes depending on the level of each nonnative student. The classes are divided into six levels from beginner to advanced. The classes are structured around different functions and goals, such as conversation, listening, comprehension, oral presentation, English-Japanese translation, or advanced grammar. Generally, thirty classes are offered each week, and are open to all international students.

For detail please refer to ISC website.

Cultural Activities

There are currently some 927 international students from 70 countries and regions enrolled at YNU. The ratio of international students to Japanese students is one of the highest in Japan. This can be ascribed to an ideal environment for international students to friendly communicate with each other and with Japanese students. YNU supports friendly interaction among international and Japanese students through various programs, such as study tours, culture experience programs, and friendly gatherings.


The International Student Center conducts overnight (two days, one night) home-stay programs. They are scheduled for June and November every year. If you would like to participate in a home-stay program in a distant area, there are long-term home-stay programs held during summer vacation or other holidays in the Hokkaido and Kyushu regions as well as Kanazawa City.

Any Special Attention to Religious Practice

Special care for Muslim students
(Pray spaces, Halal food at cafeteria, chilled refrigerator of Halal food),

Facilities (Library etc)

Please refer to the website for details.

Please State Other Particular Support Service you are Endeavoring, if any.

We can invite students to take part in "Short Visit Programs" which are held for two weeks to three months. During the visit, participants stay at an overseas university to take special lectures made by foreign professors, and to make a presentation of your own study and discuss it among a lot of persons, through which you can progress your study and improve your communication skill.

18.Number of the International Students (As of May 1, 2017)*Asia : Numbers are except for China.
Area Europe USA China Asia M East Africa Others Total
Bachelor 5 6 69 114 2 0 5 201
Master 0 1 256 51 2 15 12 336
Doctor 3 1 52 73 4 13 10 156
Others 19 14 115 67 2 7 10 234
Total 27 22 492 305 10 35 36 927
19. Message to Prospective International Students
Message from University

YNU: Uniquely Qualified to Develop Human Resources for the New Global Age

With the start of the 21st century, the international community entered an era where the growth of emerging economies, such as BRICS and Southeast Asian nations, holds the key to globalization. Latin American and African countries also look poised to enter a period of growth in the near future. Yokohama National University (YNU) calls this era the “new global age.” We are seeking sustainable development for the world and Japan by focusing our attention on emerging economies in Asia and beyond.

To be successful in this new global age requires a thorough understanding of the cultures, religions, and systems of emerging economies. What will be critical in this context is education and research that integrate the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. YNU houses its humanities and social science colleges and its science and engineering colleges on the same campus so the university has great potential to offer education and conduct research suited to the new global age.

In addition, YNU is deeply connected to its local area of Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Yokohama has great potential for innovation while at the same time facing many challenges, including environmental issues and population aging with the decline in the birthrate. Many of these challenges are also shared by other parts of the world. YNU is confident that paying attention to and addressing the issues of Yokohama will in fact develop a global perspective: a unique viewpoint that can simultaneously consider both the local and the global. Harnessing the merits of having a single campus that brings together the humanities and the sciences and is home to many international students from emerging economies, YNU will develop human resources equipped to thrive in the new global age.

Yuichi Hasebe
President, Yokohama National University

Please refer to the website for details.


Voice of International Students

Please refer to the website for details.

20. Overseas Offices, International Academic Exchange Agreements with Overseas Institutions
Overseas Offices Country of Overseas Liaison Office Its Covering Area, Partner Offices
(1) Agreements between Universities
(2) Agreements between Faculties
International Academic Exchange Agreements Please refer to the Website for details.
Please refer to the Website for details.
(1) http://www.ynu.ac.jp/english/international/agreement/univ_list.html
(2) http://www.ynu.ac.jp/english/international/agreement/section_list.html
21. Alumni Association of the International Students
Names The Websites Names The Websites
Please refer to the Website for details. http://www.globalalumni.ynu.ac.jp/english/list/index.html

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