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Message from Chair

In accordance with the revamping of Yokohama National University's Initiative for Global Arts and Science, in 2013, the Department of Economics launched the International M.A. and Ph.D. Programs to prepare a competitive intake of selected international applicants for success in careers in academia, business, and government.

The impetus for the all-English Graduate Programs in Economics has come from the current state of the global economy; specifically, economic interdependence has significantly deepened in the global economy through increasing trade and investment. Regional economic integration has spread from East Asia to Southeast Asia, and further policy cooperation has been attempted regionally. However, a recent resurgence of protectionism, such as the British exit from the European Union and U.S.-China trade friction, discourages the expansion of international trade and investment, reducing the economic benefits of globalization. These challenging times require a sufficient supply of well-educated business leaders, government officials and researchers with a high-level of expertise in economics.

The history of the Economics Department at Yokohama National University dates back to 1923 when it was first established as the Yokohama Higher School of Commerce. Throughout its more than 90-year history, a rich diversity of international education and research in economics has evolved due in part to the strong influence of the nearby Port of Yokohama, which played an instrumental role in supporting the modernization of Japan during the Meiji Period (1868-1912). The above conditions have allowed our school to provide high-quality education in economics with a balance of theoretical research and empirical study. The demonstrative result of this is the fact that many excellent alumni/alumnae who have graduated from our school or completed the graduate course of the Department of Economics have gone on to become successful leaders in business, government and academia in Japan and other Asian countries.

All coursework, research and administrative activities pertaining to the International M.A. and Ph.D. Programs are conducted in the English language - from entrance screening, lectures and seminars, qualifying exams, thesis writing to the final defense. Additionally, the admissions and selection process may be conducted anywhere in the world through our online system.

Students in the program are awarded the opportunity to learn from the Department’s exceptional faculty members, many of whom completed their graduate studies at internationally-acclaimed Japanese or overseas universities. Faculty research interests cover a broad range of important subfields in economics providing invaluable exposure to the vastness of academic research for students enrolled in the program.

It is my sincere hope that students in the program will not only excel in their studies and research but also share in wonderful collegial fellowship and receive a warm, heartfelt experience in Japan.


Kiyotaka SATO
Chair, Department of Economics,
Yokohama National University


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