Modes of Training

Our program is composed of various modes of training: lectures, individual supervision, practicum, and field trips. We believe that a mix of different modes of training helps enhance our program by helping students learn by themselves and from each other.

- Lectures: Most courses are given in the form of lectures. Our lecture classes (modules) run with an average of five students – small enough to encourage questions and discussions.

- Individual Supervision: This is an essential training mode for thesis preparation, with required Thesis 1 (A) and (B) courses, as well as optional meetings held outside regular classroom hours by appointment.

- Practicum: The customs practicum features lectures, workshops, and seminars, and involves visits to regional customs, policy implementation/enforcement, examination, and other management issues. The practicum also involves the presentation of a paper and an additional opportunity to attend workshops led by the Japanese Customs Administration teaching staff. AGU houses the WTO Research Center (WRS) for international trade and WTO issues, which was established in 2003 and is located on Aoyama Campus. WRS studies the benefits of trade as it relates to safety, environment, and cost/price issues in the context of the world economy. This center is open to scholars pursuing WTO, FTA/EPA, or other related issues to enhance their research work.

- Field Trips: During the field trips, scholars visit private firms, public offices, and cultural sites to acquire practical knowledge and a feeling for the Japanese economy and society. In the program, we try to present scholars with the contrasting realities of the Japanese economy.

Academic Curriculum and Courses in 2018

The following courses are offered during 2018-2019. Please bear the notes in mind as follows;
1. A minimum of 30 credits is required to graduate.
2. Master's Thesis I (A) & I (B) are compulsory to write the thesis under a supervisor whom students are required to choose from the full-time faculty members (Hiroshi Yasuda / Shozo Kitta / Sean M Hackett / Chie Yorozu) upon respective research themes.
3. Japanese language courses (non-credit) are offered both in Spring and Autumn semesters.

Course Title Credit Semester Instructor
Strategic Management
Competitive Strategy Ⅰ 2 Spring Hiroshi Yasuda
Competitive Strategy Ⅱ 2 Autumn Hiroshi Yasuda
Organizational Management Ⅰ 2 Spring Chie Yorozu
Organizational Management Ⅱ 2 Autumn Chie Yorozu
International Development Strategy Ⅰ 2 Spring Shozo Kitta
International Development Strategy Ⅱ 2 Autumn Atsushi Kato
Multinational Financial Management Ⅰ 2 Autumn Akinori Tomohara
Innovation Management I 2 Spring Sean M Hackett
Innovation Management II 2 Autumn Sean M Hackett
Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual Property Rights Ⅰ 2 Spring Tatsuya Saito/Tomoyuki Kanai/Yuichiro Shinma
Intellectual Property Rights Ⅱ 2 Autumn Tatsuya Saito/Tomoyuki Kanai/Yuichiro Shinma
IPR Enforcement at the Border 2 Spring Kazunori Umekado
Copyright Law 2 Spring Hiroko Yamamoto/Atsushi Okada
Customs Administration
Practicum in Customs Administration 2 Autumn Takashi Matsumoto
Customs Law 2 Spring Hiroshi Imagawa
Customs Tariff Law 2 Spring Hiroshi Imagawa
Customs Reforms & Modernization 2 Autumn Daisuke Nagano/Toru Tanaka
Research Methodology
Master's Thesis Ⅰ (A) *Required 2 Spring Yasuda/Kitta/Hackett/Yorozu
Master's Thesis Ⅰ (B) *Required 2 Autumn Yasuda/Kitta/Hackett/Yorozu
Statistical Analysis 2 Spring Michiko Miyamoto
Academic Writing 2 Spring Saori Schulte
Japanese language No credit Spring & Autumn Yuko Takami

Academic Calendar

2018-2019 Academic Year


April 2
Entrance Ceremony/Academic Orientation/Master Thesis Orientation
April 3-6
Japanese Class/Medical Check-up/Fitness Center Orientation
April 7
Spring Semester Begins
April 16
Course Registration
August 2
Spring Semester Ends
August 3 - September 13
Summer Break


September 14
Autumn Semester Begins
End of September
Interim Presentation
September 29 - October 2
Modifying The Registration of The Second Semester
November 2 - 4
Aoyama Campus Festival
December 25 - January 5
Winter Break
January 6
Autumn Semester Resumes
Submission of Master's Thesis
January 29
Autumn Semester Ends
January 30
Spring Break Begins
February 23
Final Presentation and Defense
March (Tentative)
Farewell Party
March 25
Graduation Ceremony

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