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 2021

The following courses are offered during 2021-2022. 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 / Jiro Usugami / 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 Takao Nomakuchi
Competitive Strategy Ⅱ 2 Autumn Takao Nomakuchi
Management Ⅰ 2 Spring Jiro Usugami
Management Ⅱ 2 Autumn Jiro Usugami
Organizational Management Ⅰ 2 Spring Chie Yorozu
Organizational Management Ⅱ 2 Autumn Chie Yorozu
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 Koji Sato
Copyright Law 2 Autumn Hiroko Yamamoto/Atsushi Okada
Customs Administration
Practicum in Customs Administration 2 Spring Takashi Matsumoto
Customs Law 2 Spring Hiroshi Imagawa
Customs Tariff Law 2 Spring Hiroshi Imagawa
Customs Reforms & Modernization 2 Autumn Kazushige Saito/Saori Nojima
Research Methodology
Master's Thesis Ⅰ (A) *Required 2 Spring Yasuda/Usugami/Hackett/Yorozu
Master's Thesis Ⅰ (B) *Required 2 Autumn Yasuda/Usugami/Hackett/Yorozu
Statistical Analysis 2 Spring Michiko Miyamoto
Academic Writing 2 Spring Hitomi Ametani
Japanese language No credit Spring & Autumn Yuko Takami

Academic Calendar

2021-2022 Academic Year


April 1
Entrance Ceremony Academic Orientation/Master Thesis Orientation
Medical Check-up
April 5
Spring Semester Begins
April 15
Course Registration of the First Semester ends
August 1
Spring Semester Ends
August 2 - September 16
Summer Break


September 17
Autumn Semester Begins
September 30
Course Registration of the Second Semester ends
Early October
Interim Presentation
October 29 - October 31
Aoyama Campus Festival
December 24 - January 5
Winter Break
January 6
Autumn Semester Resumes
January 10 (TBA)
Submission of Master's Thesis
February 1
Autumn Semester Ends
February 2
Spring Break Begins
End of February
Final Presentation and Defense
March 26
Graduation Ceremony

Thesis titles of the academic year 2020-2021 graduates

For your reference, the following is a list of thesis titles during the academic year 2020-2021.

  1. Does the Level of Automation of Workflow Automation Systems Influence Organizational Effectiveness?
    A study drawing from cross-national data from Customs Organizations
  2. Investigating the Impact of Organizational Changes on Employee’s Motivation and Commitment:
    The case of Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) under Operations Division
  3. Innovation Implementation Effectiveness: The Role of Institutions and Organisational Independency. A Worldwide Customs Administrations Study
  4. The Effect of Strategic Management on Organizational performance: The case of Ethiopian Customs
  5. Assessing Benefits of Succession Planning and Gaps in Knowledge Sharing in Customs & Excise Department, Gambia Revenue Authority
  7. An Analysis of the Trade Logistics bottlenecks and its impact on Trade Facilitation of a country:
    A Case Study on Imports Sector of Sri Lanka
  8. Influence of Succession Planning on Knowledge Sharing: A Case of the Sagamihara City Hall
  9. Is Public Service Motivation (PSM) affected by job rotation?:
    A case study of the Customs Department, Thailand
  10. The Role of Organizational Culture and Control Practices in Mitigating Unethical Employee Behavior. Case Study: Uganda Revenue Authority

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