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 approaches to learning and development helps enhance our program by enabling students to learn by themselves, with instructors 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 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 2022

The following courses are offered during 2022-2023. 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 (Jiro Usugami / Sean M Hackett / Chie Yorozu / Yoshiki Nakamura) 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
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 Spring 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 Akihiko Fukuzono/Soichiro Sakami
Research Methodology
Master's Thesis Ⅰ (A) *Required 2 Spring Usugami/Hackett/Yorozu/Nakamura
Master's Thesis Ⅰ (B) *Required 2 Autumn Usugami/Hackett/Yorozu/Nakamura
Statistical Analysis 2 Spring Michiko Miyamoto
Academic Writing 2 Spring Hitomi Ametani
Japanese language No credit Spring & Autumn Mamiko Yamaguchi

Academic Calendar

2022-2023 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 15
Summer Break


September 16
Autumn Semester Begins
September 29
Course Registration of the Second Semester ends
October 1
Interim Presentation
October 28 - October 30
Aoyama Campus Festival
December 24 - January 5
Winter Break
January 6
Autumn Semester Resumes
January 18 - 20
Submission of Master's Thesis
January 31
Autumn Semester Ends
February 1
Spring Break Begins
End of February
Final Presentation and Defense
March 25
Graduation Ceremony

Thesis titles of the academic year 2021-2022 graduates

For your reference, the following is a list of thesis titles during the academic year 2021-2022.

  1. Challenges of protecting trademark infringement at border enforcement and recommendations for improvement: A case of Bangladesh Customs
  2. Is there a relationship between Organizational Autonomy and Organizational Effectiveness? A Cross-national Study of Customs Administrations
  3. Is there a relationship between Self-Efficacy and Work Engagement in Public Sector Organization Employees? A study of Customs Officers
  4. The Impact of Organizational Culture on Innovation: A Case Study of Customs Administration in India
  5. Privatization as a Locomotive for Economic Development in Azerbaijan: A Focus on the Utility Services and Logistics Sector
  6. Succession Planning in the Jamaica Customs Agency: The Impact on Organisational Performance and the Mediating Role of Employee Commitment
  7. Is there a relationship between Managerial “Googleyness” and Employee Motivation? A Test of Google’s Project Oxygen
  8. What is the role of motivational factors on employees’ performance? Monetary factors and employees’ commitment in the case of Botswana Unified Revenue Service
  9. An Analysis of factors affecting poor clearance time for imports in Malawi
  10. The impact of job rotation :Focus on employee emotion and performance related to the specific work environment of Mongolian Customs)

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