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Graduate School of Economics

The Graduate School of Economics aims to train highly qualified professionals with specialized knowledge in economics, business administration, accounting and distribution theory, as well as training researchers with minds rich in creativity. Today, economic activities in most nations are making advancements in software development, service economy development, globalization, and information technology to higher levels. In order to deal with these highly complex economic phenomena, in addition to studying the basics at undergraduate level, it is essential to pursue specialized and applied research at post-graduate level. Post-graduate courses at the Graduate School of Economics pursue fundamental and comprehensive research on various issues related to economics and business administration in a rapidly changing environment resulting from advancing developments in globalization, information and service economy. To this extent, the Graduate School of Economics offers courses on key economics and business administration subjects. Courses selected on similar criteria are also offered in doctoral programs.

Graduate School of Sociology

The Graduate School of Sociology aims to train highly qualified professionals with specialized knowledge in theoretical sociology, social welfare/regional sociology, industrial/tourism sociology and others, as well as training researchers with minds rich in creativity. Japan was said to have developed into an advanced industrial society by the end of the 20th century. However, today, with the arrival of the 21st century, Japan is faced with numerous economic and social issues, such as existence of a large number of non-regular employees (employment issue), together with energy issues, food issues, environmental issues that are entwined with moves towards globalization, that remain unresolved. Consequently, expectations are growing for formulation of new perspectives, that could take into account the structural and social changes taking place internationally and domestically, superseding cognitive models of the past century, and with it, the cultivation of highly trained professionals based on findings from practical research. The Department of Sociology is engaged in research and education mainly in social welfare, regional sociology, industrial sociology, tourism sociology and theoretical sociology.

Graduate School of Distribution and Logistics Systems

The Graduate School of Distribution and Logistics Systems aims to train highly qualified professionals with specialized knowledge in Logistics information, as well as researchers with minds rich in creativity. The School offers post-graduate courses to train professionals with advanced specialized knowledge and capabilities to improve efficiency/sophistication of distribution or effectively implement logistics as well as researchers with creative minds to pioneer and develop distribution information science, an interdisciplinary subject at the extreme cutting edge.
The doctoral courses are aimed at training researchers or educators who can contribute to establishing logistics information science, a new academic framework; intellectual experts with advanced knowledge who are capable of investigating, designing or planning distribution or logistics systems incorporating information network; business persons responsible for state-of-the-art logistics in companies in manufacturing, distribution, logistics or other fields.
While the idea that "having a clearly defined policy on distribution/logistics is essential to society and/or a corporation" is gaining recognition, our Graduate School of Distribution and Logistics Systems remains to be the only graduate school with "Logistics" in its name and for this reason, our foresight is receiving due recognition.

Graduate School of Law

The Graduate School of Law aims to train highly qualified professionals with specialized legal knowledge capable of dealing with various legal issues related to corporate operation or local administration.
The society is in need of persons trained with in-depth knowledge on business laws or local administration related laws who are capable of detecting and solving issues as expert professionals at corporations, local administrative bodies, NPO's or other organizations. Legal compliance is strictly expected of corporate operations in today's society. Consequently, sound structured corporate internal control and corporate governance are also increasing in importance. In the fields of politics/public administration, the wave of administrative reform is reaching local administrative bodies and decentralization of power from central government to local governments is making progress. With this arrival of the age of more extensive local administration, need for local government reform and regional governance in collaboration with citizens is increasing.
The Graduate School of Law aims to train expert professional or researchers with advanced knowledge of laws with progressive legal minds to engage in corporate, local administrative, NPO or other operations as required by the changing social needs.

Graduate School of Health & Sport Sciences

The Graduate School of Health & Sport Sciences aims to train expert professionals with advanced specialized knowledge and skills who can contribute to advancing and promoting lifelong sports and competitive sports in the regions.
Although the Graduate School of Health & Sport Sciences, which is based on the undergraduate Department of Sports Science and Health opened in April of 2006, is yet to show significant accomplishments nor does it possess sufficient resources, the School aims to train sports promotion leaders (persons capable of planning, operation, coaching, etc.), experts professionals specializing in promotion of regional lifelong sports and/or competitive sports, in view of shortage of qualified leaders for nationally promoted Health Japan 21, regional comprehensive sports clubs and at other facilities. Our "expert professional training post-graduate course" is unique to our Graduate School of Health & Sport Sciences and not offered at any of the other universities in Japan.