Policy Making and Social Innovation(PS)

 Cultivating Leaders Embodying the Principle that Knowledge Demands Action

Professor, Program Chairperson

The PS Program primarily aims to cultivate professionals who boldly face problems in society and in organizations, who use the diverse wisdom of the past to produce practical knowledge that leads to solutions, and who will be leaders of society. Nowadays, various factors and systems interact in complicated ways, so businesses and government face challenging problems at every turn.

As an example, when we look at a local community , the aging and declining population have posed serious challenges in the fabric of industry, education, nursing care, and many other areas. In the past, communities could rely on various mutual-aid groups as a means of solving problems. However, these structures based on community ties no longer function and the financial situations of local governments have grown dire. Such communities are now in a trial-and-error stage of searching for strategies to keep them afloat.

It has been said that forging connections between various elements of society and encouraging collaboration and emergence may be the key for community enhancement. But how can we do?

In the PS Program, we believe it is important to go beyond analyzing problems and to approach the solution development by questioning how things should be. We aspire to make full use of various knowledge across multiple disciplines. Fieldwork and, occasionally, action research are recommended to confront problems, and to search concrete measures that will lead to solutions from various angles.

Innovation implies the development and creation of new values by combining social, economic and technological elements. Although modern society has become complex, the spread of Internet and other information technology has directly connected people to each other. It has become increasingly important to think globally and act locally. It is also important to integrate a social and cultural perspective together with technological and economic factors.

We, as innovators, sincerely welcome you to our program. By creating the synergies between research, education, and project implementation, let's make the difference in getting the world back on a healthy path.

Affiliated Academic Projects

  • Public Policy
  • Legal Practice
  • Platform and Innovetion
  • Human service and Community
  • Network Communities 1
  • Network Communities 2
  • Legal Policy on Media and Communications
  • Science and Technology Communication
  • Korean Studies

List of Academic Project

Faculty Members(as of April, 2022)

Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson. " "(Underline) indicates not Graduate School Committee Members.

Name Title Research Interrest(S)
◎AKIYAMA, Miki ProfessorHealth Communication, Community Health, Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Policy.
HASEGAWA, FukuzoAssistant ProfessorAdministrative Law, Public Law
HODA, TakaakiProfessorCorporate Finance, Social Finance, Venture Business, ESG
HOSHIDA, Junya Associate ProfessorHealth Policy, Social Security Policy, Labor Policy
INNAMI, Ichiro ProfessorDecision Making, Negotiation & Organizational Behavior, Health Policy
ISAGAI, Yoshinori ProfessorPlatform Design, Community Innovation, Family Business Management
KOKURYO, Jiro ProfessorManagement Information System
KOTOSAKA, Masahiro Associate ProfessorInternational Business, Strategy, Entrepreneurship
KUWAHARA, Takeo ProfessorMarketing, Consumer Research
MATSUI, Koji ProfessorGovernment Organizations
MIYAGAKI, Gen ProfessorSociology, Economic Sociology, Civil Society, Community, Social Network, Social Capital and Trust
NAKAMURO, Makiko ProfessorEconomics of education
OISO, Hajime Associate ProfessorICT policy
OZAWA, Taro ProfessorPublic Economics (Public Choice), Game Theory (Strategic Studies)
SAITO, Kunifumi Associate ProfessorCivil Law Practice
SHIMIZU, Takumi Associate ProfessorManagement, Organization, Innovation, Technology Management, Computational Social Science
SHIMIZU, Yuichiro ProfessorJapanese Politics, Modern Japanese History, Politics-Administration Relationship, Oral History
SHIMPO, Fumio ProfessorConstitutional Law, Cyber-Law, Robot-Law
SHINOHARA, ShugoAssociate ProfessorLocal Governance, Behavioral Public Administration, Public Management, Research Methodology
SHIOTA, Kotomi Associate ProfessorRehabilitation, Health Science, Physical Education, Adapted Sports, Sports Management, Special Needs Education, Social Work
SHIRAI, Sayuri ProfessorInternational Finance, Macroeconomy, ESG Investment
SUZUKI, Kan Hiroshi ProfessorPolicy Making Process,Governance, Education Policy, Sports Policy,Medical Inovation Policy, Information Policy
TAMAMURA, Masatoshi ProfessorPublic Management, Social Marketing
TOUKAIRIN, Yuko Associate ProfessorLife skill program coaching
UEYAMA, Shinichi ProfessorCorporate Strategy, Public Policy, Public Management, Museum Management, Area Development
WADA, Tatsuma ProfessorInternational Macroeconomics, Econometrics
WATANABE, Yasushi ProfessorAmerican Studies, Cultural Policy, Public Diplomacy, Cultural Anthropology
YANAGIMACHI, Isao ProfessorModern Korean Studies, Business History(Japan and Korea)


Name Title Research Interrest(S)
IBA, Takashi ProfessorArt and Science of Creativity, Pattern Languages, Systems Theory, Science of Complexity
KUNIEDA, Mika Assistant Professorglobal health, wellbeing/me-byo, communication for development, individual and community level behavior change, health behavioral economics, Africa
SHINJO, Atsushi ProfessorAgriculture, Information Policy, Computer Science
WATANABE, Mitsuhiro ProfessorHealth Science, Anti-aging, Metabolic Disease, Naturopathic Medicine, Preventive Medicine

Faculty Profile

Possibilities after Graduation

The Program directs the creative energy of students in solving social/ individual issues and helps them to develop skills to operate new resources such as IT systems, and also promotes human resources who begin venture entrepreneurship. The employment opportunities for graduates are diverse ranging from international organizations, developmental consulting firms, national civil services, regional governments, and private think tanks, to venture capitals, investment advisory groups, banking facilities, journalisms, educational circles, human resource development businesses, career support businesses, and entrepreneurs.