Policy Making and Social Innovation(PS)


 Isao Yanagimachi 
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, let us consider the field of community development.

In community development fields, the aging of the population and the exodus to the cities have created serious tears 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.

From the viewpoint of management, for example, forging connections between various elements of society and encouraging collaboration and emergence have recently come to be seen as the 'silver bullet' for community development. So what should we do to bring this about?

In the PS Program, we believe it is important to go beyond analyzing problems and to always keep questioning and searching for how things should be. In addition, we aspire to make full use of various knowledge, to use thorough fieldwork and, occasionally, action research in sincerely confronting problems, and to search from various angles for concrete measures that will lead to solutions.

Innovation implies the development of new problem solving methodologies by combining social and, economic systems with technology. Although modern society has become complex, the spread of Internet and other information technology has directly connected people to each other.

In modern society it has become increasingly important to possess a global perspective and find local solutions to problems. The need for a social and cultural perspective together with an understanding of technical and economic factors is of utmost importance.

We sincerely hope that we, too, as innovators and through the synergetic effects of research, education, and the implementation of projects, can work together with students, so that SFC can make the difference in getting the world back on a healthy path.

Affiliated Academic Projects

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

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Faculty Members(as of October, 2019)

Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson.

Name Title Research Interrest(S)
David J. Freedman Professor Poetry/Literary Theory: Children's Literature,Queer Studies
Fumio Shimpo Professor Constitutional Law, Cyber-Law, Robot-Law
Gen Miyagaki Professor Sociology, Economic Sociology, Civil Society, Community, Social Network, Social Capital and Trust
Ichiro Innami Professor Decision Making, Negotiation & Organizational Behavior, Health Policy
Isao Yanagimachi Professor Modern Korea,East Asia East Asia Business, Cartel History(Japan and Korea)
Jiro Kokuryo Professor Management Information System
Kan Hiroshi SUZUKI Professor Policy Making Process,Governance, Education Policy, Sports Policy,Medical Inovation Policy, Information Policy
Koji Matsui Professor Government Organizations
Kunifumi Saito Assistant Professor New Types of Jurisprudence, Technological Innovation in Financial Services
Makiko Nakamuro Professor Economics of education
Mamiko Chiya Associate Professor Labor Law, Labor Policy, Gender Policy
Masaaki Kataoka Professor Local Government, Data Science
Masahiro Kotosaka Associate Professor International Business, Internationalization Strategy, International Entrepreneurship
Masatoshi Tamamura Professor Public Management, Social Marketing
Miki Akiyama Professor Health Communication, Community Health, Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Policy.
Sayuri Shirai Professor Monetary Policy, International Finance, Japanese Economy, Global Economy
Shingo Yamaguchi Associate Professor Information and communication policy, Radio policy, AI policy, Digital TV system, ICT system exporting strategy, Disaster management ICT system, Technical regulation and certification system
Shinichi Ueyama Professor Corporate Strategy, Public Policy, Public Management, Museum Management, Area Development
Takeo Kuwahara Professor Marketing, Consumer Research
Taro Ozawa Professor Public Economics (Public Choice), Game Theory (Strategic Studies)
Tatsuma Wada Professor International Finance, Econometrics, Macroeconomics
Yasushi WATANABE Professor American Studies, Cultural Policy, Public Diplomacy, Cultural Anthropology
Yoshinori Isagai Professor Platform Design, Community Innovation, Family Business Management, Management Information System, Community Informatics
Yuichiro Shimizu Professor Japanese Politics, Modern Japanese History, Politics-Administration Relationship, Oral History
Yuko Toukairin Associate Professor Life skill program coaching

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.