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

  • Science and Technology Communication
  • 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

List of Academic Project

Faculty Members(as of October, 2021)

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

Name Title Research Interrest(S)
Fukuzo HASEGAWA Assistant Professor Administrative Law, Public Law
Fumio SHIMPO Professor Constitutional Law, Cyber-Law, Robot-Law
Gen MIYAGAKI Professor Sociology, Economic Sociology, Civil Society, Community, Social Network, Social Capital and Trust
Hajime OISO Associate Professor ICT policy
Ichiro INNAMI Professor Decision Making, Negotiation & Organizational Behavior, Health Policy
Isao YANAGIMACHI Professor Modern Korea Studies,Business History(Japan and Korea)
Jiro KOKURYO Professor Management Information System
Junya HOSHIDA Associate Professor Health Policy,Social Security Policy,Labor Policy
Kan Hiroshi SUZUKI Professor Policy Making Process, Education Policy, Sports Policy, Medical Inovation Policy, Information Policy, Science and Technology Policy, Caltural Policy
Koji MATSUI Professor Government Organizations
Kotomi SHIOTA Associate Professor Rehabilitation,Health Science,Physical Education,Adapted Sports,Sports Management,Special Needs Education,Social Work
Kunifumi SAITO Associate Professor New Types of Jurisprudence, Technological Innovation in Financial Services
Makiko NAKAMURO Professor Economics of education
Masahiro KOTOSAKA Associate Professor International Business, Strategy, 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,Money
Shinichi UEYAMA Professor Corporate Strategy, Public Policy, Public Management, Museum Management, Area Development
Shugo SHINOHARA Associate Professor Local Governance, Behavioral Public Administration, Public Management, Research Methodology
Takeo KUWAHARA Professor Marketing, Consumer Research
Takumi SHIMIZU Associate Professor Management, Organization, Innovation, Technology Management, Computational Social Science
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
Yuichiro SHIMIZU Professor Japanese Politics, Modern Japanese History, Politics-Administration Relationship, Oral History
Yuko TOUKAIRIN Associate Professor Life skill program coaching


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

Faculty Profile(K-RIS)

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.