Policy Making and Social Innovation(PS)

 Cultivating Leaders Embodying the Principle that Knowledge Demands Action

Professor, Program Chairperson

The PS program primarily focuses on cultivating professionals who boldly face various social issues, produce practical knowledge that leads to solutions, and who will become leaders of society.

Many of today's social issues are complex and intertwined with various factors which cannot be solved by conventional sectoral policies or single sectors such as businesses and government. For example, in communities where the aging and declining population has posed serious challenges, once mutual support systems based on local kinship have become dysfunctional, as the financial situations of local governments have become dire due to the declining population. In such an environment, the design of sustainable and effective social systems, along with the flexible operation of institutions, services, etc. are being sought to realize people's well-being.

The members of this program aspire to go beyond mere analysis to take a solution-oriented approach, making full use of various knowledge across multiple disciplines through fieldwork, and occasionally, action research to confront problems, searching for concrete measures that will lead to solutions from various angles. The keyword "innovation" implies the creation of previously unknown values, and change through the combination of various elements, such as social and economic systems, as well as technologies.

With the rapid development of ICT, our current world has become more connected, resulting in an increase in diversity and complexity. Along with local solutions, a global perspective as well as social and cultural perspectives, accompanied by economic and technological factors are expected to be required in the future.

To those who aspire to become social leaders and innovators, let us work together to create synergies between research, education, and project implementation, and start a wave of positivity that spreads from SFC, reaching the world.

Affiliated Academic Projects

  • Human service and Community
  • Korean Studies
  • Legal Policy on Media and Communications
  • Legal Practice
  • Network Communities1
  • Network Communities2
  • Platform and Innovation
  • Public Policy
  • Science and Technology Communication

List of Academic Project

Faculty Members(as of September, 2023)

Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson.

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
INNAMI, Ichiro ProfessorDecision Making, Negotiation & Organizational Behavior, Health Policy
ISAGAI, Yoshinori ProfessorPlatform Design, Community Innovation, Family Business Management
KIHARA, TateAssistant ProfessorDemography, Sociology, International Migration
KOKURYO, Jiro ProfessorManagement Information System
KOTOSAKA, Masahiro Associate ProfessorInternational Business, Strategy, Entrepreneurship
KUNIEDA, Mika Assistant Professorglobal health, wellbeing/me-byo, communication for development, individual and community level behavior change, health behavioral economics, Africa
KURIHRA, WataruAssociate ProfessorInformation and Communications Policy
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
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
SHIRAI, Sayuri ProfessorInternational Finance, Macroeconomy, ESG Investment
TAKAHASHI, Yuko Associate ProfessorLabor law, Labour policies, Gender in work and family
TAMAMURA, Masatoshi ProfessorPublic Management, Social Marketing
TOUKAIRIN, Yuko Associate ProfessorLife skill program coaching
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)
YOSHII, HirokazuAssociate ProfessorCareer Design, Talent Management, Administrative Reform, Public Policy


Name Title Research Interrest(S)
IBA, Takashi ProfessorStudies on Creation Practices (Pattern Language), Philosophy of Creation (Natural Deep Creation, Creative Systems Theory), Future Sociology (Creative Society)
SHIMAZU, Akihito Professor Psychology,Behavioral science,Health science, Occupational health,Mental health.
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.