» Message from the Dean

Yosuke Okada

Dean, Graduate School of Economics & Faculty of Economics



The economy and society of Japan is currently being confronted with various pressing issues. The country’s aging society is a threat to the sustainability of social security, while its declining labor force with stagnant productivity remains a nagging concern for many industries. Along with advances in IT and AI, digitized markets are increasingly monopolized and many people are worried about the widening inequality between rich and poor. An insecure information network and diluted privacy threaten the liberal values of our society. The spread of narrow-minded populism and related intolerance is further complicated by urgent international problems such as global warming, environmental pollution, trade conflicts, and ethnic confrontation.


Hitotsubashi University has thus far fostered numerous leaders in Japan’s socioeconomic sphere. However, what is a global leader in the contemporary world? Such a person needs to understand complicated situations and explore appropriate solutions, which requires an ability to blend broad knowledge and deep expertise. Furthermore, in order to realize a specific real-world solution, one needs a strong motivation and a tenacious ability to reach consensuses among people with very different languages, institutions, laws, and opinions. It is an important mission of our university to develop skilled professionals who are capable of assuming roles of leadership in helping reach the kind of collective decisions that facilitate a better international economy and society.


Since 2013, the Faculty of Economics at Hitotsubashi University has implemented the Global Leaders Program (GLP) which aims to cultivate global leaders able to combine expert knowledge in economics with advanced communication skills in English, as well as in Japanese. Our program offers various kinds of support to its member students who take many courses in English, such as Language for Economics, Introductory Seminars, and a variety of specialized subjects in economics. Selected students can participate in a short-term international field study in Asian and European countries. Furthermore, high-achieving students are offered longer-term study-abroad opportunities. Last but not least, our globally oriented faculty with rich foreign experience are here to give their wholehearted support to our GLP students.


We shall be delighted to lend our full assistance to future enrollees who will hopefully go on to become professional leaders contributing to tomorrow’s global economy and society.




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