Graduate School of International Politics, Economics and Communication

Academic Principles & Scheme

At the Graduate School of International Politics, Economics and Communication, we nurture individuals who are able to contribute to international society. Students tackle problems and issues in international society through the three research areas of international politics, international economics, and international communication, as well as through an interdisciplinary program, which is a combination of these areas. The Graduate School of International Politics, Economics and Communication provides a program which comprises one of the most systematized curriculum among Japanese graduate schools that provide studies on international research.

Department of International Politics

Academic Excellence

The Department of International Politics provides two courses. The first is the Foreign Affairs/Security Course, in which students can learn about international politics through such fields as international security, area studies, history of foreign affairs, and international law. The second is the Global Governance Course, which aims to nurture individuals who can succeed in the international arena and are equipped with the knowledge to address global issues, such as the global environment. For the Foreign Affairs/Security Course, students are instructed by a wide variety of faculty, such as those who have gained work experience, researchers, and theorists. For the Global Governance Course, there are numerous courses on topics such as international systems, international organizations, the global environment and NGOs, as well as courses on the relationship between international politics and international finance and trade.


Name [Academic Degree] Area of Expertise
ABE, Tatsuya [Doctor (Laws)] International Law
HABA, Kumiko [Doctor of Philosophy(International Relations)] International Relations, Theory of Regional Integration, Comparative Politics; Europe, the USA, and Asia
KIKUCHI, Tsutomu [Doctor (Laws)] Research on Asia-Pacific Region
KOJIMA, Toshiro Global Environmental Politics
MIKURIYA, Takashi [Doctor (Academic)] Political Science, Political History
OSHIBA, Ryo [Ph.D. of Political Science] International Relations, International Organizations
OSHIMURA, Takashi [Doctor (Politics)] Politics and Political Thought, Philosophy of International Relations
TAKEDA, Okiyoshi [Doctor (Politics)] American Politics
TSUCHIYAMA, Jitsuo [Doctor (International Politics)] International Politics, International Security
YAMAKAGE, Susumu [Doctor (International Politics)] International Politics, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

Associate Professors
Name [Academic Degree] Area of Expertise
BOYD, J.P. [Ph.D. (Politics)] Comparative Government, International Relations
KURAMATSU, Tadashi [Masters (Politics and Diplomatic Studies)] Diplomatic History
LIM, Jaehwan [Doctor (Laws)] Contemporary Chinese Politics
WADA, Hironori [Doctor (Laws)] Political Economy

Assistant Professor
Name [Academic Degree] Area of Expertise
ITOU, Takehito [Doctor (International Politics)] Political Studies (particularly policy decision-making theory)

Department of International Economics

Academic Excellence

In the Department of International Economics, students master both theoretical and practical analytical skills for understanding issues in international economics, and come to systematically understand related fields of study. The courses provided are (1) economic theories/statistics, (2) international trade/finance, and (3) economic development (including the environment). Furthermore, we not only provide courses on international economics in general, but also on the Japanese economy, emerging economies, and the economies of the Korean Peninsula, China, and other Asian nations.


Name [Academic Degree] Area of Expertise
HONDA, Shigemi [Master (Economics)] Macroeconomics and Labor Economics
KAJISA, Kei [Doctor (Agricultural Economics)] Development Economics
KIMURA, Mitsuhiko [Doctor (Economics)] Economic and Political History in East Asia
NAKAGAWA, Hironobu [Doctor (Economics)] International Finance and Macroeconomics
OHNO, Akihiko [Doctor (Economics)] Asian Economics (especially labor management and rural industry)
OKAMURA, Minoru [Master (Economics)] Microeconomics
SEMBA, Kenichi [Master (Economics)] Macroeconomics
SHIRAKAWA, Masaaki [M.A., Ph.D. candidate] Central Bank Theory and Finance Policy
TAKETA, Kenshi [Doctor (Economics)] International Monetary Economics
TOMOHARA, Akinori [Ph.D.(Economics)] International Economics
UCHIDA, Tatsuya [Doctor (International Economics)] Industrial Organization
UCHIYAMA, Yoshihide [Doctor (International Economics)] Trade Theory

Associate Professors
Name [Academic Degree] Area of Expertise
IIZAKA, Hitomi [Doctor (Economics)] International Economics
SEO, Kami [Doctor (Urban/Regional Plan)] Environmental Economics
TSURUTA, Yoshitaka [Doctor of Social Economics] Industrial Organization Theory, Competition Policy Theory, Applied Econometrics

Department of International Communication

Academic Excellence

The educational/research program of the Department of International Communication consists of three areas: (1) local culture/comparative culture, (2) linguistics, and (3) communication studies. Furthermore, each of these areas is linked to the other two, enabling interdisciplinary and multifaceted learning. Faculty help students conduct unique research through seminars.


Name [Academic Degree] Area of Expertise
CHEN, Jidong [Ph.D] Modern Chinese Thought and Religion
EVANOFF, Richard J. [Ph.D.] Intercultural Ethics
HASHIMOTO, Hidemi [Doctor (Literature)] Chinese Philology (Especially Confucianism Philology)
IKAWA, Hajime [Ph.D.] Theoretical Linguistics
KAKAI, Hisako [Ph.D.] Multicultural Psychology, Intercultural Communication
KANO, Yoshiki [Master of Arts] English Literature
KOKUBU, Toshihiro [Ph.D.] Comparative Culture, French Literature
OKUBO, Michiko [Ph.D.] Spanish Literature, Drama, and Thought; Comparative Drama
PODALKO, Petr. [Doctor (Linguistic Culture)] History of Russo-Japanese Relations
SARUHASHI, Junko [Ph.D.] Sociolinguistics
SUEDA, Kiyoko [Ph.D.] Communication Studies (Interpersonal & Intercultural Communication)
TANABE, Masami [Master of Arts] Cognitive Linguistics (Cognitive Grammar, Cognitive Semantics), English Phonetics
TASAKI, Katsuya [Ph.D.] Cross-Cultural Psychology, Intercultural Communication, Psychometrics
WATANABE, Chiaki [Ph.D.] Modern Spanish History

Associate Professors
Name [Academic Degree] Area of Expertise
KATSUMATA, Eriko [Doctor of Education] English Teaching Studies
SHERRILL, Micheal John [Doctor of Philosophy] Christian Theology (particularly evangelism and missionary work)

Assistant Professor
Name [Academic Degree] Area of Expertise
TORITSUKA, Ayuchi [Master (Literature)] Cultural Anthropology, Andean Area Studies