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Message from the Dean

Join Us in YNU Economics!

The history of the Department of Economics at Yokohama National University dates back to 1923 when it was first established as the Yokohama Higher School of Commerce. Throughout its more than 90-year history, a rich diversity of international education and research in economics has evolved due in part to the strong influence of the nearby Port of Yokohama, which played an instrumental role in supporting the modernization of Japan during the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Such conditions have allowed our school to provide high-quality education in economics with a balance of theoretical research and empirical study. The demonstrative result of this is the fact that many excellent graduates of the Department of Economics have gone on to become successful leaders in business, government and academia in Japan and other Asian countries. The Department of Economics and the Graduate School of International Social Sciences in YNU today offer Bachelor, Master as well as Doctoral degrees in Economics. A wide range of courses are open to students, from freshman seminars to Ph.D. workshops, all within our lush green campus.

The impetus for our programs in Economics has come from the current state of the global economy; specifically, economic interdependence has significantly deepened in the global economy through increasing trade and investment. Regional economic integration has spread from East Asia to Southeast Asia, and further policy cooperation has been attempted regionally. However, a recent resurgence of protectionism, such as the British exit from the European Union and U.S.-China trade friction, discourages the expansion of international trade and investment, reducing the economic benefits of globalization. These challenging times require a sufficient supply of well-educated business leaders, government officials and researchers with a high-level of expertise in economics.

The Department of Economics is a vibrant collection of distinguished scholars with a dedication to education. Many of our faculty members have received awards and served as consultants guiding economic policies. Their research activities span a wide variety of fields, from microeconomic theory, econometrics, economic history, international economics and the study of developing economies.

I sincerely hope that many highly-motivated students will join us in YNU’s Department of Economics.


Kiyotaka SATO, Ph.D.
Dean, Department of Economics

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