Public Finance Program


Program in brief

Trains fiscal leaders in taxation and customs


The Public Finance Program is operated under the full support of the World Bank (WB) as part of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program(JJ/WBGSP), and the World Customs Organization (WCO) as part of the Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Programme.

The major objective of the Public Finance Program is to provide students with the conceptual understanding and technical competence to become leaders in taxation and customs. The program is comprised of two segments: an economics-oriented academic segment common to customs and tax scholars, and a practicum segment which is divided into tax and customs depending on the scholar’s stream. The practicum is provided by Japan’s National Tax College (NTC) for the Tax course students, and by Japan’s Customs Training Institute (CTI) and Customs and Tariff Bureau of the Ministry of Finance for the Customs course students.



Irrespective of the funding source, eligibility for admission to the Public Finance Program consists of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized, accredited university of the highest standard, as well as certifiable good health. Following enrollment, you will be required to take an annual medical examination that is administered by GRIPS. Any false information found in the application documents may be the basis for denial of admission, or, if admitted, dismissal from GRIPS. If poor academic performance or suspension guarantees that the student will be unable to complete the course within the standard term, the provision of the scholarship may be terminated even during the school year.


Please check “Application Guide” and brochure for Customs Course and for Tax Course.


Target Group

Government officials from developing countries worldwide who are currently working in tax or customs administration or equivalent departments, with at least 2-years for the Customs course and 3-years for the Tax course of working experience in the relevant field.


Program Design

The academic segment of the program provides rigorous economics-oriented training aimed at developing an understanding of the theoretical, empirical, and institutional aspects of tax and customs policy implementation and administration in the context of developing countries’ economic and social development. A practicum at the National Tax Administration or the Customs Training Institute provides an opportunity for students to enhance their learning with hands-on experience in a tax/customs-related work environment and to integrate this experience with their formal education.


Public Finance Program Curriculum 2015/2016

(as of October 2015)
Category Course Name Instructor
I Required Courses International Taxation of Japan Uehara
Practicum at the National Tax Agency  
Customs Law Nagase
Practicum in Customs Administration I Nagase
Practicum in Customs Administration II Nagase
Practicum in Customs Administration III TBA
Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement at Border TBA
Microeconomics I Xing
Theory of Public Finance Ihori
Workshop in Public Finance Ihori
Introduction to Public Policy Studies Horie, Petchko
II Highly Recommended Elective Courses Macroeconomics I Porapakkam
Microeconomics II Xing
Government and Market Hasegawa
Macroeconomics II Fujimoto
Introduction to Applied Econometrics Wie
Economics of Tax Policy Hasegawa
Local Public Finance Kook
Reform of Economic Policy in Japan Ota
International Trade Hsu
Development Economics Estudillo
Human Resources Management Watanabe
III Elective Courses Monetary Economics (Money and Banking) Fujimoto
Finance and Economic Growth TBA
Applied Time Series Analysis for Macroeconomics Baak
Poverty Alleviation Estudillo
Strategy for Economic Development Otsuka
Trade and Industrial Development Sonobe
Game Theory Ishihara
Mathematics for Economic Analysis Munro
Public Economics Yamauchi
Labor Economics TBA
Economics of Education and Labor TBA
Economics of Law Hatanaka
Urban Development and Real Estate Policy TBA
International Finance Xing
Empirics of Macroeconomic Policies and International Finance TBA
Environmental Economics Munro
Resource and Energy Economics Tanaka Makoto
Japanese Economy Nakamura Akihiro
Japanese Financial System Rhodes
Econometrics/ Quantitative Methods Arai
Time Series Analysis Ikeda
Economic Development of Japan

Ohno Kenichi

For qualified students only Advanced Econometrics I Arai
Advanced Econometrics II Arai
  International Relations Iwama
International Political Economy Chey
Structure and Process of Government Horie
Economic Analysis of Urban and Regional Policy TBA
Politics of Global Money and Finance Chey
Introduction to Quantitative Methods Oyama, Morohosi
Accounting and Financial Management I Lee
Global Governance: Leadership and Negotiation TBA
Fiscal and Monetary Policies in Japan Uda, Morinobu
Public Expenditure Management Tanaka Hideaki
Local Government Finance Takada
Selected Topics in Policy Studies I – IV
Courses not listed in this table
X Others Language courses offered by the Center for Professional Communication  

Career Destinations

Graduates from this program are expected to return to their host organizations to become fiscal leaders in taxation and customs. In fact, more than 96% of the graduates are still working at the tax and customs bureau in their home countries. To give a few examples of their current positions:


Tax Course

  • Directorate General of Taxes, Ministry of Finance (Indonesia, 2001)
  • Assistant Director, Zambia Revenue Authority (Zambia, 1999)
  • Executive Director, National Statistics Office (Georgia, 2003)
  • Deputy Director, State Tax Bureau of Shantou Bonded Zone, Guangdong Province (China, 2005)
  • Principal Assistant Director, Inland Revenue Board Malaysia (Malaysia, 2011)
  • Deputy Commissioner, Department of Revenue & Customs(Bhutan, 2011)

Customs Course

  • Aditional Commissioner of Customs, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance (2001, India)
  • Assistant to Director General, Customs and Excise Department (Cambodia, 2003)
  • Assistant Commissioner, Customs Services Division, Zambia Revenue Authority (Zambia, 2005)
  • Deputy Commissioner, Department of Revenue and Customs, Ministry of Finance (Bhutan, 2008)
  • Joint Commissioner, Bangladesh Customs, National Board of Revenue (Bangladesh, 2010)
  • Additional Commissioner of Customs, WCO Cell, Central Board of Excise and Customs, Ministry of Finance (India, 2012)


Origin and Affiliation of Current Students (2015-2016)

Country Typical Affiliation
Tax Course
Cambodia General Department of Taxation
China Wuhan Municipal Office of State Administration of Taxation
Indonesia Directorate General of Taxes
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Revenue Authority
Customs Course
Kazakhstan Committee of State Revenues of the Ministry of Finance
Kenya Kenya Revenue Authority
Ghana Ghana Revenue Authority
Mauritius Mauritius Revenue Authority
Mongolia Customs General Administration of Mongolia
Tanzania Tanzania Revenue Authority
Thailand Thai Customs Department
Vietnam General Department of Vietnam Customs
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Revenue Authority
Japan Tokyo Customs

Recent Theses

  • “Trade Facilitation and Economic Development Through Port Privatization: The Case of Liberia”
  • “The effect of tax administration reform on tax revenue”
  • “Determinants of Tax Compliance in Bhutan”
  • “The Impact of Intellectual Property Rights on Economic Growth of Developing Countries in the Post-TRIPS Era: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa”
  • “How Can International Trade Facilitation and Commercial Diplomacy Contribute in Each Other and What is the Role of the World Customs Organization in this Process? “
  • “Impact of Fiscal Policy on Economic Growth: Evidence from Sri Lanka”
  • “The Effect of Change in Personal Income Tax Rates on Labor Supply in Indonesia”
  • “Dividend Taxation and Corporations’ Payout Policies-Evidence from the 2013 Dividend Taxation Reform in China”
  • “Test of Okun’s law for 10 Southern African Countries”
  • “The implementation and Impacts of World Trade Organization (WTO) Customs Valuation Agreement on Import Revenue Collection”
  • “The Effect of Post Clearance Audit on Import Revenue Collection in Nepal.”
  • “The Effects of Tariff Rates on Skill Intensity”
  • “Successful Factors in Implementation of National Single Window:The Case of Cambodia”
  • “WTO Customs Valuation Agreement:The potential contribution of compulsory additions on revenue collection in the Philippines”
  • “What is the effect of tax rates on tax evasion in Ecuador?”


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