President’s Desk


Message from the President


The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), a graduate school established in 1997, aims to contribute to the development and advancement of democratic governance both in Japan and abroad through research and education in governmental policy and policy reform. Since its inception as the Graduate School of Policy Science at Saitama University in 1977, GRIPS has conducted policy research relevant to the current affairs of Japan and the world and has provided graduate education in advanced policy studies designed primarily for mid-career administrative and government officials from Japan and overseas, mainly from developing countries. At GRIPS we place particular emphasis on education for our international students; many of our degree programs can be obtained through study entirely in English.


GRIPS endeavors to produce young policy-makers who can tackle problems faced by countries, cities, international organizations, companies, and civil society at large. To that end, graduate education at GRIPS focuses on the fundamentals of policy research as well as practical problem-solving. Students benefit from high-quality instruction in economics, political science, public administration, international relations, engineering, and other subjects. They also have the opportunity to acquire a valuable set of data science skills. Leveraging GRIPS’ location in Japan, we have formed our curriculum around the examination of selected case studies reflecting the experiences of Japan and other Asian countries related to modernization, rapid economic growth, and disaster management.


GRIPS’ current policy on education, research and management is strongly linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. Our curriculum highlights the 17 goals of the SDGs: we work to raise awareness and knowledge of the SDGs amongst our students—many of whom will go on to become future leaders of their countries. I am also keen on encouraging research that will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.


Currently, international students make up 60% of our student population. Even by global standards, we are a particularly international research and education institution. In this environment, international students have the opportunity to engage in friendly competition among themselves and with the people who will lead Japan in the future. On the other hand, our Japanese students have the chance to create bonds with those who will go on to be future leaders in their home countries around the globe.


In this global atmosphere, we particularly welcome Japanese applicants to the English program. We also place strong emphasis on improving the English of the students in the Japanese program, and encourage them to participate in classes conducted in English. We also provide English classes and other learning opportunities at the Center for Professional Communication (CPC). For international students, the CPC provides Japanese classes and other learning opportunities, notably through the center’s programs for rich exposure to elements of Japanese culture.


GRIPS is centrally located in Tokyo and has extensive access to the Japanese government and its agencies and to other major stakeholders. This proximity allows our students to observe important Japanese policymaking action closely as they conduct their research.


In addition to high-quality graduate education, we offer training programs that meet the needs of various stakeholders including the government agencies of a wide array of countries; we also accept funded research that draws on our faculty’s expertise.


The world in the 21st century faces a great number of urgent issues that require action on both national and international scales. These issues, reflected in the SDGs, impact on areas including economic development, security, the environment, population, equality, and technological progress. GRIPS will continue to conduct research addressing these issues, and to nurture policy professionals who are motivated and equipped to take on global challenges.



Akihiko Tanaka


National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies




News from the President’s Office

February  11, 2020

President Tanaka gives lectures in Russia and Kazakhstan

December  20, 2019

GRIPS President Tanaka Meets Ambassador of the United Mexican States

December 18, 2019 Meeting with a delegation from the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations


November 25, 2019

Meeting with the Director-General of Public Service Malaysia

November 16, 2019

President Tanaka Participates in the Kyushu University Open Lecture, “Talking about the future of Asia with Dr. Vogel”

October 24, 2019

GRIPS President Meets Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic

July 12, 2019

GRIPS President Meets Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa

July 3, 2019

GRIPS President Tanaka Meets Ambassador of Republic of Bulgaria

June 25, 2019

Launch of Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction Principles – President Tanaka attends Fourth UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters

March 18, 2019

Meeting with the Ambassador Hemant Krishan Singh, Director General of the Delhi Policy Group, India

February 7, 2019

President Tanaka Meets dean of School of International Relations and Public Administration at the National University of Mongolia

February 1, 2019 President Tanaka gives a lecture in Bulgaria and Romania
December 21, 2018 President Tanaka Visits the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China (Chinese Academy of Governance)
December 4, 2018 President Tanaka Meets Dr. Charles Murigande of Rwanda
November 14, 2018 President Tanaka Meets Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Director
October 29, 2018 GRIPS President Meets University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor and Ambassador of New Zealand
October 15, 2018 GRIPS President Meets Director-General of the Public Service Department (PSD), Malaysia
October 12, 2018 GRIPS President Lectures at Harvard University
August 31, 2018 Exchange of Views with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Murad
July 27, 2018 GRIPS President Meets Ambassador of Republic of Ecuador
July 25, 2018 Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany gave a lecture
June 11, 2018 Meeting with Dr. Wilfrido V. Villacorta 
May 25, 2018 GRIPS President gave a lecture at Nationale d’Administration (ÉNA) 
May 23, 2018 GRIPS President Meets Ambassador of Australia 
May 10, 2018

A Special Lecture at GRIPS by the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs:Our Oceans, Our Future – Ocean Policies and SDGs

April 4, 2018 GRIPS President Meets Ambassador of Belgium 
March 22, 2018 GRIPS President Meets Kazakhstan Deputy Security Council Secretary 
March 20, 2018

GRIPS President Meets Munich Security Conference Chairman

February 21, 2018 GRIPS Meets H.E. Mr. Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria
February 12, 2018 President Tanaka gives a lecture in Brazil, Peru and Columbia
December 4, 2017

Meeting with New Zealand’s Chief Science Advisor

November 14, 2017 GRIPS President Meets the Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo
November 1, 2017 Meeting with the Executive Director of the International Trade Center (ITC)
November 1, 2017

GRIPS President meets with Director of Center For Asia-Latin American Studies, University of Brasilia

October 31, 2017 GRIPS President meets with the Latvian Ambassador
October 25, 2017 GRIPS meets Dr. Begashaw, Director General of The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa
April 3, 2017 Speech at the Academic Council and Board of Officers Meeting, GRIPS – The Future Management of GRIPS





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