Public Policy Program


Program in brief

Equips public administrators and researchers in the field of policy studies with advanced skills and practical knowledge for policy analysis

  • Program Director: Professor Mikitaka Masuyama
  • Associate Director: Professor Takashi Tsuchiya / Associate Professor Naohiko Hibino
  • Degrees Offered:
    • Ph.D. in Public Policy
    • Ph.D. in Government
    • Ph.D. in Social Systems Analysis
    • Ph.D. in Cultural Policy
  • Scholarship (for International Students):
    • GRIPS Fellowship
    • Japanese Government (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology [MEXT])
  • Language of Instruction: English / Japanese
  • Time Schedule:
    • Program duration…3 years
    • Enrollment…April, October
    • Graduation…March, September
  • How to Apply

The Public Policy Program was launched in 2002. Students in this Program learn to conduct high-level policy research, master the disciplines required for conducting policy research, write academic research papers in social science, teach at institutions of higher education, and improve their proficiency in foreign languages.

Target Group

The program accepts students who have demonstrated high academic capability after completing the Master Program in Public Policy. Those who have completed master’s courses in relevant areas of study at other institutions are also welcome. Such prospective students may enter the program after passing internal examinations given by us, in order to confirm their academic ability.

Program Design

In addition to lectures and seminars, students also have opportunities to participate in more practical research activities while writing their dissertation. For example, they may get involved in on-going research projects at our Policy Research Center or participate in collaborative research with governmental research organizations jointly working with GRIPS.

Within the program, students can belong to diverse fields appropriate to their research interests, such as General, Politics, Economics, Mathematical Analysis, Development, International Development, and Cultural Policy.

Public Policy Program Curriculum 2017/2018 (as of April 2018)
Category Course Title Instructor
Politics Special Seminar for Policy Process Iio
Special Seminar for Japanese Politics Takenaka
International Political Economy Workshop Chey
Strategic Studies Research Methodologies Michishita
International Relations in East Asia Takagi
Japan’s Foreign Policy TBA
Diplomatic History of Modern Japan Kitaoka, Pressello
Scope and Methods of Case Studies Iio
Social Science Methodology for Qualitative Analysis Iio
Social Science Methodology for Quantitative Analysis Masuyama
Security and International Studies Dissertation Seminar TBA
Advanced Internatinal Relations Iwama
Politics and Diplomacy in Postwar Japan Kitaoka, Pressello
Advanced American Foreign Policy TBA
Advanced Political Economy of Modern Japan Tsunekawa
Politics of Global Money and Finance (Advanced) Chey
Advanced Comparative Political Economy Kanchoochat
Advanced International Relations in Europe Iwama
Advanced Development Cooperation Policy TBA
Courses not listed in this table, admitted by each student’s advisory committee. 
Economic Theory Advanced Microeconomics I Ishihara
Advanced Microeconomics II Ishihara
Advanced Microeconomics III Hasegawa
Advanced Microeconomics IV Munro
Advanced Macroeconomics I Porapakkarm
Advanced Macroeconomics II Fujimoto
Advanced Macroeconomics III Hayashi
Advanced Macroeconomics IV Hsu
Advanced Econometrics I Litschig
Advanced Econometrics II Hayashi
Advanced Econometrics III Chen
Advanced Econometrics IV Leon-Gonzalez
Advanced Development Economics Yamauchi
Courses not listed in this table, admitted by each student’s advisory committee. 
Quantitative Analysis Statistical Data Analysis Tsuchiya, Morohosi
Applied Statistics Tsuchiya, Morohosi
Mathematics for Planning TBA
Mathematical Modeling Analysis Oyama, Tsuchiya, Morohosi
Operations Research TBA
Optimization and Simulation TBA
Seminar on Statistical Data Analysis TBA
Seminar on Mathematical Modeling TBA
Seminar on Policy Simulation TBA
Courses not listed in this table, admitted by each student’s advisory committee. 
Development Policy Sociological Research TBA
Special Seminar for Sociology TBA
Advanced Topics in National Development Policy and Infrastructure Investment Morichi
Advanced Design of Infrastructure TBA
Advanced Topics in Transportation Policy and Project Evaluation TBA
Advanced Infrastructure and Regional Development: Lessons from the Past Ieda
Advanced Disaster Management Policies B: from Urban and Community Aspect Sunohara
Courses not listed in this table, admitted by each student’s advisory committee. 
Cultural Policy Advanced Topics in Cultural Capital and Policy Issues Kakiuchi
Advanced Topics in Arts Policy Kakiuchi
Advanced Topics in Cultural Policy TBA
Cultural Policy Research Seminar I TBA
Cultural Policy Research Seminar II TBA
Cultural Policy Research Seminar III TBA
Heritage Policy System in Japan Kakiuchi
International System of Preserving Cultural Heritage TBA
Heritage Policy System in Europe TBA
Heritage for Development Kakiuchi
図書館政策特論 TBA
Courses not listed in this table, admitted by each student’s advisory committee. 


Origin and Affiliation of Students

Country Affiliation
Afghanistan Canadian Program Support Unit
Ethiopia Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) ,Mekelle University
Egypt Cairo University
Indonesia Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
Japan Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry,Japan Science and Technology Agency,British Embassy Tokyo
Sri Lanka Central Bank of Sri Lanka
Thailand Ministry of Finance
Uzbekistan Central Bank of Uzbekistan
Vietnam Foreign Trade University; National Economic University; Ministry of Education and Training; Vietnam Development Forum
Bangladesh Ministry of Planning, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission
Germany Leipzig Graduate School of Management
Bulgaria Ministry of Economy and Energy

Recent Theses

  • Essays on the Status and Determinants of Efficiency and Informality in Manufacturing Firms of Bangladesh
  • Investigating Economic Growth, Trade Issues and Energy Strategies for Central Asian Countries
  • Cluster-Based Industrial Development: the Case of the Electrical Fittings Cluster in Sargodha, Pakistan
  • Transformation of the Rural Economy in the Philippines, 1988-2006
  • Applying Mathematical Modelling Techniques for Improving Japan’s Food Self-Sufficiency Ratio
  • Household Consumption and Resource Allocation in Uzbekistan: Evidence and Policies
  • Monetary Policy & Yield Curve Dynamics: Three Country Perspectives
  • Mathematical Modeling Analyses for Investigating the Future Expansion of the Electric Power System in Indonesia
  • Capital flows in Thailand: Determinants and Policy Effectiveness
  • Essays on New Retirement Income Strategies: Guaranteed Lifetime Withdrawal Benefits, Decision Rules and Time Segmentation
  • An Economic Inquiry into the International Transfer of Managerial Skills: Theory and Evidence from the Ethiopian Manufacturing Sector
  • Hermonizing heritage Tourism and Conservation in the Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia
  • Quantitative Study on Natural Disasters Risk Management Policy – Applying Statistical Data Analysis and Mathematical Modeling Approach -
  • Technical Efficiency and Firm Growth Dynamics in the Ethiopian Manufacturing Sector

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