Graduate School of Regional Business and Economics

Philosophy and Aims

 The Department of Regional Business and Economics in the Graduate School of Regional Business and Economics was established in 1998 with the philosophical aim of refining the spirit of entrepreneurship which can create new possibilities in the areas of economics and commercial science. Specifically, the department was established in order to train businesspersons, researchers, and educators who can play an active role in the local community, by forming a base that combines the functions of human resource development and research, with the following goals: (1) to train highly specialized professionals who can bring their expertise and comprehensive knowledge to fruition in the real world, and who can become the driving force behind local industrial development; and (2) to further promote research activities based on organic cooperation in the fields of economics, business administration, marketing, accounting, and information science. Consequently, the graduate school offers an interdisciplinary curriculum with the primary goal of training professionals who can perform as specialists in business and government.

Department of Regional Business and Economics

Regional Socio-Economic Systems
Today’s socio-economic system in Japan requires great change. The Division of Regional Socio-Economic Systems aims to understand the local community as a total system from the perspective of local decentralization, sovereignty, and autonomy, in order to thoroughly understand the construction of the local socio-economic system.

Industrial Organization
The Division of Industrial Organization focuses on theoretical, empirical, and policy-related research with the goal of providing students with insights and practical skills related to changes in the socio-economic system and trends in industrial organization.

Okinawan Economics
The Division of Okinawan Economics focuses on theoretical and empirical research on Okinawa’s economy, which has a unique history and socio-economic structure quite different from the rest of Japan. By pursuing such research, students learn about methods of economic analysis and acquire economic reasoning skills.

Environmental Economics
The Division of Environmental Economics investigates the possibilities of sustainable economic development that eases the tension between the environment and the economy— that is, the trade-off that arises when one is sacrificed to give priority to the other. As part of that investigation, students learn about the assessment of environmental economic value, including techniques, basic theories, and surveys.

Applied Econometrics
The Divis ion of Applied Economet r ics concentrates on research on the analyses of economics and social information using the methods of econometrics and various techniques of statistical analysis, with the goal of finding applications to the real world. The division aims to train students to acquire and strengthen the ability to provide logical analysis and to present the grounds for decision-making, two skills required in the business workplace.

Community Development
A community is an area of homogeneity or that shares similar social phenomena and current events. In analyzing the local Okinawa community, the analysis needs to be extended to Asia and the world. In the Division of Community Development, students scientifically analyze economic and social trends from the perspective of the local community, in order to discover underlying principles and to strengthen their insights and practical skills.

The Division of Marketing focuses on empirical research on tourism businesses, area marketing, local branding, and local consumer behavior. The division helps students acquire the knowledge and analytical ability needed to analyze the local market, from local and international perspectives.

Comparative Management
The Division of Comparative Management focuses on clarifying the direction and character of Japanese corporate strategies, through a comparative analysis of corporate management in various countries during this period of economic globalization. The division aims to provide students with insight and analytical ability concerning management, especially from the perspective of effectively utilizing human resources, while also strengthening their spirit of entrepreneurship.

The Division of Accounting researches the relationship between tax law (the Corporate Tax Act) and financial accounting. In particular, the division deals with the role and basic issues of tax accounting, especially in dealing with the connection between taxable income and company
profits. The division also offers accounting subjects, such as Bookkeeping and Financial Statement Accounting, which can help exempt students from the Certified Public Tax Accountant Examination.