In today's society, both private companies and public agencies have become highly specialized. While we acknowledge the merits of this trend, we also recognize the damage done by the siloization of various organizations. The response of this graduate program is to offer an interdisciplinary curriculum integrating the study of law and business so that students can investigate the nature of thriving, rational business management. The program is furthermore designed to enable students to respond appropriately to the various problems that inevitably arise when running a business by teaching them the theory of business management and law in an integrated manner incorporating abundant case studies. For example, in Introduction to Business 1 and 2 (required classes), both a professor of business and a professor of law are always present in the classroom. Students in these classes examine cases that span both fields, such as the Supreme Court's rejection of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare regulations of internet sales of pharmeceuticals, analyzing these cases through free and vigorous debate from the perspective of both business and law, and ultimately arrive at comprehensive solutions. The program seeks applicants with the desire to bridge theory and practice by combining deep insight into a specialized field with broad awareness of both business and the law.
In order to maintain and develop businesses, leaders need strong decision-making abilities as well as knowledge of the laws related to corporate compliance and asset management. As the shortage of business leaders willing and able to take over small and mid-sized enterprises worsens, it is essential for interested individuals to rapidly learn how to respond to the many problems that can arise in business management, even if they lack the experience needed to lead business development. The Graduate Program in Business and Law enables students to gain these abilities through a robust curriculum taught by faculty members whose diverse backgrounds span both business and law.
Today, there is a strong and rising demand for even profit-oriented companies to move beyond the pursuit of short-term profit and focus on corporate compliance and social responsibility. In order for students to increase the value they bring to jobs in the business world, it is essential that they develop the skills to identify and solve problems from a perspective integrating business and legal knowledge. In addition to supporting the development of these skills, the Gradute Program in Business and Law emphasizes attainment of knowledge and analytical and communication skills through advanced classes and completion of a master's thesis, cultivating professionals with the ability to become leaders in management consultancies, legal departments, and other key corporate positions.
Students writing their thesis on tax law may apply for exemption from subjects on the certified tax accountant examination relating to tax law, and students writing their thesis on accounting may apply for exemption from subjects relating to accounting. Please be aware that subject exemption depends on passing a screening by the National Tax Agency, and not all applicants pass this screening. For further information, please contact the Graduate School Office.
The curriculum of the Major of Business and Law (i.e., the areas that will be studied by students of the major) is divided into six business studies areas: Business organization, the financial market, the labor market, the resources market, the goods market and government-related subjects. Within these six areas, legal studies areas have been organized as follows: (1) Company law/NPO law, family (inheritance) law; (2) Financial law; (3) Labor law; (4) Contract law/Intellectual property law; (5) Economic law/Economic criminal law; and (6) Constitutional law/Administrative law, tax law. This organization enables students of the major to study both disciplines comprehensively and effectively in a two-year period.
Graduate students who take the prescribed units, complete their Master’s thesis and complete the course will be awarded the degree of Master of Business & Law (MBL), a new degree that responds to social needs.