The International Module at Keio Business School

What would the world look like in 2059? And what do we want the world to be in 2059?

The goal of the Japan module is for executives from around the world to bring their insights together and "learn to lead" the future with what mindset by envisioning the desired image of our society from multiple viewpoints: social problems, environmental concerns, and sustainable economic development. Then we construct action plans for today. We call this endeavor as "Visionary Project." We deal with Japan-specific issues as well as universal topics. Lectures and site visits will cover 1) the recovery of Japanese industries and communities from the Great Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, 2) the world’s fastest aging society and social security systems, 3) emerging agri-businesses, and 4) manufacturing systems in Japan. The participants will share key social issues of their home country and learn about commonalities and differences of global issues which will impact the future in 2059. This will help executives develop strong motivations and visions by sharing common purposes for “a better future.”

Highlights of the program include the actual experience of the manufacturing process in auto parts plants and the Zen practice at a traditional temple in Kamakura.

Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University
4-1-1 Hiyoshi Kohoku-ku, Yokohama Kanagawa, 223-8526 JAPAN

Jun Kawakami
Matsunaga Daisuke
Administrative Staff

Masahiro Okada
Professor of Strategy, Academic Director of the EMBA program and Consortium Chair
Intended Learning Outcomes

Participants to Japan Module will be able to:

1) Earn “touch and feel” of manufacturing know-hows and insights. We design factory visits and workshops for participants to experience the actual manufacturing know-hows and nurture insights to be brought back to home countries.
2) Think how to embrace and countermeasure social challenges through the collaboration of profitable businesses and public sectors. Japan is a showcase of “an extremely aged society” with the longest life expectancy in the world. We discuss a broad spectrum of challenges and dilemmas that our social and medical system face and envision a desirable social design.
3) Feel the advanced technologies in Japan for future business opportunities. We invite corporate speakers from governments, manufacturing,  agri-business, robotics, biotech, or animation and entertainment on a rotating basis every year to demonstrate advanced technologies and business models in Japan.
4) Understand Japanese culture which sits at the core of our business models and thought process. One-day excursion to an old capital of Japan, the city of Kamakura, will expose participants to traditional Japanese values and cultures, which is an indispensable ingredient of business success by Japanese companies.

Message from Program Program Director


NOTE: Visits and invited speakers are subject to change - some companies and speakers still to confirm. This and following pages will be updated as and when full commitments are made. However, we do not anticipate any major changes from this provisional program.

Program at glance 

Saturday, September 14, 2019
If you will be arriving on 14th, you need to let us know in advance so that we can reserve on-campus accommodation for you. Check-in is possible after 3 PM.
No official event on 14th.
Sunday, September 15, 2019:
An on-campus accommodation will be reserved for all participants. Check-in possible after 3 PM.
Around noon---: A short sightseeing to Asakusa, Imperial Palace, Big crossing in Shibuya, and Sky Tree Tower. On a volunteer basis, we will take participants to major historical and modern attractions in Tokyo.
17:00- 18:00 Registration @ Executive Room on the 5th floor
18:00- Networking & Welcome Dinner @ Faculty Club on the 2nd floor
Monday, September 16, 2019, National holiday called “Respect for the Aged Day”
09:00-10:30 Introduction to the Japan Module by Prof. Masa Okada
10:45-12:15 Lecture: Macro view of Japan: Its economy, society, aging population by Prof. Hiroshi Nakamura
13:00-16:15 Visionary Project--- Group and class discussion #1: Bringing in the social and environmental issues of each country to find out common elements.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019:
09:00-12:15 Lecture on 1) Resilience at the Higashi-Nippon Earthquake ad Tsunami,
2) Agribusiness strategy in Japan by Prof. Anegawa and invited speakers
13:00-14:00 Transportation to Chiba Prefecture
14:30-16:15 Company visit: Kimitsu Tomato Garden Corp., owned by Japan Del Monte Agri Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Kikkoman
Wednesday, September 18, 2019:
09:00- 12:15  Visionary Project---Group and class discussion #2: How we can approach the common problems.
12:15---   Transportation to Kencho-ji Temple in Kamakura, an old capital of Japan
14:00-17:00 Learning Japanese way of thinking and mindset:  Zen session consisting of 1) Lecture on Zen, and 2) Zen practice. “Zen is not a religion, but a practice. People in various religions visit this temple to learn the work of the human mind”, says Zen priest Sosin Fujio.
Thursday, September 19, 2019:
07:00- Transportation to auto parts manufacturing plants located in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture
09:00-16:15 Visits to Maruyasu Industries Co., Ltd. & Sekiso Co., Ltd. Both are Auto parts manufacturers who supply to major Japanese Auto makers such as Toyota, Mazda, Honda. Participants will be exposed to actual manufacturing operations like parts assembly through which they think of the meaning of efficiency and trust in production process.
Accommodation: a traditional Japanese hot spa hotel “Tennomaru”  We learn a Japanese style hospitality in this traditional occasion. The president of the hotel will talk on the mindset of Japanese hospitality.
Friday, September 20, 2019:
09:00-12:15 Factory visit (continues) and group discussion
13:00-15:00 Transportation back to Hiyoshi Campus
15:30-17:00 Final presentation of factory visits at Hiyoshi
17:00- 18:00 Final presentation of the Visionary project
Transportation to a hotel in Musashikosugi
19:30- Farewell party at Musashikosugi Hotel
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Day reserved for individual sightseeing and/or shopping.  No official events are planned, but a hotel room is reserved for each participant on Saturday night. 

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Participants return to their home countries.

Hirokazu KONO

Professor Kono is the Dean of Keio Business School and a Board Member of EFMD as well as a chairperson of Japan Industrial Management Association. His areas of research include Industrial Engineering and Production Planning.  Prof. Kono emphasizes the importance of “Gemba” literally meaning “the actual work site” and is teaching a variety of courses including plant visits and workshop. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering from Keio University.

Masahiro OKADA

Prof. Okada is a Professor of Strategy and an Academic Director of Executive MBA Program at Keio Business School. His research interests include strategies in developing countries, inclusive business, and CSV concepts and its measurement. He has working experience at Honda Motor Company both in Japan and the US as well as Arthur D. Little (Japan), a strategy consulting firm. He received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.


Research areas of Prof. Nakamura include Economics, Industrial Organization in life science, health care and information technology sectors, and management strategy. He is an expert of health economics in Japan and serves as editors in numerous academic journals. His recent article is titled as “Reducing Pharmaceutical Reimbursement Price Risk to Lower National Health Expenditures without Lowering R&D Incentives.” He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

Tomofumi ANEGAWA

Prof. Anegawa is specialized in Business Economics, Applied Micro Economics, International Business and Health Economics. He has been playing a key role in “Grand Design Project” at Keio University, where a variety of relevant issues surrounding sustainable growth and development of Japan and the world are discussed and articulated. He teaches courses including Economics of Technology Strategy and Market Competition and Strategy. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.


On the nights of September 14, 15, 16, 17, 18th: On-Campus Hotel in the school building for roughly US$40.00 per night.

On the night of September 19th:  A traditional hot spa hotel in Shizuoka for about US$200.00 per night

On the nights of September 20, 21st: A business hotel in Musashikosugi near Hiyoshi Campus for about US$110.00 per night.

Note: Keio can make all the reservations for participants. If you prefer to stay otherwise on the nights of September 15, 16, 17, 18, and 20th, please make your arrangements by yourself and notify your preference to our administration managers. The hotel on the night of September 19th, a local hot spa hotel, is fixed for all participants.

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