The International Module at Keio Business School

Located in Yokohama, sharing borders with Metropolitan Tokyo, Keio Business School has been contributing to business communities as the first business school in Japan since 1962. The Japan Module enables participants to learn both modern and traditional aspects of Japan.

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

Masahiro Okada
Professor of Strategy, Academic Director of the EMBA program and Consortium Chair
City Photos
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.

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 

Sunday, September 15, 2019:
17:00- Registration
18:00- Networking
19:00- Welcome Dinner
Monday, September 16, 2019, National holiday:
09:00-12:15 Macro view of Japan: Its economy, society, aging population by Prof. Hiroshi Nakamura
13:00-16:15 Lecture and discussion (to be announced)
Tuesday, September 17, 2019:
09:00-12:15 Lecture on 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- 16:15 Learning Japanese culture and tourism industry:  1) Lecture on Zazen at Kenchoji Temple or Tea ceremony @ Happo-en, 2) Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, 3) An interview with tourism company
Thursday, September 19, 2019:
07:00- Transportation to a manufacturing plant located in Shizuoka Prefecture
09:00-16:15 Factory visit, Q&A session with executives, and group discussion
Friday, September 20, 2019:
09:00-12:15 Factory visit (continues) and group discussion
13:00-15:00 Transportation back to Hiyoshi Campus
15:30-18:00 Final presentation at Hiyoshi
18:00- Farewell party at Hiyoshi Faculty Lounge
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Morning - Move to the airports


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.

Coming soon...