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Graduate School of Regional Business and Economics

Philosophy / Aims:

This university’s philosophy is summarized by the keywords “Peace and Coexistence,” “Individuality and Creativity,” and “Autonomy and Development.” The Department of Regional Business and Economics in the Graduate School of Regional Business and Economics was opened in 1998 to exemplify this philosophy in higher dimensions in the areas of economics and commercial science. Specifically, in order to practically deal with issues directly faced by Okinawa Prefecture today in the promotion of industrial development, the school was established to form a base that combines the functions of human resources development and research to further encourage research activities founded on (1) the embodiment of expertise and complex knowledge in the real world to nurture high-quality expert professionals that can become the driving force in promoting local industry, and (2) organic relations with fields including economics, business administration, marketing, accounting, and information. Therefore, the aim of education is to nurture human resources that undertake the central roles in workplaces in corporations and administrations.

Department of Regional Business and Economics

Applied Econometrics

Applied Econometrics concentrates on researching applications for real society and analysis of economic/social information that utilizes various statistical analysis methods and econometric methods in order to provide and deepen analysis of rational information, and the ability to present grounds for decision-making (ability to analyze information) that is sought after in the workplace.

Okinawan Economics

Okinawan Economics focuses on theoretical and empirical research of the economy in Okinawa, which has a most unique history within Japan and a different socioeconomic structure. By taking up that research students learn economic analytic methods and economic reasoning skills.

Community Development

A community is an area enveloped in the social phenomena of having the same nature, or homogeneity. The target of that analysis does not end with Okinawa, but includes Asia and the world. Community development aims to scientifically analyze trends in society and the economy from a regional perspective, and with an understanding of those rules strengthen insight and practical skills.

Industrial Organization

Industrial Organization centers on theoretical, empirical, and policy-related research with the goal of providing and intensifying insight and practical skills related to changes in the socioeconomic system and trends in industrial organization.

Environmental Economics

Environmental Economics aims to investigate 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. To do so, students study assessment of environmental economic value, methods, basic theory, and investigations.

Regional Socio-Economic System

Today’s socioeconomic system in Japan requires great change. This area of study aims to understand the regional society as a total system from the viewpoint of regional decentralization, regional supremacy, and regional autonomy in order to study the construction of a regional socioeconomic system.


Marketing centers on the empirical research of local consumer trends and area marketing, and aims to teach and strengthen the knowledge and analytic skills needed to analyze the regional market from community and international perspectives.

Comparative Management

Comparative Management focuses on clarifying the characteristics of corporate management in Japan by comparatively analyzing characteristics in corporate management in various countries during technological innovation, and aims to develop and intensify analysis and insight skills related to corporate management from the perspective of human labor.

Tax Accounting

Tax Accounting is a field that researches the relationship between tax law (corporate tax law) and accounting (financial accounting). In particular, it references fundamental problems in tax accounting in the relationship between taxable income and business income, and its role and problems. There is also instruction offered that is related to accounting subjects (bookkeeping theory, financial statement accounting) that may be exempt from the tax accountant exam.