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Ritsumeikan University (Private)

Graduate School of International Relations
Ritsumeikan University
Name of Course/Program
Global International Relations Program
URL of Course/Program (English)
Master of Arts in International Relations
Credit and years needed for graduation

Features of Graduate School

History and Achievement
The Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR) at Ritsumeikan University was established in 1992. Our graduates are particularly active in international organizations, the Foreign Ministry, governments in their home countries, international aid, and globally active private enterprises. They have received high acclaim in the international community. In Japan, we are the only official member of the Association of Professional School of International Affairs (APSIA), which is a global network of respected graduate schools specialized in international relations. Throughout its more than 20 years of history, the Graduate School has been accepting approximately 1,200 international students including international students from 51 countries as well as JDS, World Bank, and MEXT-funded students. Those students play an important role as the administrative officer in each country after their graduation.

Strengths of Our Graduate School: Curriculum
The GSIR’s Master of Arts in International Relations program is designed to offer two programs, in Japanese and English. Global International Relations Program (English-Based Program) consists of four clusters: Global Governance Cluster; Sustainable Development Cluster; Culture, Society and Media Cluster; Global Japanese Studies Cluster. Each clusters also consist of basic subjects regarding international relations (Core Courses), and the subjects designed to foster a deep and specialized understanding of each subject from various disciplines (Advanced Courses) as well as the subjects of Area studies and Academic Writing. Through these course work, students can acquire and foster academic literacy and the ability necessary for advanced research in the field of international relations. In advanced seminars, students work on their master’s thesis under the supervision of their academic advisor and complete the thesis as part of their research achievement. Students are expected to demonstrate intellectual interests in international relations and to be able to analyze the research topic based on advanced knowledge. GSIR holds two open colloquiums to support for graduate students for the preparation of their thesis prior to submission.

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Features of the Course/Program

*Features of the program:

Our program aims to cultivate professionals of economic diplomacy knowledgeable in international economy (economic friction), international politics (regional security), international cooperation, and environmental issues. In order to achieve this aim, our program includes the following features. For JDS students from China, the Graduate School of International Relations offers a curriculum focused on;

<Pre-enrollment Support>
For example, pre-enrollment study support, individual student’s support, introduction to ‘student support office’ will be provided through the contacts with their supervisor. In addition, we will introduce international students who provide advices on the path for the future career as well as student’s life in Japan.

<Support during study at Ritsumeikan>

  • 1. Fundamental training on research and writing skills provided in both English and Japanese.
    Advanced English language ability for writing thesis will be developed by courses such as “Academic Writing” and “Writing Support in English.” In addition, students will have the opportunities to enhance Japanese language ability by taking the courses such as "Japanese Language Proficiency Program" etc.
  • 2. Customized coursework enables students to broaden their views and acquire a high level of expertise.
    The curriculum is built on four pillars: international economics, international politics, global issues and Japanese studies. Students will be expected to plan to take subjects along with their interests and experiences. Especially for JDS students, we provide the courses from theory to practice regarding Chinese foreign diplomacy and Chinese economic diplomacy etc.
  • 3. Systematic and thorough thesis instructions.
    Students deepen their research topic through writing thesis. GSIR has over 30 research-active faculty members who are able to teach and supervise in English with various fields like politics, economics, development, and sociology. In addition, we have a systematic advising system conducted by a team of several academic advisors such as regular debriefing sessions.

<Post-enrollment special seminars>
① We offer "Professional Training" course where students learn Japanese experience of development.

  • 1. Students will learn the role of the government and the private sector through attending the lectures related to the history of Japanese economic development, Japanese diplomacy, and Japanese aid policy.
  • 2. Students will learn about the functions and characteristics of Japanese administration and the management of Japanese enterprises through field-trip for one night and two days. In the field-study, students will learn practices of Japanese administration and production process in manufacturing sector.

② We also offer “Kyoto City Government Learning Special Program” for JDS Students.
The program consists of 10 lectures (60 minutes/lecture) provided by Kyoto City officials; the lectures cover wide range of topics such as administrative organization, policy planning, tax system, environmental policy, urban development including transportation system, tourism development.

<Follow-up after graduation>
Special lectures by visiting professors will be held in Beijing or Shanghai as a follow-up training after graduation to create an alumni network. In addition, we are planning on holding special seminars, such as conferences by former JDS students in China.

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Necessary Curriculum to Obtain the Degrees

Courses taught through English language for the 2021 academic year (English Course)

*Global International Relations Program:

*Sample Course Plans:

Subject Course title Credit Instructor (professors) Lecture/ Seminar Targeted students/ Term offered
Core Theories of International Relations 2 ATAKA HIROAKI Lecture M1,M2
Core International Security 2 FUKUMI SAYAKA Lecture M1,M2
Core International Organizations 2 OCHI MEGUMI Lecture M1,M2
Core Politics in Developing Countries 2 SHIRATO KEIICHI Lecture M1,M2
Core Global Sociology 2 RAJKAI ZSOMBOR TIBOR Lecture M1,M2
Core Cultural Theories 2 CHEUNG YUKMAN Lecture M1,M2
Core Media Studies 2 KOGA BROWES SCOTT Lecture M1,M2
Core Introduction to Macroeconomics 2 TOKUMARU HIROSHI Lecture M1,M2
Core Introduction to Microeconomics 2 YANE HARUKA Lecture M1,M2
Core Development Studies 2 AMEKAWA YUICHIRO Lecture M1,M2
Core International Economics 2 OHTA HIDEAKI Lecture M1,M2
Core Japanese Culture 2 TAILLANDIER DENIS Lecture M1,M2
Core Japanese Economy and Business 2 KOYAMA MASAHISA Lecture M1,M2
Core Japanese Diplomacy 2 YABUNAKA MITOJI Lecture M1,M2
Core Japanese Politics 2 FRENCH THOMAS W. Lecture M1,M2
Core Japan in East Asia 2 NAKATO SACHIO Lecture M1,M2
Core Introduction to Japan Studies 2 FRENCH THOMAS W. Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Global Political History 2 NAKATSUJI KEIJI Lecture M1,M2
Advanced International Human Rights 2 OCHI MEGUMI Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Global Peace Studies 2 KIMIJIMA AKIHIKO Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Conflict resolution and Peace building 2 ISHIHARA NAOKI Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Non-Traditional Security 2 HONNA JUN Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Migration Studies 2 MINAMIKAWA FUMINORI Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Globalization and Gender Issues 2 LIONG CHAN CHING MARIO Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Media and Cultural industries 2 OYAMA SHINJI Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Globalization of religion 2 DE ANTONI ANDREA Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Race and Ethnicity 2 TSUJIMOTO TOSHIKO Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Public Diplomacy 2 OYAMA SHINJI Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Development Economics 2 OHTA HIDEAKI Lecture M1,M2
Advanced International trade and Investment 2 ITAKI MASAHIKO Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Development Finance 2 - Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Environmental Policy 2 HAYASHI DAISUKE Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Policy Evaluation 2 SHIMADA HARUYUKI Lecture M1,M2
Advanced International Political Economy 2 NAKATO SACHIO Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Local and Regional Development 2 MATSUDA MASAHIKO Lecture M1,M2
Advanced International Finance 2 OHTA HIDEAKI Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Macroeconomics 2 Graduate School of Economics Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Microeconomics 2 Graduate School of Economics Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Professional Training; International Cooperation 2 SHIMADA HARUYUKI Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Professional Training; Diplomacy 2 ISHIHARA NAOKI Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Research Training 2 ADACHI KENKI、SUECHIKA KOTA Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Quantitative Research Methodology 2 AMEKAWA YUICHIRO Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Qualitative Research Methodology 2 TORIYAMA JUNKO
(by team)
Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Special Lecture on International Relations 2 - Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Internship(Domestic) 2 - - M1,M2
Advanced Internship(Overseas) 2 - - M1,M2
Area Studies East Asian Studies 2 HIRONO MIWA Lecture M1,M2
Area Studies South East Asian Studies 2 HONNA JUN Lecture M1,M2
Area Studies South Asian Studies 2 SHIMADA HARUYUKI Lecture M1,M2
Area Studies European Studies 2 MATSUDA MASAHIKO Lecture M1,M2
Area Studies African Studies 2 IWATA TAKUO Lecture M1,M2
Area Studies Middle Eastern studies 2 TORIYAMA JUNKO Lecture M1,M2
Area Studies American Studies 2 MINAMIKAWA FUMINORI Lecture M1,M2
Area Studies Special Lecture on Area Studies 2 - Lecture M1,M2
Free Academic Writing(E) I 2 LUDVIK CATHERINE Lecture M1,M2
Free Academic Writing (E) II 2 KUNSCHAK CLAUDIA Lecture M1,M2
Free Comprehensive Japanese I 2 NAKASHIMA YOKO Lecture M1,M2
Free Comprehensive Japanese II 2 NAKASHIMA YOKO Lecture M1,M2
Advanced Seminar Advanced Seminar 2 Supervisor Seminar M1,M2


Degree Awarding Policy
Students who successfully fulfill the degree requirements (30 credits of course work) and whose Master’s thesis reflects the student’ s academic ability to approach international issues from multiple perspectives will be awarded an M.A. degree.
Lectures are provided to share cutting-edge information by faculty members, lecturers, visiting professors and specially invited professors who are currently active in international fields such as with the United Nations. Furthermore, some visiting professors from partnership organizations provide dynamic lectures based on their work experiences.

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List of Faculty members capable of guiding JDS China Fellows
and their Research Specialities

N0. Name Subject of research
1 ADACHI, KENKI International Politics, Disarmament and Arms Control
2 AMEKAWA, Yuichiro Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Social development,
Sociology of agriculture / environmental sociology,
Area studies (Southeast Asia, especially Thailand)
3 ATAKA, HIROAKI International Political Economy, International Financial Order
4 CHEUNG, YUKMAN Cultural-Historical Sociology, Nationalism, Urban Sociology, Japanese Studies, Japanese subcultures (anime), Hong Kong Studies
5 DE ANTONI, ANDREA Cultural Anthropology, The Science of Religion, Japanese Studies
6 FRENCH, THOMAS WILLIAM Japanese History, Japanese Politics, History of US-JAPAN Relations
7 FUKUMI, SAYAKA International Relations, Non-traditional Security Threats
8 HAYASHI, DAISUKE Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Technological Change
9 HIRONO, MIWA China’s International Relations, Security Studies
10 HONNA, JUN Regional Security in Southeast Asia, Politics in Indonesia (democratization, civil-military relations, electoral politics, local politics and political-crime nexus)
11 ITAKI, MASAHIKO International Economy, International Surplus Capital
12 IWATA, TAKUO Comparative Science, African Studies
13 KAWAMURA, SATOKO International Relations, Political Science, Normative Science
14 KIMIJIMA, AKIHIKO Constitutional Law, Peace Studies
15 KIMIJIMA, AKIHIKO Constitutional Law, Peace Studies
16 KOGA-BROWES, SCOTT Media Studies, Visual Semiotic Analysis of TV News
17 MASUDA, MINORU International History, History of British Politics and Diplomacy
18 MATSUDA, MASAHIKO Agriculture and Rural Development in Southeast Asia especially in Myanmar. Studies dynamics of human-nature interaction under recent changes of social and natural environments, sustainable agriculture and appropriate development for local people.
19 MINAMIKAWA, FUMINORI International Migration, Sociology, American Studies
20 NAKATO, SACHIO International Political Economy, US-Japan Economic Conflict
21 NAKATSUJI, KEIJI International History, International Relations in East Asia
22 OCHI, MEGUMI International Law, International Criminal Justice
23 OHTA, HIDEAKI International Development Finance; Development Macroeconomics
24 OYAMA, SHINJI Cultural Studies ; Media Studies ; creative/cultural industries studies
25 RAJKAI, ZSOMBOR TIBOR Social and Cultural Studies, Modernization of Non-Western Societies, Family Studies
26 SHIMADA, HARUYUKI International Development and Cooperation, Development Economics, International Relations, Area Study (South and South East Asia)
27 SHIRATO, KEIICHI International Journalism, African Area Studies
28 SUECHIKA, KOTA Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
29 TOKUMARU, HIROSHI Monetary Economics, International Finance
30 TORIYAMA, JUNKO Gender Studies, Gender Studies on the Middle East, Cultural Anthropology
31 TSUIMOTO, TOSHIKO Transnational Sociology, Studies on International Migration and Gender, Philippine Studies

◆The decision process of supervisor selections:
We will contact the prospective supervisor in advance and confirm their availability for supervision before admission. After the admission, the supervisor will be officially decided along with re-confirmation of their availability. Academic advising staff will support in this process.

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Academic Schedule

Date Targeted students Event & things to-do
(Month) (Day)
9 24 New Students Orientation for New Students
9 25 New Students Matriculation Ceremony
9 26 All Start of Classes, Fall Semester
12 26 All Start of Winter Break
1 5 All End of Winter Break
1 6 All Classes Recommence, Fall Semester
1 25 All End of Classes, Fall Semester
1 31 All Start of Spring Break
3 21 All Commencement Ceremony (Masters/Professional) (Kinugasa)
3 31 All End of Fall Semester, End of Spring Break
4 1 All Start of Spring Semester, Orientation for New Students
4 2 New Students Matriculation Ceremony
4 3~4 New Students Orientation for New Students
4 5 All Start of Classes, Spring Semester
7 22 All End of Classes, Spring Semester
8 1 All Start of Summer Break
9 22 All Commencement Ceremony (Masters/Professional) (Kinugasa)
9 25 All Matriculation Ceremony, End of Summer Break, End of Spring Semester

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Facilities(ex: Library, PCs, Gymnasium etc.)

Housing: Kinugasa Campus is surrounded by an abundance of affordable student housing, and the university’s on-campus cooperative’s real estate agency is capable of providing new students with single room accommodation. In addition, multi-person rooms for those students who bring their families along with them are also readily available.

Library Services: Library facilities include the state-of-the-art Hirai Kaichiro Memorial Library, which newly opened on Kinugasa Campus in April of 2016. The library features over 1,000,000 books, multiple computer and multimedia stations, and rooms students can use for group study. In addition, from private booths to group tables there are a wide variety of study booths and seating areas for library users, ensuring that all students can find an area that fits their study style.
*Ritsumeikan University, as a whole, has a collection of 3,415,334 books. (Japanese, Korean and Chinese: 2,397,642; Western languages: 1,017,692 (as of March 2020)).
*Students may also borrow materials from libraries on other campuses using our electronic library services system. Library Website: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/lib/

Medical Service Center: Located on campus, the Medical Service Center promotes the health of students through a combination of general health support services and a medical office that specializes in internal medicine. All students must take part in a yearly health check that assesses their overall health condition and, depending on the result, follows up with additional tests as necessary. Students with any persistent health issues are put under watch and given follow up medical guidance until graduation.

Counseling: Professional counseling is available in English or Japanese Monday-Friday.

Training Room: Our campus has a newly opened gymnasium and training room featuring brand-new state-of-the-art training equipment, a rock-climbing wall, and various specialty machines for student use. Here, we have trainers residing nearby and students can use the gym facilities free of charge.

Restaurant / Cafeteria: A combination of 6 restaurants and cafeterias are located across the campus, offering a place to catch a meal while enjoying a conversation with fellow students or a professor.

Religious and Dietary Considerations: Halal food and vegetarian options are available at some of the eateries across campus in an effort to better meet the dietary needs of our diverse student body. Additionally, we also have a room for which students may pray.

International Center: The International Center, located just next door to the Graduate School of International Relations, provides support for Ritsumeikan’s large international student body including organizing orientation for incoming students, promoting exchange activities, and managing scholarships. Assistance is available in English and Japanese. As of May 2020 we have ten full-time staff dedicated to assisting international students working in the center.

Beyond Borders Plaza: Located near the center of campus is the Beyond Borders Plaza – a global student commons where students can study, relax, take language courses or hold their own events. The lounge is full of books, magazines and newspapers in a variety of languages as well as board games, a computer station, and a TV airing CNN so that students may keep up to date with breaking world news.

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Advice for Graduate School Applicants

At the master’s level, clearly identifying a problem and defining a research question that your dissertation is going to analyze will enable you to conduct deep and meaningful research. Think about what the problem that you would like to solve is, why is it important, and what sort of analysis will contribute to Sino-Japanese relation. With these questions in mind, please come up with a research plan based on a focused question.