Seminar Introduction

Table of Contents

1 For Pearl Student
2 Pearl-Admission Events 2021-
3 Pearl-Application 2022-
4 Seminar Introduction
5 Pearl2021

Seminar Introduction

Descriptions for seminars recruiting upcoming third-year students in AY2022. Find a seminar of your interest with the booklets posted on PEARL -Admission Events 2021- . Professor interviews, seminar student interviews, websites, and links to social media are posted.

A:Economic Theory
B:Econometrics and Statistics
C:History of Economic Thought
D:Economic History
E:Labor and Industrial Economics
F:Economic Policy and Public Finance
G:Modern Economic Systems
H:International Economics
I:Environmental and Urban Economics
J: Economy and Society

A:Economic Theory

Hokari Seminar(ミクロ経済学、ゲーム理論)

At the Hokari Seminar, we are studying microeconomics and game theory.

In the first semester, we read the technical books in a circle, and the third graders understand and present the designated theme. Third graders are boldly challenging and deepening their understanding with the help of teachers and seniors! In the second half, we are studying the game theory, and if we participate in the Mita Festival, we will cooperate in writing a treatise.

The selection is a written test and an interview, and no report card is required. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on Twitter. We look forward!

Senga Seminar(Microeconomic heterogeneity and macroeconomic performance (economic growth and business cycles))

Our research projects will be investigating a wide variety of issues that are pervasive in the Japanese business sector and their macroeconomic implications. Focusing on issues around low growth and productivity in Japan, we will study business investment, research and development, and financing behaviour, among others, using theory and data.

•Typically, what we do approach-wise are:
(1) comprehensive data and fact collection exercise to set out the agenda/question
(2) think about a simple theory to make sense what is observed and found form the above
(3) a basic empirical exercise to test the theory and hypothesis
(4) a simulation based exercise to connect micro-findings to macro-implications to think about growth and business cycles.

Tamata Seminar(契約理論・産業組織論・ミクロ経済学)




Tsugaru Seminar(ミクロ経済学)

津曲ゼミとは: 津曲研究会はミクロ経済学を専攻とした研究会です。津曲先生は海外留学に行っていたた め休会しており、2017 年に再開されました。現在は水曜 4、5 時限目に勉強をしていま す。再開ゼミであるということで、自由かつアットホームな雰囲気と痒い所に手が届く体 制で日々活動しています。

Fujita Seminar(Designing Inspiration Based on Applied Economic Theory)

At the Fujita Seminar, we aim to become the “Yukichi Fukuzawa of the 21st century,” the “Steve Jobs of the next generation,” the “super college students,” and the “0th graders in the workforce,” and we work every day under the theme of “designing for excitement”. We received high praise for the solutions we had proposed and the work we had created for the practical issues from some companies.

By learning together with our unique and ambitious colleagues, and by stimulating each other, we can find new talents. Let’s enjoy our university lives in “mutual prosperity of ourselves and others” and become good members of society.

Fujiwara Seminar(By using theory and data, to clarify the causation behind economic phenomena.)



B:Econometrics and Statistics

Katayama Seminar(Statistical science, machine learning and causal inference)

In this seminar, we will delve deeply into statistical science itself, which is an indispensable tool for conducting research on economic market trends and marketing. We focus not only on the theoretical aspects of statistical science, but also on the applied aspects.

One of the main features of our seminar is that we do not limit ourselves to any particular field of study, but each of us researches the data we are interested in. In addition, since the group is small, we can provide detailed advice to each individual. For more information, please visit our website. (seminar will be conducted in Japanese.)

Naoi Seminar(Urban Economics, Econometrics)




Nakajima Seminar(応用計量経済学)



Nakatsuma Seminar(Corporate Finence,Data Science,Fintech)

Nakatsuma seminar aims to produce “global leaders” who can play an active role in the business world.

We are studying “data science” to understand reality and “finance” to understand the mechanism of the world.

Students are doing original research that suits their interests, such as data science, fintech, machine learning, Bayesian statistics, artificial intelligence, asset management, and corporate finance.

Nagakura Seminar(統計理論を勉強し、統計解析ソフトを用いデータを分析する。)


このゼミは計量経済学のゼミなので、学んだ手法の応用先はゼミ生が自由に選択して構いません。また、ゼミ生は時系列分析やFinancialEconometrics 関係のデータの分析を行う必要はありません。とにかく自分が面白いと思うデータを自由に分析して下さい。

Fukuhara Seminar(Data Analysis, Research for Data-Driven Societies (FinTech, People Analytics, etc.))

The Fukuhara Seminar focuses on using case studies and data analysis for application-based learning of Fintech and People Analytics.

Emerging technologies, the likes of AI and blockchain, are vital in understanding how the fields of finance and human resources are advancing today.

Prior knowledge in this field is not required. We encourage students to apply if they have an interest in this field and are keen to contribute to the growth of our seminar!

Hoshino Seminar(計量経済学・行動経済学・マーケティング)




Wada Seminar(International Macroeconomics & Econometrics)

We will be studying empirical international macroeconomics using (mostly time series) econometrics. Topics include, but not limited to analyzing exchange rate dynamics, forecasting future exchange rates, understanding international business cycles, and writing a clear report on current economic conditions. In order to deal with economic data, we will learn how to use computer software such as MATLAB and Stata.

C:History of Economic Thought

Makino Seminar(History of modern Japanese economic thought)



D:Economic History

Ota Atsushi Seminar(ヨーロッパ経済史・社会史・環境史)



Kajima Seminar(中国近現代経済史、東アジア経済史)




Kanda Seminar(近代アジア経済史、南アジア史)


具体的には、アジア地域の経済発展のダイナミズム及びその経済・社会が抱える問題を理解するため、 輪読や議題の討論を通じてその歴史的背景や社会的・文化的特徴について理解を深めています。

E:Labor and Industrial Economics

Akabayashi Seminar(Economics of Education, Labor Economics, Behavioral Economics)

Our seminar mainly focus on the investigation of Education Economics as well as labour econmics through the use of statistical data.

All discussions and presentations are made in English, so you can definitely improve your English skills, whilst expanding knowledge in the Education Economics field. Those who are interested are all welcome!!

Ota Soichi Seminar(労働経済学)


Mishima Seminar(International Business Management, Industrial Economics, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses)




F:Economic Policy and Public Finance

Kobayashi Seminar(macroeconomics, finance, public finance)




Sato Seminar(金融論、ファイナンス論)




Shiratsuka Seminar(金融論、日本経済論)



Doi Seminar(財政学・公共経済学・政治経済学)




G:Modern Economic Systems

Ueda Seminar(日本経済史、日本経営史、中小企業論)



Ohira Seminar(地域経済学・開発経済学)



Komagata Seminar(東アジア・中国経済、日中経済関係)



H:International Economics

Akiyama Seminar(経済発展論・計量経済学)




Kaji Seminar(International Macroeconomics, European Economic Theory, Fintech)

Kaji Seminar focuses on International Macroeconomics, European Economic Theory, FinTech.

We learn about the economic concepts introduced when the analysis moves from a “closed” to an “open”economy such as exchange rates and capital flow. We apply this knowledge to real world issues related to international interdependence, it’s effect, with a close look at the European economy.

Kiyota Seminar(International Economics, Quantitative Data Analysis)

At Kiyota Seminar, we study international economics and quantitative data analysis.

Specifically, we study the basic theory of international economics and the basic techniques of data science such as econometrics, machine learning and network analysis to solve various problems in the world economy.

We are a new seminar which started this year, with first-generation members full of diversity, including 7 pearl students, 1 student from the faculty of law and 2 who are going to study abroad from this fall. Since we have quite many international students, the seminar will be held in English.

Sakuragawa Seminar(マクロ経済学、現代経済)



Sasahara Seminar(We are a seminar studying international economics from empirical perspectives.)

In this seminar, we study various current issues from empirical perspectives. We first learn the basic foundations of econometrics to understand published economic papers and then move to the next step and analyze them. In the final step, we challenge our knowledge to conduct our own research. Students present academic research on a variety of subjects, including international trade, COVID-19, and gender issues.

Shirai Seminar(International Economics (International trade, International finance, Development economics))

In this seminar, we focus on “International Economics”. Each member will research the topic he/she has the most interest in, receiving feedback from professor Shirai.

Also, this seminar values diversity. Pearl students are more than welcome to join this seminar.

Take part in our seminar, and learn international economics internationally!

Matsuura Seminar(国際経済学、都市経済学、産業組織論、応用ミクロ計量経済学)



I:Environmental and Urban Economics

Onuma Seminar(Environmental economics, Environmental economic policy)




Kawabata Seminar(Geographic Information Science(GIS)・economic geography・Urban and Regional Policy)

Through the use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), our seminar focuses on the analysis on urban and rural socioeconomic issues. GIS is a system and an area of science which allows us to visualize, process and analyze geospatial data. Our seminar studies to provide supportive data and solutions for these issues.

With the recent rise in interest and importance for GIS applicated research, the importance of our skills is rising as well. In this seminar we learn and grow together valuing the idea of hangaku hankyo(半学半教), learning while teaching, teaching while learning.

Konishi Seminar(環境と経済、脱炭素政策、実証データ分析、統計的因果推論)




Takeyama Seminar(サービスデザイン)




J: Economy and Society

Namba Seminar(帝国史・植民地史)




Colin McKenzie Seminar(家族の経済学)

Economics of the family examines matters like marriage, divorce, the allocation of resources within family, and decisions relating to children from an economic perspective. It challenges students to think about how useful economics might be in explaining phenomena that might be thought to be better explained by sociology and other academic fields.


Professional Career Program (PCP)

Professional Career Program (PCP) provides students with an opportunity to advance their study on Economics in English. In “Finance, Policy and the Global Economy” (FPGE), 4-5 students form a group and conduct a research throughout the semester, whereas in “Independent Study” (IS), we do our research individually based on the experience in FPGE. We aim to acquire skills in Economic research as well as presentation skills.

For other major PCP elective classes, it is possible to enhance your knowledge through advanced classes offered in English! We accept those who are in other seminar classes, so please do not hesitate to apply! We hope you have a great experience through PCP and broaden your horizons to prepare for your bright future!

Independent Research Project(IRP)

In an Independent Research Project, over the space of one academic year, a student undertakes research and writes a research paper on a topic of his/her choice under the guidance of a faculty member in the Faculty of Economics whose research expertise is in a field related to the student’s chosen area of research.

Students can choose a research topic related to economics, humanities (such as arts and literature) or the natural sciences. Creative work is also recognized as a research outcome. Students can take both seminars or PCP and IRP.