Faculty of Economics SAITAMA UNIVERSITY

Global Business and Social Development

In the major “Global Business and Social Development” you will study economy, business management, and social development from a global perspective. You will develop the ability to understand the role that global business plays in developed and in developing countries as well as the different circumstances in a global society, and you will become able to commit to global business. You will master the necessary basic skills in this academic field which aims at creating sustainable social development.

Why should Japanese companies do business abroad? What good or bad do international companies do for the global economy? Can we solve the problems of economic development in developing countries at the same time as the global environmental problems? ? As a member of this major, you will become able to address problems like these on your own.

Graduates of this major should be equipped to deal with global issues and relations in their work for companies, for the government, or for NPOs. Graduates who enter a master course will have further options such as becoming international public servants or working for international institutions.


Understanding Asia in the Age of Globalization

The 21st century is called the “Asian century”.

Asia has become the center of world economic growth, and because over 60% of the world population is living in Asia, the continent is receiving more and more attention as a consumer market. The peculiarity of current change in Asia is "compressed change". Asia`s developing countries and middle income countries are not experiencing a step-by-step development but a rapid change and are therefore dealing with problems typical both for developing countries and for developed countries. Examples are labor shortage where changes in industrial structure demand more labor, or the beginning of a declining birthrate and an aging population before the necessary social security system is complete.

In my course "Asian Economics", we analyze the dynamics of Asia empirically and objectively based on data, but also try to understand the mechanisms and causal relationships of the phenomena produced by the intertwined economic actors and systems in different companies and different countries. Whether we look at ethnic groups, religions, cultures, or languages, Asia is the most diverse area i n the world, and the continent`s development cannot be grasped with one single development model. It will also not be possible to create a sustainable Asia with the methods experienced already by developed countries. Therefore, analysis by using multiple perspective is important.

Tamaki ENDO Associate Professor

Introduction to Global Business
*Compulsory Subjects
Business Administration / International Business / Marketing / Asian Economics / Introduction to Global Business
*Compulsory Elective Subjects
Microeconomics I / Macroeconomics I / Theory of Development / I nternational Economics / International Marketing / International Industries / International Comparative Business / Environmental Policies / Social Security / Urban Theory / Economic Geography / Thai Studies (Developmen t Field Study) / Global Communication / Philosophy and Ethics in a Global Society / Human Resource Managemen