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Captains of Industry

1920 (Origins 1875)

Academic staff

Total enrollment
6,382 (1 May 2014)

Public (National)

Susumu Yamauchi


Undergraduate tuition and fees
535,800 JPY (2011)

Hitotsubashi University

2-1 Naka, Kunitachi, Tokyo 186-8601, Japan

Notable alumni
Heizō Takenaka, Hiroshi Okuda, Shintaro Ishihara, Masayoshi Ōhira, Harumi Takahashi


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Hitotsubashi University (一橋大学, Hitotsubashi daigaku) is a national university specialised in the social sciences in Tokyo, Japan. The university has campuses in Kunitachi, Kodaira, and Kanda.


Hitotsubashi is considered one of the most prestigious universities and the best in economics and commerce related subjects in Japan, consistently ranking amongst the top universities in Japanese university rankings. It was ranked 25th in the world in 2011 by Mines ParisTech: Professional Ranking of World Universities.

Hitotsubashi has strong relationships with overseas universities. There are about 590 international students and 450 researchers from abroad under academic exchange agreements with 83 universities and research institutions, including University of Chicago, the University of Oxford and the University of California.

The university's symbol is inspired by Mercury, Roman mythology's god of commerce.

Introduction to hitotsubashi university


When founded by Arinori Mori in 1875, Hitotsubashi was called the Institute for Business Training (商法講習所|Shōhō Kōshujo), where it nurtured businessmen to modernize Japan after the collapse of the feudal Tokugawa Shōgunate. There were talks about a merger with The University of Tokyo, but alumni and students objected—the merger was not fulfilled. This is known as the "Shinyu Incident".

From the university web page: "For 130 years Hitotsubashi graduates have played leading roles in Japanese business, hence the university's motto 'captains of industry.' Today, our former students are also prominent in finance, government, politics and the media. The quality of our research has been recognized internationally, and Hitotsubashi scholars maintain strong ties to industry and government. Hitotsubashi is an excellent base for visiting researchers, offering a well-stocked library, a beautiful campus (and in the case of ICS a location in the heart of Tokyo), and a friendly atmosphere."

  • 1875: Arinori Mori established Institute for Business Training (商法講習所|Shōhō Kōshūjo) at Ginza-owarichō, Tokyo.
  • 1884: became a national school under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce of Japan, and changed its name to the Tokyo Commercial School (東京商業学校|Tokyo Shōgyō Gakkō).
  • 1885: came under the control of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Japan, and absorbed the Tokyo Foreign Language School. The school then relocated to the site of the latter institution in an education district called Hitotsubashi, Tokyo in the vicinity of the Imperial Palace.
  • 1887: the status of the Tokyo Commercial School was raised to that of the Higher Commercial School (高等商業学校|Kōtō Shōgyō Gakkō).
  • 1897: established affiliated institutions for foreign-language education.
  • 1899: separated affiliated institutions for foreign-language education as Tokyo School of Foreign Languages (now Tokyo University of Foreign Studies).
  • 1902: changed its name to the Tokyo Higher Commercial School (東京高等商業学校| Tōkyō Kōtō Shōgyō Gakkō) due to the establishment of another such school in Kansai district (now Kobe University).
  • 1920: raised to and became the Tokyo College of Commerce (東京商科大学| Tōkyō Syōka Daigaku).
  • 1927: moved to Kunitachi and Kodaira, Tokyo, its present location, on account of the Great Kanto earthquake.
  • 1944: changed its name to the Tokyo College of Industry (東京産業大学| Tōkyō Sangyō Daigaku) under the order of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Japan.
  • 1947: changed its name back to the Tokyo College of Commerce (東京商科大学| Tōkyō Syōka Daigaku).
  • 1949: adopted the new system and the name of Hitotsubashi University (一橋大学| Hitotsubashi Daigaku) through a student ballot, when the American education system was introduced as part of the postwar education reforms, and established Faculties of Commerce, Economics, and Law & Social Sciences.
  • 1951: separated Faculty of Law & Social Sciences into Faculty of Law and Faculty of Social Science.
  • 1996: established the Graduate School of Language and Society.
  • 1998: established the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS).
  • 2004: established Law School due to the introduction of Law School system in Japan.
  • 2005: established School of International and Public Policy.
  • Faculties and graduate schools

    Hitotsubashi University has about 4,500 undergraduate and 2,100 postgraduate students with some 630 faculty members.

    Undergraduate programs

  • Commerce (275)
  • Economics (275)
  • Law (175)
  • Social Sciences (235)
  • Graduate programs

  • Commerce (Master Program: 108, Doctor Program: 30)
  • Economics (Master Program: 70, Doctor Program: 30)
  • Law (Master Program: 15, Doctor Program: 26 Juris Doctor Program: 100)
  • Social Sciences (Master Program: 87, Doctor Program: 44)
  • Language and Society (Master Program: 49, Doctor Program: 21)
  • International Corporate Strategy (ICS) (including MBA Program)
  • International and Public Policy (55)
  • Parentheses show the numbers of admitted students per year.

    Research institutes and centers

  • Institute of Economic Research
  • Research Center for Information and Statistics of Social Science
  • Center for Economic Institutions
  • Center for Intergenerational Studies
  • Research and Development Center for Higher Education
  • Information and Communication Technology Center
  • Center for Student Exchange
  • International Joint Research Center
  • Institute of Innovation Research
  • Center for Historical Social Science Literature
  • Academic exchange agreements overseas

    As of 2007, Hitotsubashi University had academic exchange agreements with 84 overseas universities and research institutions, including those between departments and departments, as follows:

    Hitotsubashi University is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, consistently ranking amongst the top universities in Japanese university rankings. It is one of the highest ranked national universities that is not one of the National Seven Universities.

    Hitotsubashi is a specialized institution only in social science, thus it is not as well known as other big universities such as University of Tokyo and Kyoto University. Although it has only social science departments and the place in the university rankings is always underrated, the reputation is very high. Consequently, its outstanding position in Japan can be seen in the several rankings below.

    General rankings

    The university was ranked 7th out of 181 major universities in 2011 in the ranking called "Truly strong universities (本当に強い大学)" by Toyo Keizai. In this ranking, Hitotsubashi is 1st in average graduate salary.

    According to QS World University Rankings, Hitotsubashi was ranked 314th, 314th, 420th, 378th and 365th in the world during 2005–2009. It has been ranked 114th, 101st, 99th and 178th during 2007–2010 in its social science ranking.

    Research performance

    The Weekly Diamond reported that Hitotsubashi has the 4th highest research standard in Japan in research funding per researcher in COE Program. In the same article, it is ranked seventh in quality of education by GP funds per student.

    The economics department especially has a high research standard. According to the Asahi Shimbun, Hitotsubashi was ranked 4th in Japan in economic research during 2005-2009. More recently, Repec in January 2011 ranked Hitotsubashi's Economic Department as Japan's 5th best economic research university. Currently three researchers in Hitotsubashi are listed as top 10% economists in its world economist rankings. Hitotsubashi has provided seven presidents of the Japanese Economic Association in its 42-year history; this number is the second largest.

    Asahi Shimbun summarized the amount of academic papers in Japanese major legal journals by university, and Hitotsubashi was ranked 7th during 2005–2009.

    Graduate school rankings

    Hitotsubashi Law School is considered as one of top law schools in Japan, as it was ranked No. 1 in the passing rate of Japanese Bar Examination in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

    Hitotsubashi Business School is ranked 2nd in Japan by Nikkei Shimbun. Eduniversal ranked Japanese business schools and Hitotsubashi was ranked 3rd in Japan (100th in the world). In this ranking, Hitotsubashi is one of three Japanese business schools categorized in "Universal business schools with major international influence". It is one of the few Japanese business schools teaching in English.

    Alumni rankings

    Hitotsubashi alumni are distinctively successful in Japanese industries such as shown below.

    According to the Weekly Economist 2010 rankings and the President's article on October 16, 2006, graduates from Hitotsubashi have the best employment rate in 400 major companies; the average graduate salary is the second best in Japan. Mines ParisTech : Professional Ranking World Universities ranks Hitotsubashi University as 25th in the world in 2011 in the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies, although Hitotsubashi is small compared to other Japanese universities in the ranks.

    The university is ranked 8th in Japan for the number of alumni holding executive positions in the listed companies of Japan, and this number per student (probability of becoming an executive) is 2nd in Japan.

    Popularity and selectivity

    Hitotsubashi is one of the most selective universities in Japan. Its entrance difficulty is usually considered as one of the top with University of Tokyo, Kyoto University and Tokyo Institute of Technology among 180 national and public universities.

    Notable faculty

  • Tsuru Shigeto: ex-president
  • J. Mark Ramseyer: ex-adjunct instructor, Mitsubishi professor of Japanese Legal Studies of Harvard Law School
  • Ikujiro Nonaka: professor emeritus, director of Seven & I Holdings Co., director of Mitsui & Co.
  • Kotaro Suzumura: professor emeritus
  • Hirotaka Takeuchi: former dean of the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, director of ORIX
  • Fumio Hayashi: professor, foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Takeshi Mizubayashi: professor of Graduate School of Law
  • Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit: ex-professor, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Joseph Schumpeter: visiting professor in 1931
  • Famous alumni

    The university's alumni association is called Josuikai (如水会) and its main building (Josui Kaikan) is next to the building where Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS) is in Kanda, Tokyo.


  • Shōzō Murata: ex-minister of Railways of Japan, ex-minister of Communications of Japan, president of Osaka Shosen Kaisha (now Mitsui O.S.K. Lines)
  • Baek Du-jin: ex-prime minister of South Korea, ex-speaker of National Assembly of South Korea
  • Masayoshi Ōhira: 68th and 69th Prime Minister of Japan
  • Michio Watanabe: ex-Vice Prime Minister of Japan, ex-Minister of Finance (Japan), ex-Foreign Minister of Japan
  • Koji Omi: ex-Minister of Finance (Japan)
  • Shintarō Ishihara: author, current Governor of Tokyo, ex-Minister of Transportation
  • Yasuo Tanaka: Author and former Governor of Nagano Prefecture
  • Shigeyuki Tomita: ex-State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Japan, ex-Senior Vice Minister of the Ministry of Justice (Japan)
  • Takashi Kawamura: current mayor of Nagoya City
  • Rinchinnyamyn Amarjargal: ex-Prime Minister of Mongolia
  • Diplomats

  • Saburō Kurusu: Imperial Japan's Ambassador to Germany
  • Naotake Satō: Ex-President of House of Councillors of Japan, Ex-Foreign Minister of Japan
  • Toshikazu Kase: Japan's first Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Ichiro Komatsu: Ex-Director-General of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, Ex-Japan's Ambassador to France
  • Judges, bureaucrats

  • Harumi Takahashi: current governor of Hokkaidō Prefecture
  • Yoshihiro Yasuda: Lawyer
  • Industry

  • Fusanosuke Kuhara: Industrialist, Politician, founder of Kuhara Trading
  • Masaru Hayami: Ex-Governor of the Bank of Japan, Ex-CEO of Nissho Iwai Corp.
  • Hiroshi Okuda: Ex-Chairman of Toyota Motor and Chairman of Nihon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
  • Otogo Kataoka: first President of Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
  • Kunio Egashira: Ex-Chairman of Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
  • Taikichiro Mori: founder of Mori Building (Forbes ranked him as the richest man in the world in 1991 and 1992.)
  • Hiroshi Mikitani: current CEO of Rakuten, Inc.
  • Tatsumi Kimishima: current President of Nintendo, former CEO and Chairman of Nintendo of America
  • Masatsugu Nagato: current CEO of Japan Post Holdings,former CEO of Japan Post Bank,former Chairman of Citibank Japan
  • Academia

  • Tokuzō Fukuda: Economist
  • Eiichi Sugimoto: Economist
  • Ichiro Nakayama: Economist, President of the Tokyo College of Commerce, the first Chairman of The Tax Commission of Japan
  • Heizō Takenaka: Economist, former Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy of Japan, Professor at Keio University
  • Hiroko Ōta: Economist, Professor of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Ex-Minister of State for Special Missions of Japan
  • Ryuzo Sato: Economist, C.V. Starr Professor of Economics at New York University
  • Takatoshi Ito: Economist, Professor of The University of Tokyo, Ex-Deputy Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs
  • Kotaro Suzumura: Economist, Professor of School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Ex-Professor of Hitotsubashi University
  • Tran Van Tho: Economist, Professor of School of Social Sciences, Waseda University
  • Takashi Hikino: Economist, Associate Professor of Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University
  • Mau-sheng Lee: Professor of College of Law, National Taiwan University
  • Others

  • Aya Domenig: filmmaker (Als die Sonne vom Himmel fiel) of Japanese–Swiss origin.
  • Seiichiro Kashio: Athlete, Silver Medalist of men's tennis doubles in 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Masaji Kiyokawa: Athlete, Gold Medalist of backstroke in 1936 Summer Olympics, Ex-Vice Chairman of International Olympic Committee, Ex-CEO of Kanematsu Corp.
  • Shinpei Mykawa: Rice farmer who introduced rice farming to an area of Texas; he came from a college that became Hitotsubashi University
  • Zenzo Shimizu: Athlete, tennis player
  • Kichimatsu Kishi: "Baron Kishi", oil developer in the U.S.
  • George Shima: "The Potato King", the first President of the Japanese Association of America
  • Futabatei Shimei: Author, Translator
  • Kafū Nagai: Author
  • Christian Polak: Author
  • Wataru Yoshizumi: Manga artist
  • Iō Kuroda: Manga artist
  • Ken Ishii: musician
  • Yoshiki Mizuno: musician, member of Ikimono-gakari
  • Ichiro Yoshizawa: Mountaineer
  • Yoshiharu Sekino: Explorer
  • Kenji Tokitsu: Practitioner of Japanese martial arts
  • References

    Hitotsubashi University Wikipedia

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