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Dean Yasutomi Kitahara, Chair of the Center for Entrepreneurs

Dean Kitahara graduated from the School of Science in Applied Mathematics at Tokyo University of Science and completed the coursework for his doctorate at the School of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University. Since establishing his own business, he has conducted research and has been involved in education and consultation in the field of software, focusing on the two domains of group communication and strategic decision-making. In the field of strategic decision-making, he worked on value evaluation, simulation of business value, and the risk for new business plans and development projects. He also developed software to assist in learning venture strategy development methodology, invented by Professor Macmillan at Wharton Business School.

Associate Dean, Masao Tsuji

Dr. Tsuji completed his Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Philosophy. His academic career has spanned lecturing duties at Waseda University where he currently also holds the post of Professor Emeritus. In addition, he has held posts at the Asian-Pacific Management Accounting Association as Senior Director from 2015 to 2017 and currently as the President-elect. His major research areas include management control, business analysis, and valuation, and accounting policies by management and publications include topics such as earnings management and accounting standards and management behavior.

Associate Dean, Kazuhiko Kato

Dr. Kato completed his MBA at Bond University and MA in International Studies at The University of Sydney. After returning to Japan, he was engaged in marketing positions at Silicon Valley IT companies such as Sun Microsystems and Cisco Systems. He has been in his current position since 2016. He completed his Ph.D. at the Waseda University Graduate School. His specialties include strategic management, information management theory, and venture business theory. He also advises companies on business model development and provides support for launching new businesses as feedback to the practical field of research activities.

Associate Dean, Takehiko Ito

After graduating from the School of Commerce at Waseda University in 1991, Associate Dean Takehiko Ito entered Fuji Research Institute, launched and managed a venture company, and was the head of Mercer Japan Nagoya, a consulting firm specializing in human and institutional resource management. He began his teaching career in 2005 at NUCB Business School and became a full-time professor in 2008. He also completed the MBA program at Durham University Business School in the UK.

Chair Faculties

Chair of Center for Case Method, Haruo Takagi

Dr. Haruo Takagi earned his DBA from Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration in 1984 after completing both a Bachelor (in 1973) and Masters degree (in 1975) from Keio University. Dr. Takagi's professional background includes positions at Toray Business Research Institute as a consultant and at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT). His research includes topics as diverse as organizational behavior, information technology leadership in networks, organizational communication, and organizational innovation. His publications include "The Flaw in Japanese Management" and various contributions to Japanese management journals. He has held instructor positions at Keio Business School and recently joined the NUCB Business School as an instructor and the Chair of the Center for Case Method.

International Advisory Board

On a contractual basis, NUCB Business School retains external international advisors to advance our internationalization goals:

Corporate Advisors

Mr. Masao Torii President, Novartis Holding Japan K.K.
Mr. Yoshihisa Aono President, Cybozu, Inc.
Mr. Kenichi Nonomura Executive Director of Business Design and Development at IDEO Tokyo
Ms. Yuka Tanimoto Web Editor-in-Chief & Event Promotion Section Chief Producer, Forbes JAPAN

Academic Advisors

Dr. Mike Page Professor of Finance and Management and former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bentley University, US; Head of Research, Erasmus Center for Women and Organisations, NL; Professor Extraordinaire, Stellenbosch Business School, ZA; Senior Adviser, EFMD Global Network, BE
Dr. V.K. Unni Former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Former Dean of the College of Business at Bryant University, US
Dr. Francisco Roman Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of the City of ManilaFormer Head of the Research and Publications at the Asian Institute of Management and Executive Director for AIM's Corporate Social Responsibility
Dr. Kwei Tang University Chair Professor, National Chengchi UniversityAllison and Nancy Schleicher Chair Emeritus, Purdue University
Mr. Oliver Oger  Former Director General of EDHEC Business School


Managing Director, Kyoko Hayakawa

Ms. Hayakawa has more than 35 years of experience in university administration, communication for internal and external relations, admissions, international affairs and international accreditation. She develops and manages NUCB Business School and its parent institution Kurimoto Educational Institution (KEI). She graduated from Tsuda University, Tokyo. She commenced her current position of Managing Director at the NUCB Business School in 2002.

Operation and Management

The NUCB Business School is part of the Kurimoto Educational Institution (KEI) and was established to provide high-quality postgraduate business education. The KEI's Board of Directors determines the KEI's overall strategic direction and appoints one of its members as Dean of the Business School (Graduate School of Management). Subsequently, the remit of the Dean is to develop and implement the School’s own strategic and practical plans in line with the broader KEI strategy. The NUCB Business School has a high degree of both theoretical and practical autonomy in all matters regarding its operation and management. With the exception of major financial decisions, for which it must seek approval from the KEI, the School’s autonomous remit covers the following:

  • Academic, operational and managerial strategy and planning
  • Program design and implementation
  • Personnel policy and staff development (including full powers to appoint faculty)
  • International activities, including overseas recruitment, student exchange to and from partner schools, and corporate visits
  • Management of most financial resources
  • Promotional and student recruitment activities