Management Board

Dean, Yasutomi Kitahara

Dean Kitahara graduated from the School of Science in Applied Mathematics at Tokyo University of Science and also completed the coursework for his doctorate at the School of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University. Since the establishment of his own business, he has conducted research and has been involved in education and consultation in the field of software by focusing on two domains; group communication and strategic decision-making. In the field of strategic decision-making, he worked on value evaluation and 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 (DDP), 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.

Kazuhiko Kato

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 engaged in the marketing position in the Silicon Valley IT companies, such as Sun Microsystems and Cisco Systems. He has been in current position since 2016. He completed his Ph.D. His specialty is 'Strategic management', 'Information management theory', 'Venture business theory' and so on. He also advises many companies through business model development and support for launching a new business as feedback to the practical field of research activities.

Associate Dean, Takehiko Ito

After graduating from 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 ('73) and Master degree ('75) from Keio University. Dr. Takagi's professional background includes positions at Toray Business Research Institute as a consultant and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT). His research includes topics as diverse as organizational behavior and information technology leadership in networks and 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.

Chair of Case Development Yamaoka Takashi

Professor Takashi brings a strong practitioner background having served in positions as the Head of Business Development, Director and CMO in charge of business development, marketing strategy and digital marketing. He was an awarded member of the “Digital Contents EXPO” which is sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the “Campus Venture Grand Prix”. He has conducted lectures to a variety of organizations or corporations such as the CMO Japan Summit, Nihon Keizai Newspaper, Google, IBM and so on. He graduated with a MSc from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and currently holds the Chair of Case Development at the NUCB Business School while maintaining affiliations with the Japan Commerce Association, Japan Consumer Behavior Research Association, and Japan Advertising Society.

Chair of Center for Entrepreneurs, Yuriko Sawatani

She received her Ph.D. at The University of Tokyo. After graduating from Graduate School of Tokyo Institute of Technology, she joined IBM, software research and development. After working at IBM's R&D strategy, she moved to IBM research as a strategist of personal systems. She was assigned to research strategy at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and started service research since 2005 by leading On Demand Innovation Services. She was appointed to a fellow at Japan Science and Technology Agency, and established service science research in Japan. She joined Waseda University in 2013, and had lectures at several universities, including Tokyo Institute of Technology.

International Advisory Board

Since 2003 NUCB Business School has been maintaining the practice of contracting external International Advisors to help the institution achieve its various internationalization goals. The following experts in the field of management education have been providing consulting and advisory service to the School.

Dr. Mike Page

Former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bentley University
Dean of Post-experience Programs/Statutory and General Director, Rotterdam School of Management B.V., Erasmus University Professor Extraordinaire, University of Stellenbosch Business School

Dr. V.K. Unni

Former Dean of the College of Business and Distinguished Professor of Business at Bryant University Served since 1997 as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bryant University

Dr. Jerry Trapnell

Served as Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer of AACSB International since 2004. Retired in September 2012


Managing Director, Kyoko Hayakawa

She has more than 35 years of experience as a university staff in administration, communication for internal and external relations, admissions, international affairs, international accreditation, and etc. to develop and manage NUCB Undergraduate School and its parent institution of Kurimoto Educational Institution (KEI ) after she graduated TSUDA University, Tokyo. She started the 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, within the School’s autonomous remit covers the following:

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