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Developed countries, including Japan, have constructed a socio-economic system termed the welfare state system. This system has a number of problems and is in serious crisis. We live in the era of what has been called "the Great Transformation". The purpose of my research is to find a new socio-economic system. In order to achieve this goal, I am focusing my reserach on two themes. The first is to find a moral framework to judge the goodness of socio-economic systems. The second is to formulate a new social security system. Through the pursuit of these two aims of research, I would like to find a new socio-economic system.
Lectures and Seminars
Principles of economic policy
In this course, students will learn the general theories of economic policy in order to systematically understand economic policies. Lectures will cover the following : purposes of economic policy, means of economic policy, economic policy decision-making, and schools of economic policy. All lectures will be conducted in Japanese.
Economic Ethics and Thoughts Ⅰ
It is necessary to have not only the economic viewpoints but also the ethical viewpoints in order to understand the economic issues. In this lecture, the students will learn what kind of ethical behavior is demanded for economic actors. Lectures will cover the following : corporate social responsibility, ethical issuues regarding works, and ethical issues regarding consumptions. All lectures will be conducted in Japanese.
Lectures (Graduate/ Postgraduate)
In this course, students will learn about some important schools of economics in their historical contexts. Lectures will cover the following : classical liberalism (Adam Smith), Marxism (Karl Marx), neo-liberalism, and neo-socialism. All lectures will be conducted in Japanese.
In this seminar, third year students will debate and make presentations about some social and economic topics. Students will obtain knowledge of these topics and improve their communication skills. Fourth year students will write their graduation theses about a topic of their choice.
Seminars (Graduate/ Postgraduate)
In this seminar, students will do research about schools of economics and write their master’s theses or doctoral theses. Economic thinkers chosen by previous students include A. Sen, J.M. Keynes, J.K. Galbraith, and J.Messner.
You live in the era of great transformation. It is you who will build a new socio-economic system. Consequently, I want you to deliberate on what problems can be found in our current socio-economic system, and how those problems might be solved.
- Economic system theory of Philipp Herder-Dorneich, Keisoshobo, 2001.
- "New Movements in Economic Ethiks", The Kokumin-Keizai Zasshi, Vol191, No.5, 2005.
- "Reform of Social Security Systems in Germany", The Kokumin-Keizai Zasshi, Vol.194, No.4, 2006.
- "Crisis of Welfare State and Revival of Economic Ethics," Keisoshobo, 2016.