Program Curriculum

Program Objectives

  • To demonstrate the relation between tax administration (including taxation systems) and economic growth, from the viewpoint of administration and tax finance.
  • To teach the entire taxation process, from enactment of legislation that implements tax policy, to tax law enforcement.
  • To give students the opportunity to see theory translated into practice, through studying and evaluating the practices of the National Tax Agency.

Degree Requirements

Students of the program will have the unique opportunity of earning a master’s degree from a Japanese university with coursework conducted completely in English. As a culmination of their studies, students will submit an individual research thesis, written under the supervision of Keio academic staff, and take a final examination based on their thesis and seminar presentations. For the practicum portion of the program run by the National Tax Agency, students must complete at least four credits and write a thesis (see later section for details). Upon completion of the above requirements, students will earn a Master of Arts degree in Business and Commerce from Keio University. This degree will be recognized as a completion of the JJ /WBGSP.
  • There are four categories of subjects in the general curriculum: Introductory subjects, Basic subjects, Specialized subjects, and Seminars. JJ / WBGSP students have to take at least 32 credits, including 8 credits of Seminars or Joint Seminars, by graduation.
  • In addition to the minimum credit requirements, the program requires receiving final approval of the written thesis and passing the Thesis Defence (an oral examination on the thesis submitted) for completion.
  • In addition, JJ / WBGSP students must complete the NTA practicum. Credits obtained (4) in the twoyear practicum are included in the minimum credit requirements mentioned above.

Coursework

The curriculum offers a wide range of courses, giving students the opportunity to investigate tax issues from various points of view. To achieve the objective of the program to develop human resources, students will take courses that have a practical and applied orientation, focusing on analysis of examples and case studies. Students will also participate in weekly seminars organized each semester to facilitate their research on various aspects of taxation policy and practice. JJ /WBGSP students may also have the opportunity to participate in intensive courses that are organized by visiting professors to the Graduate School of Business and Commerce. Outside of the regular coursework, on occasion students may also partake in special half-day seminars led by guest speakers who are distinguished
individuals in the fields of taxation and economics. The goal of these seminars is to stimulate the exchange of ideas around specific taxation issues, and to help participants identify potential research topics.

JJ /WBGSP students also have options outside the coursework of the Graduate School of Business and Commerce. They may take courses offered in English by the International Center on a wide range of subjects related to foreign and Japanese studies. Though credits from these courses do not apply towards the fulfillment of the degree program, these courses offer students the opportunity to broaden their studies beyond taxation policy and management. Students also have an opportunity to take Japanese Language courses.

Research Papers

Past papers are shown in the page below: http://www.ic.keio.ac.jp/en/study/jjwbgsp/research_paper.html

Practicum at the National Tax Agency

Details are given in the page below: http://www.ic.keio.ac.jp/en/study/jjwbgsp/ntc.html

Academic Calendar (2016-2017)

The academic calendar at Keio University stars on April 1 and ends on March 31. The academic year is divided into two semesters, with each semester being fourteen weeks.

April 4 Orientation for JJ/WBGSP students
April 7 Spring Semester begins
April 23 Keio Foundation Day
End of May Keio-Waseda Baseball Games
July 31 - September 22 Summer Vacation
September 23 Fall Semester Begins
End of October/Begining of November Keio-Waseda Baseball Games
Mid-November Master's thesis title due (for second year students)
November 15-21 University Festival Week (No classes)
December 28 - January 5 Winter Vacation
January 6 Classes Resume
January 10 The University Founder's Birthday (No classes)
The end of January Master's thesis due (for second year students)
The end of February Thesis Defense (for second year students)
March 28 Graduation Ceremony