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As a Japanese I have surely heard of them!
However, as far as "reputation" is concernined from the international job market, go for the top Private schools as Wasade, Keio, or International Christian University.
Although national universities are considered to be harder among the japanese, the private schools have better relationships abroad!
As for Hitotsubashi, they are really strong in Economics.
I was accepted to their dept in 2001, although I did not proceed with it due to personal reasons. (along with Aoyama and Toyama in Engineering)
To answer to your question: It depends!
1/ Do you want to work in Japan or abroad?
2/ Private firms or public firms?
Hitotsubashi in my opinion is very good but weaker than Waseda in international relations / network. So, If you're thinking of working abroad, Waseda would be better! (Hitotsubashi is not that known abroad, but Waseda is known for almost every department)
Moreover, if you were to look at the top schools in Japan the following is the general consensus:
National Universities: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Nagoya
Private Universities: Keio, Waseda, ICU, and Doshisha
(ICU = International Christian University, as previously mentioned)
Of course, there are plently of other good schools, but Japanese are VERY concerned about the rakings!
In addition, if you are thinking of working in Japan, Hitotsubashi is good enough!! It is well known as one of the elite schools, especially in business, economics and law. And generally speaking National Universities are considered to be harder to be admitted to in Japan...as Private schools accept more applicants and cost more...
I hope my unstructured opinion may be of some help,
Thanks for your quick reply and your help.You are the first one who gives me lots of information about the reputation of japanese MBA ! I really thank you for that.
It is hard to find people who have information about MBA in Japan.
My desire is to work in a private company located in Japan or France.
I am looking for a MBA taught in english from a japanese university (public or private BUT strong preference to public -cheaper -)located in Tokyo only.
My japanese ability is very poor. Being on site, I guess I will be able to strenghten my japanese !
I thought Hitotsubashi has a better reputation in Europe compared to Waseda.
For example, HEC (French business school ranked nÂ°1 in france) has an exchange program with Hitotsubashi and not Waseda.
By the way, there are not so many universities in Japan with an english MBA program. For example, MBA at Keio is only provided in japanese.
There is one thing I do agree with you 100% : RANKING !
It is surprising how the name of the school can be so powerful !More than US or European MBA I think.
Apologies, I was comparing the Japan-US relations....
But yes, if you are considering France-Japan, HEC and Hitotsubashi have their partnerships, so it will be on your stregnth that you have an MBA from Hitotsubashi.
As in France, Waseda would be stronger in political science...for example: SciencePo / Waseda have their partnerships.
So, considering cash, reputation in france and Japan, it would be better to go for the Hitotsubashi MBA programme! (I checked out the website, it seems to be well organized compared to that of other Universities offering MBA programmes!)
If you don't mind my asking:
School in France?
When do you plan do your MBA?
btw, MBA programmes are not that strong in Japan....
many students tend to go straight to masters / PhD programmes without work experience and very few go back to school (e.g. MBAs) compared to that of Europe or the US
I also think it would be a good opportunity to learn Japanese when you are in the country...try to be around Japanese as much as possible! (Preferably in a different school, otherwise the japanese tend to try to be around foreigners to practice their English / French