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MBA in Japan : any recent feedback ? [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 08:13
I am planning to do my MBA in Japan for many different reasons, even though I am aware that it's not the best place to do it.

I've read the following threads in this forum :

TOP MBAs / EMBAs with strong network in Japan
Asian MBA in JAPAN
(it seems that I am not allowed to post the links, sorry about that)

and I understand and mostly agree with what is being said.

As the last comments in these threads were posted almost 2 years ago, I am looking for more recent information. I would like to know if anyone has any experience or story to share about doing a MBA in Japan, or if you heard anything from people who did it. I am currently hesitating between schools and I am looking for more recent feedback. Any piece of information is welcome !

Thanks in advance ! :)
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Re: MBA in Japan : any recent feedback ? [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2015, 21:28
If you are looking to work in Japan or for a Japanese business expanding abroad - getting your MBA in Japan makes a lot of sense. In my opinion the best program and the most difficult to get into is Hitotsubashi's ICS. Hitotsubashi is basically the London School of Economics of Japan, the university has a long history of teaching commerce in Japan.

To understand ICS, take a look at the founder Hiro Takeuchi (Hitotsubashi Grad then became a Harvard MBA professor in the 1970's) - he basically transplanted Harvard's case study method of teaching business to Tokyo in 2000. The head finance professor - Tom Ito - is a Harvard MBA and just retired in 2012 as head of Investment Banking (for Japan) at UBS. The head marketing professor - Yoshi Fujikawa - is also a Harvard MBA and successful consultant. The Strategy professor - Ken Kusunoki - is a Hitotsubashi alum and a famous author on strategy in Japan (his books are top-sellers on Amazon JAPAN). I researched all of these schools but found the quality of the faculty at Hitotsubashi to be world class. Please check it out for yourself and look at the background info of the faculty.

I looked at IUJ and it's beautifully located in Niigata but you are very far from the action in Tokyo. Almost all of the jobs will be found in Tokyo so it helps to be in the city (also top talent for professors and guest lectures are largely in Tokyo).

Now if you want to work in Europe or the US you are better off getting an MBA there. That being said I know folks who have interviewed in Tokyo and were hired under the understanding that after a year in the Tokyo headquarters they would be sent to the U.S., Europe, etc to help run the business there.

As has been mentioned, Japanese is a huge plus. They have Japanese language classes at ICS but don't expect fluency within a year. Now - having said that - I also know several guys from India that spoke very limited Japanese and were hired into the Japanese IT and Pharma industry.

Good luck to you on your MBA journey!
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Re: MBA in Japan : any recent feedback ? [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2015, 15:18
Thank you for your comment ! I already almost completed my MBA and started working in Japan, but the details you provided will certainly help people who are still unsure if they should try Japan or not !
Re: MBA in Japan : any recent feedback ?   [#permalink] 06 Jan 2015, 15:18
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