How to Write an Application Essay for an MBA in Japan

Posted by Byline ICS on Nov 26, 2021 5:30:00 PM

There are several points to consider when you are applying for an MBA degree; your CVfinances, and demonstrating an academic aptitude, to name a few. One of the most challenging parts of applying for an MBA is writing a great application essay. Still, the good news is that thorough preparation will go a long way. When you are applying for a global MBA in Japan, there are specific advantages that obtaining this degree at this university will give you. Laying out these benefits and having a clear goal will help you convince the reader of the essay of your suitability for the program. Let’s have a look at the admission requirements for a global MBA in Japan, various reasons for aspiring to obtain this degree, and advice on how to process your reasons into an application essay.

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Is an MBA in Japan worth it?

Posted by Byline ICS on Nov 23, 2021 7:04:00 PM

An important question to ask yourself before pursuing any degree, let alone a degree abroad, is if it’s worth doing. This guide will show you a breakdown of the different areas where you can make the most out of your efforts towards an MBA in Japan.  

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My MBA in Japan Journey | Alumni Voice

Posted by Sai Subramani on Nov 20, 2021 5:09:00 PM


My first real impressions of Japan were formed when I was in middle school and encountered a TV rerun of an old Hindi-language film titled “Love in Tokyo.” A movie about falling in love while roaming the streets of Tokyo naturally implanted in my young and impressionable mind vivid images of a country steeped in history and tradition where one can find the ultimate love and, in the process, find oneself.

Fast forward 20 years (and 55 years since the making of that 1966 movie) and here I am, a Hitotsubashi ICS MBA degree-holder two months into my career in Japan. I spent the last two years in pursuit of that goal of self-discovery and, in fact, the ICS environment has brought out qualities

in me that I never knew I had.

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Topics: Why Hitotsubashi ICS, Student Voice, MBA Program, MBA in Japan

MBA in Japan ranking

Posted by Byline ICS on Nov 20, 2021 3:00:00 PM


If you are on the lookout for an MBA program, you will naturally use different criteria to pick your top choices. Often, rankings become one of the important aspects that make universities stand out amongst each other. With rankings, you can quickly determine their reputation in a variety of areas. You can also compare them based on your individual needs and predict how satisfied you would be with their program.

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What to look for in an MBA program in Japan

Posted by Byline ICS on Nov 19, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Depending on what step you are in your journey, you may be feeling overwhelmed as you’re flooded with facts and figures on the admissions sites. Or maybe you have a clear picture of what you want and need a program that matches it. There are many Japanese universities to put into consideration and several other choices that should be kept in mind.

 Whether you have yet to begin your search or have already started, this guide can help steer you in the right direction.

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Rocket Pitch Session at CIC Tokyo

Posted by Byline ICS on Nov 18, 2021 6:26:00 PM

On June 2021, during Term 4, as a part of the Entrepreneurial Management class led by Prof. Yasuhiro (Yasu) Yamakawa, Hitotsubashi ICS MBA students (Class of 2020) made their team rocket pitches as a part of the Thursday Gathering event hosted by Venture Cafe Tokyo at CIC Tokyo, one of the liveliest startup/innovation ecosystems/habitats in this city.

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From Canada to Japan for my MBA | Student Voice

Posted by Shoko Gervais on Nov 17, 2021 6:30:00 PM

In this Byline ICS edition, MBA Shoko Gervais, tells us why she decided to pursuit an MBA at Hitotsubashi ICS, after several years of working in the banking industry and the across the globe journey that her family embarked on to pursue her dream.  

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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, Why Hitotsubashi ICS, Student Voice, MBA in Japan, Family

MBA Class of 2021 Student Board Intro

Posted by Byline ICS on Nov 12, 2021 7:00:00 PM

Student Board is a student-driven organization that represents and serves the cohort throughout the academic year. They raise funds, organize multiple events and become a bridge between the class and the school administration. As usual, this year's Student Board Election took place at the beginning of the academic year. As a result, ten board members were selected and started working together. 

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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, MBA Program

Starting up while getting an Executive MBA | Alumni Voice

Posted by Byline ICS on Nov 9, 2021 5:29:17 PM

In this edition of Byline ICS, we sat down with Bruce (Hirokazu Tanaka, EMBA Class of 2020 from Sony Group Corporation). Who last spring, while he was still studying, received the exciting news that he would be appointed president & representative director of the new company that he had been working on as a part of his EMBA Capstone Project at Hitotsubashi ICS.

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Topics: EMBA Program, Student Voice, Alumni Voice

The Added Value of an MBA Degree

Posted by Byline ICS on Nov 8, 2021 10:45:00 AM

Getting an MBA requires a significant investment of both your time and money. So, it is natural to analyze the added value of an MBA degree in general and specifically for you. The answer to that question will depend on your personal and professional background and, most importantly, on the motivation behind your application and your future career aspirations. 


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JBE 3 Internship

Posted by Byline ICS on Nov 7, 2021 8:00:00 AM

At Hitotsubashi ICS, students are genuinely at the center of our activities. Every year we have a mid-year feedback session with students and have an open-door policy. For example, as a result of feedback from some of the MBA class of 2018 students, the MBA team and Career Services partnered up to develop Japanese Business Economics 2 and 3 (JBE 2 & 3) a 2-module 4-credit class that equipped students with practical Japanese business skills that they can apply when working at Japanese companies.

Among courses taught at Hitotsubashi ICS, JBE 2 & 3 offer students practical and immersive experiences. Specifically, JBE 3 integrates a one-week internship at an SME in the prefecture of Tokushima. Read about JBE3 MBA students' final presentations (AY 2020-2021), about their Tokushima internship here. 

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Financing your MBA in Japan

Posted by Byline ICS on Nov 5, 2021 10:45:00 AM

Getting an MBA degree is an investment of money and time, no matter where you study. In the end, being an MBA grad will provide you with many opportunities for well-paid employment, so it is well worth the investment. But how about studying for an MBA in Japan?

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Working after getting an MBA in Japan

Posted by Byline ICS on Nov 4, 2021 12:00:50 PM

Are you thinking about finding a job in Japan? Working in one of the world's most advanced economies can be a gratifying experience, and opportunities for highly skilled international professionals have been on the rise for years. However, before you move to another country to find a job, it is a good idea to learn a bit more about that country's culture and business environment to get an idea of what to expect of life in that country.

You should look into the work culture; Japan is known to have a conservative one. However, things have been gradually changing over the past decade.

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Why do a Global MBA in Japan?

Posted by Byline ICS on Oct 28, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Many prospective MBA students contemplate doing an MBA abroad to widen their horizons, with the US and Europe being the most popular destinations. However, if prospective students are from a non-English speaking country, doing their MBA in English adds to the degree's value if they aspire to boost their career in an international setting. 

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Topics: Why Hitotsubashi ICS, MBA Program

MBA Degree Requirements in Japan

Posted by Byline ICS on Oct 19, 2021 5:52:05 PM

Are you looking into furthering your education in Japan and advance your career afterward? Then obtaining an MBA in Japan could be an exciting option for you, not in the least because of the extraordinary ROI. In addition to developing your leadership skills, you will gain Japan-specific insights, regional expertise in Asia, and cross-cultural communication abilities to manage virtual teams. Furthermore, the lifelong network you will build at Business School might help enhance your post MBA career and throughout your professional life. 

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Topics: MBA Program

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