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Tomoko Sugimoto

The cultural diversity of the student body makes for a multi-dimensional learning experience

MSc International Management (Japan)

SOAS is a unique university in which to study management and its environment in Japan. The cultural diversity of the student body makes for a multi-dimensional learning experience.

The programme enabled me to study the Japanese managerial environment, including business organisation and the employment system, in great depth. In addition to issues focusing on Japan, the programme also allowed me to engage with wider management issues, such as corporate finance, cross-cultural management and international human resource management. I believe this grounding in international  management, in addition to Japanese management, will be vastly beneficial to my future career prospects.

The programme allowed me to gain a wide contextual knowledge of management issues in Japan, focusing on crucial periods such as post-war high economic growth and the post-bubble period.  At SOAS I was able to study crucial features of Japanese economic and business development from a perspective not covered in my previous education in Japan, and under the guidance of academics with specialist knowledge of Japanese management.