Naoko Kumagai

Associate Professor and
Program Director of IRP

Director’s Message

In recent years, the world has experienced many unsettling changes and witnessed an increasing number of complex political, economic, social, and ecological issues that have made major impacts on our daily lives in more ways than we realize. To succeed in a rapidly changing world, it is important to understand the dynamics of international relations. The scope and complexity of interactions among various actors in the world make the study of international relations a fascinating and challenging subject.

The International Relations Program (IRP) at IUJ provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary understanding of major trends and current issues in contemporary international politics, economics and society. Special emphasis is placed on developments in the Asia-Pacific area and on Japan in particular.

The IRP has two MA degrees; International Relations and International Peace Studies.

The program is designed to equip students with skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers in government and diplomacy, international businesses, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations.

Our students enjoy the advantages of small classes, enthusiastic colleagues, a dedicated academic staff, communal life in a majestic natural setting and access, through our alumni network, to the growing number of graduates who now occupy important positions in governments, business communities, universities, research institutes and media organizations across the world.