International School of Management/Institut Supérieur de Gestion

Japanese Society and Business Program

Sophia University Extension Program

Tokyo, Japan




The program includes the following 10 courses of 10 meetings of 70 minutes each and 5 lectures of 2 hours each.

Selected slides and Web links from the presentation on Japanese culture by Prof. Chéron at ISG Paris on April 26, 2007.


List of Courses

Core courses


  1. Japanese Organizational Behavior: Philippe Debroux, Ph.D.
  2. Japanese Politics and Society: Tomohito Shinoda, Ph.D.
  3. Business Japanese: Takafumi Shimizu, Ph.D.
  4. Japanese Economy: Hiroya Ichikawa, Ph.D.
  5. Japanese History and Culture: Harald Fuess, Ph.D.


Advanced courses


  1. Recent Issues in Globalization: Yoshitaka Okada, Ph.D./Junko Uenishi, M.S.
  2. Culture, the Market and Advertising: John McCreery, Ph.D.
  3. E-commerce in Japan: William Claster, M.A.
  4. Japanese Corporate Strategy in the New Economy: Edmund Keith Henry, M.A.
  5. Marketing in Japan: Emmanuel Chéron, Ph.D.

Detailed Calender (To be confirmed).


Special Lectures



Open Special Lecture Series (To be confirmed)


A series of five open lectures by Japanese and business leaders in various fields. The talks are scheduled for around 50 minutes followed by discussion. Sophia regular students will also be invited to attend. The following lecturers are proposed:


1. Professor Rajasekera (International University Japan Business School, Director: Global Business Systems, USA and IUJ-ARISF Software R&D Center, Japan), Date: Monday October 17, Time: 9:50am, Room: 402, Title: "Forthcoming".


2. Professor Takahashi (Faculty of Commerce, AACSB Accredited, Keio University), Date: Wednesday October 12, Time: 5:00pm, Room: 402, Title: "Consumer Behavior and Retailing in Japan".


3. Mr. Emmanuel Prat (President, LVMH Japan), Date: Tuesday October 25, Time: 1:30pm, Room: 402, Title: "The Market for Prestigious Brands in Japan".


4. Mr. Richard May, Director International Division, JCMRI, Date: Thursday October 13, Time: 5:00pm, Room: 309, Title: "Current Research on Consumer Behavior in Japan".


5. Dr. James Abegglen (Chairman, Asia Advisory Service K.K.), Date: Friday October 21, Time: 9:50pm, Room: 402, Title: "Japan’s Companies: Change and Continuity".

Links to interviews of business people at ITV Japan

Richard Colasse, Chairman, European Business Council.
Japanese Leadership, the view of the late Dr. Ballon, S.J. Professor Emeritus at Sophia University.
Dr. Bradley W. Hall, IBM Asia Pacific.
Jean Barthelemy Consultancy.

Photos of ISM/ISG Program 2005
Group Sophia-ISG 2005 visiting the Kokai gi (Diet) in Tokyo.

Photos of ISM/ISG Program 2004
Group Sophia-ISG 2004 visiting the Kokai gi (Diet) in Tokyo.

Photos of ISM/ISG Program 2003
Sophia-ISM/ISG Welcome Party September 2003.
Sophia-ISM/ISG pictures before and during LVMH special lecture.
Sophia-ISM/ISG pictures of the Pizza Party November 2003.
Sophia-ISM/ISG students start a new trend in Tokyo! See article published in The Nikkei Weekly of November 10, 2003, p.31.

Links to websites


Homepage of the Faculty of Comparative Culture.
Homepage of Sophia University.
Video Introduction to Sophia University.
Japan National Tourism Organization.
Tokyo Metropolitan MEDICAL Institution Information.
Tokyo Tourism Administration.
Edo-Tokyo Museum.
Permanent Exhibition of Traditional Crafts of Japan at Ikebukuro Station.
Chiyoda City Homepage.
Weather Forecast of TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System).
Website to find the best route on Japan's public transport system.
Tokyo Metro.
Toei Transportation Information.
Map of the JR East network around Tokyo.
Manners in Tokyo Subway.
More Manners in Subway.
Manners for Conducting Business in Japan.
A glossary of sushibar words.
A Picture Dictionary of Japanese.
Japanese Sound Collection.
Website of the FRENCH EMBASSY in Japan.
Website of the Café Crêperie Le Bretagne, Tokyo, Japan.
Librairie et brasserie de l'Institut Franco-Japonais de Tokyo.
Website of the Brasserie Aux Amis and Vinpicoeur, Tokyo, Japan.
Website of the Brasserie Va-tout, Tokyo, Japan.
Website of the Saizeria restaurant chain.
The Japan Times Online.
Herald Tribune/Asahi Shimbun.

Links to Interesting Places to Visit


Manufactured Imports Promotion Organization (MIPRO).
Carrefour Japan in Makuhari.
LaQua Tokyo Dome City, Spa, Shopping Mall, Attractions.
Takashimaya Shinjuku Department Store.
LVMH Japan.
Seven Eleven, the largest chain of "combinis" (convenience stores) in Japan.
Shopping suggestions from the Economist: Mitsukoshi in Nihonbashi, Isetan in Shinjuku and others.
Sony Building Ginza.
Apple Store Ginza.
Don Quijote Chain of Discount Stores.
Advertising Museum Tokyo Shiodome.
Access to Odaiba by the Yurikamome line.
Toyota Car Theme Park with the Center of Universal Design.
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
VenusFort Shopping Complex with Italian Decor and Simulated Sunsets.
Aquacity Shopping Complex in Odaiba next to the Statue of Liberty.
Fuji TV Tour.
Shell Museum with Free Ferrari Driving Simulator.
Tokyo International Exhibition Center "Tokyo Big Sight".
Odaiba Onsen.