History of HMBA

The Pioneer of Higher Education in Management in Japan

History of Our University

Hitotsubashi University began in 1875 when Arinori Mori founded a private school, Shoho Koshujo (the Commercial Training School), in Owari-cho, in Tokyo's Ginza district. With assistance from Eiichi Shibusawa, Takashi Masuda, Tetsunosuke Tomita, and Genichiro Fukuchi, prominent members of the Tokyo business world, all agreed that the cultivation of businesspeople armed with knowledge and a critical mind was an urgent task.

Shoho refers to the methods or techniques of commerce. At the time of the school’s inception the focus was on the three principles of “penmanship, paper based calculations, and reading.” Early on, and together with bookkeeping, commercial products, English, and business mathematics, such subjects as political economic science and business history were also studied.

The Commercial Training School underwent several name changes, from Higher Commercial School (1887) to the Tokyo University of Commerce (1920), and then after the Second World War it took its present name of Hitotsubashi University in 1949. In 1930, following the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the main campus also moved from Kanda Hitotsubashi where it had been since 1885, to its current location in Kunitachi.

History of HMBA

Our MBA Program HMBA has its roots in the Management Master’s Program established in 1996. The current MBA program started in 2000 and takes over the traditions of the Commercial Training School, emphasizing the teaching of modern business methods and taking on a wider and more comprehensive business perspective.

We have incessantly strengthened the quality of the program. One of our efforts is the introduction of a new sub-program exclusively for international students, starting in 2012.

We constantly take up other challenges to adapt to changing business environments in the world. For example, we have set up some classes in English basically taught by faculty from all over the world. We also actively invite proficient real-world practitioners such as top management and consultants to HMBA classes.