Niigata Sangyo University

Learn in the Region, Empower the Region

Educational Philosophy

campusThe predecessor to Niigata Sangyo University, Kashiwazaki Vocational College, was opened on June 2, 1947. This was just two months after the Fundamental Law of Education came into force in Japan. Our founder, Kyohei Shimojo, founded the college based on his sense of mission, a conviction that the reconstruction and development of postwar Japan and the construction of a peaceful, happy society depended on the education of young people. He called this educational philosophy “the establishment of the independent self.” This founding spirit and principle have been passed on to Niigata Sangyo University, and are reflected in the stated purpose of our founding: “The ultimate goal of education is to establish the self as independent through the cultivation of human nature, and the development of the ability to contribute creatively to society with the sensibility of the new era.

Educational Goals

  • To foster independent people who can learn by themselves, think by themselves, and act by themselves.
  • To foster people who can master the basics of academia, gain a broad education, and respond independently to the rapidly-changing society.
  • Through practical education, to foster people who can contribute to local society through an awareness of themselves as members of society.

Mission of the Faculty of Economics

To foster people who will be strong and independent supports for local society and companies.

Mission of the Graduate School of Economics

To foster people who can stimulate economic and social development.

Introduction to Faculty and Graduate School

Outline of the Faculty

The purpose of the Faculty of Economics is to conduct practical research and education that incorporates local regional issues in order to foster talented people in the local community, based around the pillars of both liberal arts and specialist fields in economics, business administration, and cultural economics.

[image]Department of Economics & Business Management,Faculty of Economics

Department of Economics & Business Administration,
Faculty of Economics

The Department of Economics & Business Administration aims to foster people with both vitality and the wisdom and power of creative ingenuity. We teach a balance of economics and management studies, developing the abilities to judge situations and the practical skills to carry out company activities as both employees and members of society.
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[image]Department of Cultural Economics,Faculty of Economics

Department of Cultural Economics,
Faculty of Economics

The Department of Cultural Economics focuses its teaching on cultural economics, an academic field that is about protecting culture, a social asset, using it to enrich lifestyles and useful for society, using on the education received in the Faculty of Economics as a foundation.
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Outline of the Graduate School

The Graduate School of Niigata Sangyo University provides opportunities for advanced study and research in order to foster people who will play leading roles in the development of regional society, including leading industrialists in the local area, local authority officials, and leading teachers in secondary education. We also provide opportunities for the retraining of adults active in a range of different fields within society, and lifelong learning for the local community. We are a practical-oriented graduate school that, through our two-year courses, provides education that contributes to improving the ability to judge situations, the ability to make decisions, and the ability to manage that are required of those people who will take leading roles in the region.

Surrounding Environment



Our university is located in the city of Kashiwazaki, almost in the middle of Niigata Prefecture. Flanked by the mountains and the sea, Kashiwazaki is a scenic city of about 90,000 people. The area has long flourished as a transport hub, being both a post-station town on the Hokkoku Road and a port of call for coastal trading ships. This convenient location has helped the chijimi cloth market flourish, developing a rich economy and traditional culture. During Japan’s early modernization, the discovery of oil in Kashiwazaki brought numerous oil companies to the region, which further encouraged the growth of the machinery and metal industry, forming the foundations of its current industry.


Kashiwazaki has fifteen swimming beaches along its 42-km coastline. Including the Kujiranami swimming beach, which has been selected as one of Japan’s Hundred Best Beaches, there are also the Banjin and West Banjin Beaches, which have been selected by the Ministry of the Environment to include in its Hundred Pleasant Swimming Spots. The water quality, the beauty of the coast, and the safety of the water, with local lifeguards permanently stationed, are some of the reasons for their popularity.

[image]water polo teams

number of water polo teams in Kashiwazaki, from elementary school students to adults. The adults team, Water Polo Club Kashiwazaki (Bourbon KZ), has members who play at an international level, making their mark on the history of “Kashiwazaki, the Water Polo Town.”

Support for International Students


Study support

Tutors provide individual language instruction based on the international student’s abilities and level. There are also study sessions to learn about living in Japan, and field trips to learn about Japanese culture.

Exchange activities support

We have a number of different social events throughout the year to encourage interaction between international students, Japanese students, and local residents, including the Welcome Party, the Ball Games, and the Christmas Party, as well as the Speech Contest and food stalls at the University Festival. Extracurricular activities for international students include the Arts and Culture Club for learning Japanese culture, the Mongolian Wrestling Club, and the Sino-Japanese Communication Circle.

Economic support

Up to 50% of tuition and other fees can be waived following a screening. International students can also receive housing subsidies and transport subsidies for one year after their entrance, following a screening. There are also a range of scholarships available for top students.

Housing support

We provide information on apartments in Kashiwazaki for students who have never been to Japan before. The university and international student tutors also offer support for ensuring accommodation.




Niigata Sangyo University

4730 Karuigawa, Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture
Ph.: 0257-24-1180
Fax: 0257-22-1300
E-mail: (International Center)

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Time required from major cities

From Niigata to Kashiwazaki
From Tokyo to Kashiwazaki