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  • Locations: Chiba, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Winter Session
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Elective Abroad
Language(s) of Instruction: English Eligible Populations: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel Academic Highlights: Cultural Studies
Program Advisor: Alexandra Nesbeda
Program Description:

EPS3524 Made in Japan: Culture & Opportunities

UG Japan 2019 - Enkai

Yasuhiro Yamakawa, Associate Professor

Winter Session 2020


Important Dates

Information Session

Information Session Dates

Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Luksic 101


Application Deadlines

Application Opens

Monday, April 8, 2019, 4:00 PM ET

Initial Application Deadline

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 11:59 PM ET

Rolling Application Opens

Monday, April 29, 2019, 9:00 AM ET

Rolling Application Deadline

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 11:59 PM ET
(Applications reviewed at the end of the month: May-July)

Mandatory Course Dates

No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.



Pre-Departure Class #1 (Updated)
Saturday, October 19, 2019
1:00 - 5:00 PM ET
Tomasso 202

Pre-Departure Class #2
Saturday, November 16, 2019
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM ET
Tomasso 202


Course Travel: Saturday, January 4 - Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Class Dates: Sunday, January 5 (evening) - Monday, January 13, 2020 (evening)


Deliverables due within a week after final day of course

Academic Overview

Course Description

This course is built on two major themes. 

(1) Institutional Environment: Provide students a chance to experience, and have an in-depth look at Japan’s institutional environment (i.e., formal and informal rules of the game) – focusing on its unique culture and advanced technology. Students will have opportunities to examine this through various dimensions that constitute the country’s institutional environment today (e.g., metropolitan vs. suburban, modern-contemporary vs. old-fashioned, global vs. local, product vs. service, high vs. low tech). 

(2) Entrepreneurship and Opportunity: Encourage students to practice Entrepreneurial Thought and Action (ET&A) within the institutional environment (e.g., social, political, cultural) in Japan. Students will work in teams to conduct observations, identify problems and opportunities, design an entrepreneurial initiative, and assess its impact (including stakeholder analysis) and feasibility – in various contexts/perspectives (e.g., location, industry, interest/theme). 

Faculty Video

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Course Information

Course Type

Advanced Elective


4 credits


Sophomore, Junior, or Senior.

Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for duration of the course.

Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by time of travel.



Course Documents

EPS3524 Made in Japan Syllabus v1.pdf  |  EPS3524 Made in Japan - Sample Itinerary.pdf  |  Information Session Materials

Academic Accommodations

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.

Course Logistics


Tokyo & Chiba, Japan


  • Students will be staying in 3-4 star hotels in Tokyo and Chiba during the course in double occupancy rooms.
  • Students are housed in double rooms based on the same gender/gender identity.
  • Students interested in requesting housing accommodations on an Elective Abroad, should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.


International Flight (Not Included in Program Fee)

Students will be responsible for booking their own international flight to/from Tokyo (NRT or HND). A recommended international flight itinerary will be provided to students registered for the course. Students are responsible for booking their own flight AFTER the course has been confirmed to run (i.e. participant minimum number is reached). The international flight cost is not included in the program fee. 

  • Arrival Airport Code: NRT or HND
  • Departure Airport Code: NRT or HND

Local Transportation

The program fee includes the following transportation: charter bus, local train, and subway tickets.


Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation around the city and to do significant walking.


  • Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
  • The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner and alumni reception.
  • Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.
  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.
Electives Abroad Cost Elements

Estimated Total Cost:  $5,000 + Tuition (4 credits)

Program Fee: $2,600

  • Included: Accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation, planned program meals and cultural excursions.
  • Not included: Tuition, international flight, visa costs, additional meals, and personal expenses. 
  • Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.
  • Cancellation Policy: All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.

Babson Tuition: 4-Credits

  • Winter Session tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2019-2020 credit rate ($1,644 per credit). Each Elective Abroad is 4 credits. Winter tuition is separate from fall and spring tuition charges, however, you may qualify for a tuition adjustment in a future year.
  • To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Travel & Meals: $2,400

  • Airfare (Individual estimated to/from BOS): $1,500
  • Estimated Additional Meals: $500
  • Estimated Incidentals: $400
    • Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on estimated expenses from the 2018-2019 course to Japan.
    • Expenses may be higher or lower depending on student's meal preferences.
  • Visa (if applicable)
    • All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Japan (including countries transited through) before committing to the course.
    • Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.

Grants & Scholarships

Contact Information

Lead Faculty

Yasu Yamakawa  

Professor Yasu Yamakawa

Dr. Yamakawa is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College. He received his Bachelor of Laws from Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), obtained his M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management (Claremont, CA), and completed his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship at the School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX). Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Dr. Yamakawa spent ten years working in Japan’s utility and telecommunication industries where he engaged in numerous corporate venturing activities and entrepreneurial start-ups. Dr. Yamakawa teaches in the areas/intersections of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and International Business. He comes from a multi-cultural background, having lived in eight different countries around the world.

Dr. Yamakawa’s research explores the stimulants and constraints behind entrepreneurial learning and growth. His current research interests include: Learning from entrepreneurial failure, dilemmas inherent in corporate venturing activities, failure of industry emergence, and bankruptcy laws and entrepreneurship development around the world. Dr. Yamakawa has presented his research at leading academic conferences such as Academy of Management Conference, Academy of International Business Conference, and Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. His paper, “Entrepreneurship and the barrier to exit: How does entrepreneur-friendly bankruptcy law affect entrepreneurship development at the societal level?” won the Best Paper Award from the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, for exploring the public issue of importance to the entrepreneurial community. His paper, “How does experience of previous entrepreneurial failure impact future entrepreneurship?” was selected Best Paper Proceedings and as Carolyn Dexter Award finalist. His paper, “Revitalizing and learning from failure for future entrepreneurial growth” won the Irene M. McCarthy Best Paper Award. Dr. Yamakawa’s work has been published in leading Entrepreneurship/Management journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Small Business Economics, and Management International Review.


Program Manager

Alex Nesbeda  

Alex Nesbeda 

Alex Nesbeda, Senior Program Manager for the Short-Term Programs team, manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience for the undergraduate and graduate student populations. She is the program manager for undergraduate Electives Abroad in Japan, Germany, Uruguay/Argentina, and Israel; the undergraduate Elective Away in Manhattan; the graduate Elective Abroad in Italy; and the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience in Tanzania. She also handles the risk management for the Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (ADE) program.


Course Administrator

David Graham  

David Graham

David Graham was first hired to Babson College as a Zamboni driver in 1997.  After three years at the Babson Skating Center, Dave accepted a position at Central Services running the Shipping and Receiving department.

During his time with the college, he has taken on a multitude of different roles. Being an avid hockey fan and player, he began coaching the men’s club hockey team in 2003.  In 2005, he expanded his role to include the women’s team as well and is always looking forward to the next season. Other college activities include: commencement host, alumni weekend volunteer, skating school instructor, assisting Facilities with snow removal during winter storms, part-time Zamboni driver, and high school/college referee.



Waseda University created a video of Professor Yamakawa's "Design Thinking" class held for Babson College and Waseda University students in January 2018. Check out the video below or visit the website for more information and photos (in Japanese).




Professor Yamakawa loves 'failure' which is exactly why he makes us immerse ourselves in the Japanese culture and lets us learn through our failures. Today we got to experience Shodo, which is Japanese calligraphy and is a form of art here in Japan. We definitely 'failed' but the instructors assured us that even in the errors to perfect the small characters we were able to highlight our own personas. We also got a chance to make our own sushi and even though each roll we made wasn’t as great as our instructors, we learned a lot about the precision and the different aspects that go into creating one simple roll of sushi that we chowed down in seconds. Gotcha So Summer (this is the easy English phonetic way of saying: ‘that was a delicious and great meal’)! #Babson #BabsonAbroad #BabsonElectivesAbroad #BabsonGlavinOffice #Japan

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