Financial Support for Research Activities:
For the 2003 and 2004 academic years, we provided a total of over 20 million yen in research aid to 51 doctoral students. Let us say that, through this financial support, the research environment for young scholars has improved remarkably, facilitating studies and surveys once difficult to do under previous funding constraints. Yet, in order to obtain the funding for this support program, doctoral students need to pass a rigorous screening examination, which scrutinizes not only research topics and techniques but rigorously examines both the level and standard of research as well. Moreover, young scholars who have received financial support are required to submit the results of their research.
Provisions for Database Use:
We manage a database lab, complete with “Compustat”, “Nikkei NEEDS Financial Quest”, “Abstract” and other databases, and our personal computers, with software such as SPSS (statistical processing software), MATLAB (software for analyzing data) and other programs, are always available for use. Whereas the possibility for arranging database access was problematic for individuals in the past, these current provisions are further enhancing the quality of present research activities.
Participation in Collaborative Research:
As part of our education, we have young scholars in various ongoing research projects participate actively within this core program and encourage a mode of training that emphasizes hands-on research.