Student Interviews


Yang XIUQISince I was a child, I have been interested in thinking about the reasons behind things. After touching upon various subjects, I discovered that economics was a great match since economics can explain almost all phenomena and it is also the drive behind everything. As a result, I majored in Economics at National Chengchi University, one of the most prestigious universities in Taiwan.
When I was taking Public Finance in the third year, Professor Guo-Liang Chen, who had taught at Tokyo University for five years, taught me not only professional knowledge but also the economic and financial situation of Japan. What left the strongest impression on me was that Japan’s external debt is as high as 200% of its GDP but it still has not shown signs of going bankrupt. As a result, I became much interested in Japan’s economy. Compared with the European sovereign-debt crisis in 2012 in which the southern European countries went bankrupt with an external debt of 150% of the GDP, Japan can sustain such a huge debt and still continue to operate. I am intrigued by how Japan has managed to do this. On the other hand, since the 2008 financial crisis, America used Quantitative easing, which was the main cause of the rise in the Japanese yen. However, this also meant that investors considered the yen a safe currency, and I was curious about which factors contributed to such a judgment. The above phenomena has piqued my interest in going to Japan to pursue advanced theories and analysis as well as to find the answers to these questions.
In university, I learned fundamental Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and other economics-related courses such as Managerial Economics. Though I have been trained and equipped myself with basic knowledge of Economics in university, I felt that it’s insufficient if I wanted to understand the Japanese economy more in-depth. Kyushu University is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. It has excellent faculty, and the academic reputation is highly regarded. The masters program in the Graduate School of Economic Engineering emphasizes using mathematical techniques to perform theoretical and empirical analyses and finding solutions to real-world problems. Student could learn how to build theoretical models, which they then use to find solutions to real-world problems, examining major contemporary issues in different areas. For someone who wishes to gain even better research skills, the Graduate School of Economic Engineering is an idea choice.