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Game Theory and Economics Seminar
~Acquiring theoretical thinking~

Ryo Tsuzuki
4th year student at the School of Commerce

Demonstrating the proposition of kidney transplant matching problems (in the photo is third year student Ryo Nishiyama)

In the "Game Theory and Economics Seminar" (Professor Hiroo Sasaki), we are aiming to acquire firm theoretical thinking through the study of game theory and economics. If you are an eager student, I believe you will definitely cultivate your skills and become stronger mentally.

Immediately after being accepted to the Sasaki Seminar, in order to be well-versed in the mathematics necessary for faculty second year students to deeply understand economics, you participate in a mathematics study group taken by graduate school students. Here, everyone receives a baptism for the seminar. It was hard for me at the time as well, but now I feel a yearning for the strict guidance I received every day, week-in and week-out. Before long, on becoming a third year, everybody presents the book they are in charge of. Because Professor Sasaki is a logical and devoted person, he thoroughly shows us the logical course. Accordingly, he is sure to point out if the development of the logic is even a little strange, so the presenter must prepare his logic accurately when putting it together.

In doing so, you can definitely deepen logical thinking and strengthen yourself mentally.

Our seminar has its own forte. That is researching the power indices of cooperative game theory application. Power indices represent, in numerical values, the strength of influential power wielded by voters, and in the past, my seniors have written graduation theses on various themes related to this, and our seminar has continued winning the first prize in the "Waseda Commerce" student essay contest.

After graduation, many students choose to continue on to graduate school, and while some decide to remain under the tutelage of Professor Sasaki, others also choose to pursue different fields of research. Among those are seniors who completed their Master's degree under Professor Sasaki and continued on to doctoral courses at graduate schools in America on high-paying scholarships. However, continuing onto graduate school isn't a must. I think that many people enter master's courses on their own accord in order to acquire skills for working and being active in society.

As Professor Sasaki often said, I think it is important to train your brain when you are young and your mind is flexible. Because this seminar has an excellent atmosphere for studying, I strongly recommend it to eager students.