Zemi Activities

How the Zemi works


  • Spring Semester: Wednesday 5th and 6th period (register for period 4, 5)
  • Fall Semester: Wednesday 4th and 5th period
  • Sub-seminar sessions are decided by students.


  • Spring Semester: Wednesday 4*, 5th and 6th period (register for periods 4, 5)
  • Fall Semester: Wednesday 4th and 5th period
  • Sub-seminar sessions are decided by students.

Hiyoshi PEARL students are able to attend the seminar sessions real-time via Zoom (on Hiyoshi campus, meet in one room) due to the clash in schedule with mandatory language classes during their 2nd year. 

Attendance is mandatory, but flexible if job hunting/intern for seniors. 


*Seniors may use this time to work on their graduation thesis, create lesson plans/presentations, important announcements, etc. 

Our seminar studies concepts of International Economics using R (programming language). 

First Semester of the Seminar: Every week, there will be a lecture given by the professor and corresponding exercises to work on. Seniors are available for assistance. There may be small group work, such as homework exercises. Moreover, students are encouraged to form groups and a research proposal for the upcoming group research project.

Second Semester of the Seminar: Juniors are split into groups and form a hypothesis that they will study using R. This forms the basis of their group research project. Eventually, students will write a group research paper, with advice and help from Professor Kiyota and senior students. One group research paper will be submitted as Kiyota Seminar’s entry to the Mitasai competition.

Third & Fourth Semester of the Seminar: Seniors will be expected to write a paper on their own using the knowledge they have gained during their third year. Additionally, they are expected to guide and assist junior students such as making supplementary materials and presentations.

Inzemis are seminar sessions in collaboration with other seminars. During these sessions, students from various seminars present their research methods, progress and outcomes. It is a great opportunity to recieve feedback on your research progress, meet like-minded students, and to learn about economic research.

Past inzemi sessions include:

  • Hitotsubashi University (Sugita Seminar)
  • University of Tokyo (Furusawa Seminar)
  • Kyoto University (Jinji Seminar)
  • Keio University (Kimura Seminar, Sasahara Seminar)

These are unofficial meetings set by students. Students typically discuss lecture contents and weekly exercises, or make progress on their group research. It is highly recommended to initiate and attend sub-zemi session, especially during the lead-up to the Mitasai paper submission date. 

Seminar members present their research papers at the Kiyota Seminar booth at Mitasai. 

One paper gets chosen to be sent to the Mitasai competition. 

Junior students are expected to carry out their roles in the zemi, with the support of the senior students. Roles are determined by the students.

Below are the positions with a brief description. These are not set in stone; students may help each other in different roles. 

  • Seminar representative
    • Attending meetings for representatives conducted by Keizemi
    • Maintaining contact with the professor
    • Acting as a moderator if required
    • Assisting other roles if possible 
  • Student recruiter
    • Preparing for information sessions geared towards prospective students. This includes conducting information sessions, making posters, and general promotional activities.
    • Attending on-site information sessions
    • Engaging in general promotional activities
  • Inzemi coordinator
    • Scheduling inzemi sessions with other seminars
    • Contacting other seminar representatives
    • Planning inzemi sessions and ensuring everything goes to plan on the day of
  • Social media and website manager
    • Maintaining active social media channels
    • Maintaining the seminar website
    • Updating SNS and Website
    • Taking pictures to upload
  • Mitasai coordinator
    • Submitting documents and attending meetings related to Mitasai
  • Treasurer
    • Keep a financial record of fees, etc.
    • Collect money/pay on behalf of other students

Keizemi hosts numerous events throughout the year, such as volleyball, softball and futsal tournaments.

There are 2 one-time fees:

  • Keizemi Fee
    • The Keizemi fee is applicable to all students attending the seminar.  This is determined by Keizemi, and amount may change per year.
  • Website Fee
    • The website fee is for hosting this website. It is a shared cost between the seminar members.

R is a free, statistical programming language that is used by data miners, bioinformaticians, and statisticians for data analysis and the development of statistical software.

Since we will be using this at our seminar, it is highly advised to bring a laptop that is able to run this program. More instructions regarding installing the software and such will be provided during the lectures. 

Questions? Feel free to contact us via SNS (Instagram or Twitter), via the contact form on this website, or via email (kiyotazemi@gmail.com) !