Japan's Sustainability Development Challenges and Solutions

Program Dates: May 14, 2023 - May 25, 2023

The course aims to develop knowledge of Japan's sustainability issues and innovative solutions to these problems. Five SDG areas present major challenges for Japan: SDGs 3, 4, 5, 11 & 13. Several innovative sustainable development solutions have helped the country deal with these challenges, including smart cities, artificial intelligence, and robotics. This course teaches students valuable lessons about achieving these sustainable development goals through innovative solutions. Students who complete this course will be able to contribute to making Japan and the world a better place.  

You can learn more about the program here.



Japan is an island country in East Asia. It is situated in the northwest Pacific Ocean, and is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, while extending from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, and Taiwan in the south. Japan is a part of the Ring of Fire, and spans an archipelago of 6852 islands covering 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 sq mi); the five main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu (the "mainland"), Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is the nation's capital and largest city, followed by Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Kobe, and Kyoto.

Japan is a highly developed country, and a great power in global politics. Its economy is the world's third-largest by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest by PPP. Although Japan has renounced its right to declare war, the country maintains Self-Defense Forces that rank as one of the world's strongest militaries. After World War II, Japan experienced record growth in an economic miracle, becoming the second-largest economy in the world by 1972 but has stagnated since 1995 in what is referred to as the Lost Decades. Japan has the world's highest life expectancy, though it is experiencing a decline in population. A global leader in the automotive, robotics and electronics industries, the country has made significant contributions to science and technology. The culture of Japan is well known around the world, including its art, cuisine, film, music, and popular culture, which encompasses prominent comic, animation and video game industries. It is a member of numerous international organizations, including the United Nations (since 1956), OECD, G20 and Group of Seven. (Source: Wikipedia)



Program participans will choose between the following courses. 

Course Prefix

Course Name



BUS 4055

Advanced International Sustainable Business Seminar Abroad


Charlie Chen

MBA 5020

Japan - International Experience


Charlie Chen


Faculty Leaders

Dr. Charlie Chen
Department of Computer Information Systems


Charlie C. Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Management Information Systems from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Chen is a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at Appalachian State University. His current research interests are business analytics, project management and supply chain management. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified by the Project Management Institute since 2006. He has authored 4 books, more than 100 referred articles and proceedings, presented at many professional conferences and venues. Dr. Chen has published in journals such as International Journal of Project Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Behaviour and Information Technology, Communications of Association for Information Systems, and Journal of Global Information Technology Management. Dr. Chen dedicates himself to be a transnational scholar and is a trip leader for study abroad programs in China, Japan, Spain, Taiwan and Thailand. He was a visiting faculty at Zhejiang University in China, Thammasat University in Thailand, and Gakushuin Women's College in Japan.

Ms. Amy Odom
Executive Director
Business Career Services


Amy Odom serves as the Executive Director of Business Career Services in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. In this role, she directs the department to cultivate aspiring business leaders by delivering professional, leadership and career development opportunities. The objective of her leadership is to inspire and engage business students and connect their academic experience to the business world. Amy has an extensive background in the events and hospitality industry; executing large format corporate events and real estate and development launches. Amy’s true passion is the development and success of women in business. She serves as the Advisor and Program Director to Women of Walker; a professional development program for female business students. She has led over 200 women through the program since 2014. 

Amy serves on the Watauga Women in Leadership board, working to empower local female business leaders. Amy is a double App State alumna earning her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts  and Master of Arts in Higher Education and 23 year resident of the High Country in Boone, NC. In her free time Amy enjoys camping and hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband, Michael, her son, Benry and two dogs, Bay and Lucy. 


Program Cost: $4,650

Program cost includes airfare, meals, lodging, in-country transportation. 

Estimated Additional Expenses


Undergraduate Tuition - Resident

$152.54 / credit hour

Undergraduate Tuition - Non-Resident

$172.54 / credit hour

Graduate Tuition - Resident

$187.54 / credit hour

Graduate Tuition - Non-Resident

$207.54 / credit hour

Personal Expenses




Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. 

Payment Schedule





 Upon receipt of application

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Payment 3



Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.


Application Process

  1. In order to apply for this program, you will need to contact one of the program leaders and provide your Banner ID and email address. Program leaders may request additional information or a meeting to discuss the details of the program and your interest.
  2. When permission to apply for the program is granted, you will receive an email from the program leaders with a link to the application and further instructions.
  3. Your application will be considered complete when you have submitted it and paid the $300 deposit fee. The fee cannot be paid until it appears on your student account. Please note that it may take 2–3 business days for it to post to your account. You will receive an email with Instructions for paying the deposit fee. Instructions can also be found in the application.