Activities

EDUCATION

NON-LIFE INSURANCE EDUCATIONAL COURSES

The institute holds the following courses for the purpose of providing education and training principally to those who are engaged in the non-life insurance business.

Introductory Course

The purpose of the Introductory Course is to acquire basic knowledge essential to the practice of insurance by conducting repeated web drills. It is recommended for those about to begin insurance related work, or those interested in learning about insurance.

Regular/Basic Course

The institute's main training course is the one-year Regular Course, which aims to provide in-depth knowledge of non-life insurance theory and practice. It currently consists of 16 subjects, such as Principles of Insurance, Insurance Laws, Risk Management and Financial Science. Initiated in 1953, the regular course is mandatory for every managerial career track employee in most insurance companies. Certificates are awarded to participants who have completed the course and passed the examinations.
In addition, the basic course, less extensive than the regular course, was initiated in 2011 for those employees who have limited job scope. The course consists of five subjects that are studied over seven months.
In the 2015 term, 674 people undertook the regular course and 756 undertook the basic course. In order to provide educational support to a much wider cross-section of the industry, the courses are now widely open, not only to Japanese and foreign insurers doing business in Japan, but also to cooperatives and intermediaries.

Advanced Course

The Advanced Course was launched in 2014 to provide enhanced underwriting and service skills to middle-level employees. Participants study three or more subjects out of a possible eight during a maximum period of three years. In 2015, the cumulative total number of people that undertook the Advanced Course was 1,054.

Specific Course

This course is aimed at providing advanced education on specific issues of non-life insurance and related fields. It covers many different subjects and each subject comprises several sessions that are presented at varying intervals during the year. Applicants are free to select subjects depending on their interests and needs.
We offer several innovative courses which provide practical training through in-depth discussions among small numbers of attendants. In 2015 we launched a new one “Global Corporate Marketing Course” in addition to “Global Corporate Governance Course” and “Global Property Claims Course”, initiated in 2013 and 2014 respectively. In total, 51 people took those three courses.
During the 2015 term, 1,536 people attended Specific Courses held principally in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka on 44 subjects.

Seminars

Seminars are one-day sessions that provide a broad range of specialized knowledge and information directly and indirectly related to insurance. During the 2015 term, 23 lectures were given.
The following are the major seminars given by prominent speakers during 2015:
  • "Revisions of the Civil Code and its Influence on Insurance" by Mr. Tomonobu Yamashita, Professor at Doshisha University Graduate School
In 1995, the institute initiated a series of ENVIRONMENTAL SEMINARS in order to promote industry-wide awareness of issues related to global environmental problems. The seminar in 2015, which was sponsored by The Toa Reinsurance Company, Limited, considered the following subject:
  • “The Forefront of Global Warming” by Ms. Yasuko Kameyama, National Institute for Environmental Studies

Online Courses

To fulfil requests from our customers who cannot participate in person on the courses held in Tokyo, we are now working hard to provide a range of online courses to enhance learning opportunities. In 2015, we provided six seminar courses, three special online courses and all classes of advanced course. As a result, 609 people who live outside the Tokyo area, including several working in foreign countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and South Korea took the courses.

INSURANCE SCHOOL (NON-LIFE) OF JAPAN (ISJ)

PUBLICATION

LIBRARY

The library collection accumulated since the foundation of the institute was completely destroyed during World War II. The rebuilding of the library, which started soon after the war, is deeply indebted to Dr. Kotaro Shida, ex-dean of Meiji University, Dr. Zen-ichi Takiya and Dr. Ikusaburo Shiina all of whom made large donations of books. Since that time, the institute has accumulated an extensive collection of works on non-life insurance subjects, as well as legal, economic and other fields. Currently the library comprises some 19,000 volumes and 460 periodicals.
The institute's library is used not only by employees of non-life insurance companies, but is also widely used by scholars, students and those from various fields seeking information concerning non-life insurance. Enquiries can be made through the Internet, by telephone or by fax, and library staff will carry out a search and recommend appropriate reading material.

RESEARCH

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

The institute conducts extensive research on medium to long-term issues emanating from changes and developments in the economic, social and financial environment surrounding the non-life insurance industry.
The Research Department was set up in July 1990 with the aim of functioning as a think-tank to provide the industry with advice and essential materials for the study of its roles and future direction.
The Main research projects are commissioned by the General Insurance Association of Japan. Research papers are submitted to the Association and its members and also distributed to the rating organization and other related organizations, regulatory authorities (including the FSA), and academia.
During the 2015 term, we conducted two studies on the following subjects:
  • Use of the Internet and Mobile Devices in the Insurance Industries of Other Countries
  • Compensation for Damages in Other Countries
In addition to the above studies, the Research Department publishes quarterly reports on topical subjects. Eight main themes related to the business of non-life insurance being taken up in 2015.

PROMOTION OF STUDY

JUDICIAL CASE STUDY

In addition to the above studies, the Research Department publishes quarterly reports on topical subjects. Eight main themes related to the business of non-life insurance being taken up in 2015.

SUBSIDIES FOR NON-LIFE INSURANCE STUDY

The institute offers subsidies to scholars and graduate students engaged in the study of non-life insurance for their expenditures on books and research. The subsidies have been made available since 1993 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the institute's foundation. Seventy seven beneficiaries had received grants by 2015.

COOPERATION WITH RELATED ORGANIZATIONS

The institute is serving as the secretariat for the Japanese Society of Insurance Science (JSIS: "Nihon-Hoken-Gakkai") from April 1, 2010 to March 2017. The JSIS was established in November 1940 as a nonprofit organization for the purpose of promoting insurance science in Japan. The JSIS aims to promote research and cooperation in insurance science, and to facilitate interactions and exchanges with related academic societies and organizations in Japan and abroad.
Currently, the number of individual members of the JSIS stands at is about 900. For details, see the JSIS's website: http://www.js-is.org/eng.