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Today, an MBA, continues to be a much sought-after qualification, with many CEOs and company presidents, especially those at U.S. and European firms, possessing MBAs.

This year has seen a 13 percent rise in global MBA hiring, and continues the steady annual increases that have been seen over the last decade. To put things into perspective, MBA hiring levels are now three times higher than pre-2007 financial crisis levels, according to QS TopMBA.com.

In the Asia Pacific region, MBA hiring increased 18 percent in 2017, significantly higher than the predicted 13 percent. However, as this market reaches maturity, employers expect the increase in hiring to slow down to 7 percent in 2018 and 2 percent in 2019, according to QS TopMBA.com.

An average total compensation figure in Asia Pacific was $85,900 in 2017, slightly down from the 2016 figure of $89,000, due to lower bonus payments. Highlights in terms of total compensation packages include Australia ($116,200), Singapore ($105,300) and Japan ($80,000), according to QS TopMBA.com.

In Japan, the value of qualified people with MBAs is stressed more and more in an increasingly globalizing society.

In the past, many Japanese business professionals traveled abroad to obtain their MBAs, but there are also excellent business schools in Japan, offering programs that are second to none.

Some business schools in Japan offer highly rated MBA programs with instruction conducted exclusively, or partially, in English.

Below, please find some information compiled by The Japan Times on some of the quality MBA programs available in Japan.

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