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An Obituary to Yûichi Shionoya

Bertram Schefold

Professor Yûichi Shionoya, Honorary Member of ESHET, passed away on August 25, 2015. He died at the age of 83 years. He had been President of Hitotsubashi University from 1989-1992, and he served as Director of the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research from 1995-2000. The following laudation was posted on the site of Honorary Members of ESHET in 2007:
“Shionoya, born in 1932, is Emeritus Professor of Economics and former President of Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan. In 1986 he was one of the founders of the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society. He served as the President of the Schumpeter Society from 1990-92 and organized the famous conference in Kyoto in 1992.

Shionoya has emphasized in his works that Schumpeter understood the essence of the German Historical School (GHS) as comprising a belief in the unity of social life and the inseparable relationship among its components and a concern for development. From these evolutionary and comparative perspectives follow other crucial concepts such as history, ethics, and institutions. Shionoya’s contributions focus on Max Weber and Schumpeter as the creative successors of the GHS who developed economic sociology or Sozialoekonomik as a characteristic methodology designed to overcome the controversy on method between Gustav Schmoller and Carl Menger in a synthesis of theory and “reasoned” history.
Shionoya has also emphasized philosophical aspects of economics which may come out best in his …


  1. Introduction
  2. Yûichi Shionoya on Max Weber And The Youngest Generation of the German Historical School
  3. Yûichi Shionoya’s Framework and the Nature of His Late Interest in the Romanticism of Ruskin