Chuo University

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Chuo University
Chuo Unv Tama.JPG
Tama Campus
Established 1885
Type Private
Academic staff 678
Undergraduates 25,474
Postgraduates 1,541
Location Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan
Campus Urban

Chuo University (中央大学 Chūō Daigaku?), literally Central University, is a private university in Tokyo, renowned for its law school. Chuo is one of the most prestigious schools in Japan. The University has four campuses at Tama (Hachiōji), at Korakuen (Bunkyo, Tokyo), at Ichigaya (Shinjuku), and at Ichigaya-Tamachi (Shinjuku). Chuo University has six faculties, ten graduate schools, and nine research institutes. It also operates four high schools and two junior high schools.


Early days: 1885–1920[edit]

Chuo was founded as the English Law School (英吉利法律学校 Igirisu Hōritsu Gakkō?) in 1885 at Kanda in Tokyo by a group of lawyers. Before 1889, the school moved and was renamed to Tokyo College of Law (Tokyo Hōgakuin). The curriculum was changed to reflect the government reform of Japanese law and creation of a new civil code. Opposition to the implementation of new civil code resulted in the government shuttering of the campus journal and the subsequent creation of the Chuo Law Review (Hōgaku Shinpo), which has been regularly published since then.

The university was burnt down in the Great Kanda Fire that occurred in 1892, but was able to hold temporary classes. Before 1903, the school was promoted to Tokyo University of Law (Tokyo Hōgakuin Daigaku) and in 1905, the school expanded itself with the department of economics and renamed itself Chuo University.

The origin of its name "Chuo" has not been certain. However, many founders of the university were once students of the Middle Temple, London, United Kingdom before they completed their training and became qualified as Barristers. This is one of the reasons why the university renamed "Chuo" with its literally meanings: Middle, Center or Central.

Another fire torched the campus in June 1917, but it was rebuilt in August 1918.

Under the old University Ordinance : 1920–1949[edit]

In 1918, Japanese government enacted University Ordinance (Daigaku Rei) that set legal framework of universities except imperial universities established by Imperial University Ordinance. Under this University Ordinance, licenced universities were permitted to issue official degrees. Chuo University was successfully licenced in 1920 with three faculties (law, economics and commerce), graduate schools and preparatory schools.

The 1923 Great Kantō earthquake again reduced the campus to rubble and it was rebuilt and relocated at Kanda-Surugadai in 1926.

In 1944, Engineering College was established.

Reform along with new School Education Act: 1949–1978[edit]

After World War II, Chuo University started a series of reformations along with a new School Education Act of 1947. In 1948, its Correspondence Division was annexed to its Faculty of Law. In 1949, a new university system under the School Education Act of 1947 was applied to Chuo University. Its Engineering College was abolished and new Faculty of Engineering was opened in this year. Its Faculty of Literature was established in 1951. Its Faculty of Engineering took wings and was renamed to Faculty of Science and Engineering in 1962.

New challenges: 1978–[edit]

In 1978, Chuo University's headquarters, four faculties and graduate schools including law, economics, commerce and literature moved to newly established Tama Campus in Hachiōji from Kanda-Suguradai Campus. The Faculty of Science and Engineering and its Graduate School remained in Korakuen Campus. For celebrating its 100th anniversary, in 1988, Chuo University built Surugadai Memorial Hall which is a seven-story building. It is located in a part of the old Kanda-Surugadai Campus.

In 1993, Faculty of Policy Studies was opened in Tama Campus.

Ichigaya Campus was opened in 2000 originally as a satellite downtown campus for graduate schools. However, in 2002, a new professional graduate school, Chuo Graduate School of International Accounting (CGSA), was established at the campus. Another professional graduate school, Chuo Law School (CLS), was also opened at the campus in 2004. The satellite downtown campus function for graduate schools moved to Korakuen Campus and Ichigaya-Tamachi campus, later.

In 2008, Chuo Graduate School of Strategic Management which is a professional graduate school was launched at Korakuen Campus.

Ichigaya-Tamachi Campus in Shinjuku was opened in 2010. CGSA and the Graduate School of Public Policy have moved to this campus.

In 2010, Chuo University celebrated its 125th anniversary and the other university events including the main ceremony on November 13 were held.

Faculties and Graduate schools[edit]


  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Commerce
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Faculty of Literature
  • Faculty of Policy Studies
  • Faculty-Linkage Program(FLP)

Graduate schools[edit]

  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Commerce
  • Graduate School of Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Literature
  • Graduate School of Policy Studies
  • Graduate School of Public Policy

Professional graduate schools[edit]

  • Chuo Graduate School of International Accounting(CGSA)
  • Chuo Law School(CLS)
  • Chuo Graduate School of Strategic Management(CBS)


Tama Campus

The main campus in Tama[edit]

It is located in a short walk distance from the Chūō-Daigaku-Meisei-Daigaku Station of the Tama Monorail, which is reachable from the city with the JR Chūō Line, the Keiō Line and the Odakyū Line.

There are (1) headquarters, (2) all the faculties except the Faculty of Science and Engineering, (3) five graduate schools including law, economics, commerce, literature and policy studies.

The Korakuen campus[edit]

It can be reached from Kasuga Station (Ōedo subway line, Mita subway line), Kōrakuen Station (Marunouchi subway line, Namboku subway line), and Suidōbashi Station (JR Chūō-Sōbu Line).

There are the Faculty of Science and Engineering and its graduate school, and the Chuo Graduate School of Strategic Management (professional graduate school).

The Ichigaya campus[edit]

It is located in Shinjuku ward, Tokyo. It can be reached from Akebonobashi Station (Shinjuku subway line), Yotsuya-sanchōme Station (Marunouchi subway line), and Ichigaya Station (JR Chūō-Sōbu Line, Shinjuku subway line, Namboku subway line, and Yūrakuchō subway line).

There is the Chuo Law School (professional graduate school).

The Ichigaya-Tamachi campus[edit]

It is also located in Shinjuku ward, Tokyo. It is near Ichigaya Station (JR Chūō-Sōbu Line, Shinjuku subway line, Namboku subway line, and Yūrakuchō subway line).

There are the Chuo Graduate School of International Accounting (professional graduate school) and the Graduate School of Public Policy. It also has downtown satellite campus function for graduate schools.

The Surugadai Memorial Hall[edit]

It is located in Chiyoda ward, Tokyo. It can be reached from Ochanomizu Station (JR Chūō-Sōbu Line and Marunouchi subway line).

Famous alumni[edit]




Journalists, Intellectuals[edit]



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Coordinates: 35°42′29″N 139°44′56″E / 35.708143°N 139.748968°E / 35.708143; 139.748968