|Established||1880/1883, 1889, or 1903 [see text]|
|President||Toshio Masuda (増田壽男, Masuda Toshio)|
|Campus||Urban and suburban|
|Colors||Orange and purple|
The university originated in a school of law, Tōkyō Hōgakusha (東京法学社, i.e. Tokyo company of law), established in 1880, and the following year renamed Tōkyō Hōgakkō (東京法学校, i.e. Tokyo school of law). This was from 1883 headed by Dr. Gustave Emile Boissonade, and was heavily influenced by the French legal tradition. It merged in 1889 with a school of French studies, Tōkyō Futsugakkō (東京仏学校, i.e. Tokyo French school), that had been founded three years earlier. It adopted the name Hosei University (法政大学, Hōsei daigaku, i.e. Tokyo university of law and politics) in 1903 and was recognized as a private university in 1920.
In addition, Hosei University belongs to Tokyo Big6 Baseball League. The league is one of the most traditional college sports leagues in Japan. Hosei University is popular for high school students. Hosei University got 3rd in the number of applicants among Japanese universities in 2008, 2009 and 2011(92,819). Hosei University ranked 100 at Global Executives 2013 top 100 by The Times Higher Education.
Hosei has three main campuses, which it calls Ichigaya, Koganei, and Tama. The Ichigaya campus is halfway between Ichigaya and Iidabashi stations in central Tokyo; its 26-story Boissonade Tower, completed in 2000, can be seen from either station. The campus has a city flavour but is still somewhat isolated from central Tokyo; the nearby presence of Yasukuni Shrine also contributes.
Schools (by campus)
- Faculty of Law (法学部, Hōgakubu)
- Faculty of Letters (文学部, Bungakubu)
- Faculty of Business Administration (経営学部, Keieigakubu)
- Faculty of Intercultural Communication (国際文化学部, Kokusai-bunka-gakubu)
- Faculty of Humanity and Environment (人間環境学部, Ningen-kankyō-gakubu)
- Faculty of Lifelong Learning and Career Studies (キャリアデザイン学部, Kyaria-dezain-gakubu)
- Faculty of Engineering and Design (デザイン工学部, Dezain-kōgakubu)
- Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS, グローバル教養学部, Gurōbaru-kyōyō-gakubu) (from 2008)
- Institute of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (IGIS, グローバル学際研究インスティテュート, Gurōbaru-gakusai-kenkyū-insutityūto)
- Sports Science Institute (SSI, スポーツサイエンスインスティテュート, Supōtsu-saiensu-insutityūto)
- Graduate School of Humanities (人文科学研究科, Jinbun-kagaku-kenkyūka)
- Graduate School of Economics (経済学研究科, Keizaigaku-kenkyūka)
- Graduate School of Law (法学研究科, Hōgaku-kenkyūka)
- Graduate School of Politics (政治学研究科, Seijigaku-kenkyūka)
- Graduate School of Sociology (社会学研究科, Shakaigaku-kenkyūka)
- Graduate School of Business Administration (経営学研究科, Keieigaku-kenkyūka)
- Graduate School of Policy Sciences (政策科学研究科, Seisaku-kagaku-kenkyūka)
- Graduate School of Environmental Management (環境マネジメント研究科, Kankyō-manejimento-kenkyūka)
- Graduate School of Intercultural Communication (国際文化研究科, Kokusai-bunka-kenkyūka)
- International Japan-Studies Institute (国際日本学インスティテュート, Kokusai-nihongaku-insutityūto)
- Law School (法科大学院, Hōka-daigakuin)
- Business School of Innovation Management (イノベーション・マネジメント研究科, Inobēshon-manejimento-kenkyūka)
- Faculty of Economics (経済学部, Keizaigakubu)
- Faculty of Social Sciences (社会学部, Shakaigakubu)
- Faculty of Social Policy and Administration (現代福祉学部, Gendai-fukushi-gakubu)
- Graduate School of Social Well-Being Studies (人間社会研究科, Ningen-shakai-kenkyūka)
- Faculty of Engineering (工学部, Kōgakubu) (being phased out)
- Faculty of Science and Engineering (理工学部, Rikōgakubu) (from 2008)
- Faculty of Bioscience and Applied Chemistry (生命科学部, Seimeikagakubu) (from 2008)
- Faculty of Computer and Information Science (情報科学部, Jōhōkagakubu)
- Graduate School of Engineering (工学研究科, Kōgaku-kenkyūka)
- Graduate School of Computer and Information Science (情報科学研究科, Jōhōkagaku-kenkyūka)
- Mizuhito Akiyama, author
- Chiho Aoshima, artist
- Mew Azama, model and actress
- Satoshi Dezaki, anime director
- Yukihiro Doi, racing cyclist
- Shu Fujisawa, author
- Sadayoshi Fukuda, philosopher and critic
- Takuya Honda, football player
- Tomoko Hoshino, actress
- Norihiro Inoue, actor
- Kosuke Ito, politician
- Mitsuaki Iwagō, photographer
- Hideo Jinpu, politician
- Yukio Jitsukawa, politician
- Emi Kaneko, politician
- Hiroh Kikai, photographer
- Shin Kishida, actor*
- Hiroto Kōmoto, singer*
- Aki Maeda, actress
- Masao Maruyama, film producer
- Michiko Matsumoto, photographer
- Shinpei Matsushita, politician
- Takayuki Mikami, karate player
- Kyohei Morita, rugby player
- Katsuhito Nakazato, photographer
- Yuka Sato, figure skater
- Midori Sawato, film narrator
- Yoshihide Suga, politician
- Haruka Takachiho, author
- Kazunori Tanaka, politician
- Tadashi Wakabayashi, baseball player
- Yōsuke Yamahata, photographer*
- Taku Yamamoto, politician
- Yoshio Yatsu, politician
- Shuichi Yoshida, novelist
- Yasumi Matsuno, video game creator*
- Hu Han Min, Chinese revolutionist, acting for Dr Sun Yat-sun as generalissimo, first Chairman of Central Executive Committee of Kuomintang (Nanjing).
* dropped out before graduation
Notable faculty members
With what they taught (or teach), which may be different from what they are more widely known for.
The university's baseball team plays as one of the Tokyo Big Six league.
- Message from the President (English). Accessed 2008-11-16.
- Message from the President (Japanese). Accessed 2008-11-16.
- Rounded to the nearest hundred from information given on this page (Japanese) of the university website, which gives information for May 1, 2008. Accessed 2008-11-16.
- Mizuhito Kanehara, "Watakushi to toshokan (?)," Haru dayori 44 April 2004. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
- Profile at Kaikai Kiki. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
- Event announcement, Hosei University. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
- Interview with Fujisawa, Mainichi Shimbun. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
- Hyōronka jinmei-jiten (評論家人名事典) / Japanese critics and commentators: A biographical dictionary (Tokyo: Nichigai Associates, 1990; ISBN 4-8169-1002-6).
- Page about Honda, Hosei University. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
- Profile of Hoshino at "Atelier Duncan" agency. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
- Profile on Ito's website. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
- Potted biography of Iwagō, Illume, Tepco. (Japanese) Accessed 2010-09-02.
- Profile on Jinpu's website. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
- Profile on Jitsukawa's website. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
- Profile on Kaneko's website. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
- Profile of Kikai, Fujifilm, 2007. (Japanese) Accessed 2010-09-02.
- Page about Matsumoto at Toki no Wasuremono. (Japanese) Accessed 2010-09-26.
- Profile on Matsushita's website. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
- Nakazato's profile at Tokyo Zokei University. (Japanese) Accessed 2010-09-03.
- Profile of Yamahata, JPS. (Japanese) Accessed 2010-09-02.
- Profile at Hosei. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
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