Asahikawa Medical University

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Asahikawa Medical University
Motto "Improvement of health and welfare in the local community"
Type National university
Established September 1973
President Akitoshi Yoshida
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 842
Postgraduates 141
Location Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
43°43′41″N 142°23′10″E / 43.728056°N 142.38625°E / 43.728056; 142.38625
Campus Urban,
(0.2 km²)
Nickname AMU
Mascot None
Asahikawa Medical University is located in Hokkaido
Asahikawa Medical University
Location in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan

Asahikawa Medical University (旭川医科大学, Asahikawa Ika Daigaku), Kyokui (旭医), or AMU, is a national university and medical school in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan.


The precursor of Asahikawa Medical University was the Karahuto Medical College (樺太医学専門学校, Karahuto Igaku Senmongakou) founded in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in 1943. After World War II, Karahuto Medical College was closed down because the nearby island of Sakhalin was occupied by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Red Army. The Asahikawa city government applied to the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers and the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture (now the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) for relocation of the medical college to Asahikawa, but they were rejected.

After the rejection, the Hokkaido government planned to form medical schools in both Asahikawa and Kushiro in order to address the shortage of physicians in Hokkaido. In 1973, Asahikawa Medical College was established. At first, the college had only one department: Medicine. Without a campus of its own, it was located within the Hokkaido University of Education campus. AMU moved into its original campus in 1975. In 1996, the department of Nursing Science was founded and in 2010, the college was renamed to the Asahikawa Medical University. AMU has become the core medical university in Hokkaido with many physicians from AMU working in the local community.


There were two presidents of the Karahuto Medical College.[1] There have been seven presidents of Asahikawa Medical University, including the current president, Professor Akitoshi Yoshida, who has been in office since 2007.[2]

Karahuto Medical College presidents[edit]

Name From Until
Takumi Ochi 1943 1944
Eiji Arima 1944 1946

Asahikawa Medical University presidents[edit]

Name From Until
Morihide Yamada 1973 1981
Kazuhide Kuroda 1981 1987
Akihisa Shimoda 1987 1991
Tetsuya Shimizu 1991 1997
Yoshihiko Kubo 1997 2003
Nao Yachiku 2003 2007
Akitoshi Yoshida 2007 present


The campus is located in Asahikawa. The campus is divided into four areas: lecture and practice area, clinical lecture area, laboratory area, and hospital area. Each areas are connected by a hallway enough so people travel between the areas in cold weather.

Asahikawa Medical University Hospital[edit]

Asahikawa Medical University Hospital

The Asahikawa Medical University Hospital was founded in 1976 as a teaching hospital for AMU. It has 602 beds, and becomes one of the core hospitals in the northern and southern area in Hokkaido.[3]

There have been eight presidents of the AMU hospital, including the current president, Professor Takeo Matsuno, who has been in office since 2007.[citation needed]

Asahikawa Medical University Library[edit]

The Asahikawa Medical University library was founded in 1978. It currently has about 160,000 prints of books and journals, and 10,000 digital resources. These resources include not only about medical but also about education, mathematics, and other liberal arts.[4]

Faculties and graduate schools[edit]

AMU has one faculty with two departments and six departments.


  • Department of Medicine
  • Department of Nursing


  • Center of Education
  • Center of University Health
  • Center of Parental Care
  • Center of Labware
  • Center of Data processing
  • Center of telemedicine

Partner universities[edit]

AMU has partnerships with eight universities.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Tokio Miki - politician and doctor. Former president of Takefu Fukui
  • Keiko Nobumoto - scenario writer, responsible for the screenplay for Cowboy Bebop
  • Akitoshi Yoshida - ophthalmologist and current president of the University

See also[edit]


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