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Omiya Campus in January 2017
It was founded as a school for Buddhist monks of the Nishi Hongan-ji denomination in 1639, and became a secularized university in 1876. The university's professors and students founded the literary magazine Chūōkōron in 1887. It has three campuses: Fukakusa and Omiya in Kyoto; and Seta in Shiga prefecture. Its campuses are smoke-free.
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- Yuji Fujii, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature)
- Ayano Tsuji, singer-songwriter.
- Takamaro Shigaraki, Buddhologist, later president of the university
- Ryūkoku University Mission Statement ryukoku.ac.jp
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