Takushoku University

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Takushoku University
拓殖 大学
Onshi Memorial Hall, Takushoku University
Former names
Taiwan Association School, Oriental Association Vocation School
Type Private
Established 1900
Location Tokyo, Japan
Campus Bunkyō, Hachiōji
Website http://www.takushoku-u.ac.jp/ , http://www.takushoku-u.ac.jp/english/index.html

Takushoku University (拓殖 大学; Takushoku Daigaku, abbreviated as 拓大 Takudai) is a private university in Japan. It was founded in 1900 by Duke Taro Katsura (1848–1913).[1] The university is located in Tokyo and has two campuses: the main campus in the Bunkyō district, and a satellite campus in the Hachiōji city. Takushoku University has five faculties: Commerce, Political Science and Economics, Foreign Languages, International Studies, and Engineering.[1]

Originally, Takushoku University was named the Taiwan Association School,[2] and was founded to produce graduates to contribute to the development of Taiwan. In 1907, it was renamed as the Oriental Association Vocational School.[2] In 1918, it adopted its present name of Takushoku University.[2] Literally, "Takushoku" means "development and industrialization" as well as "colonization", because Japan had overseas colonies like Taiwan, South Sakhalin, and Korea to industrialize at that time.

Takashoku University was the second best university in Japan, after Tokyo university, until the end of World War II. After the war, the university was dissolved by the GHQ due to its strong support for militarism. It was then renamed to Kōryō University (紅陵大学; Kōryō Daigaku) but has managed to change it back to its original name by undergoing various processes.

Notable Facts[edit]

  • Takushoku University is a leading university of national security in Japan. [3][4]
  • The current chancellor is a former Minister of Defense, Satoshi Morimoto, and past chancellors include former prime ministers, such as Taro Katsura and Yasuhiro Nakasone.[5][6]
  • Takushoku University is the only university in Japan consisting of a think tank (the Institute of World Studies) for international relations.
  • Margaret Thatcher received her honorary doctorate degree at this university.[7]
  • The faculty of political science and economics is the third oldest in the country after Waseda and Meiji University.
Statue of Taro Katsura, founder of Takushoku University, at Onshi Memorial Hall



Graduate schools[edit]


Takushoku University was responsible for training many of Japanese local and colonial administrators as well as overseas merchants. Several of these people who were also karateka (practitioners of karate) took up administrative positions in the Japan Karate Association when it was founded in 1949.[8] The university's karate club was founded around 1924,[9] and has produced many prominent karate instructors and competitors. The university also has a judo program, which produced a second-place result in a 1967 Japanese collegiate competition.[10]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Takushoku University: Home (c. 2009). Retrieved on March 3, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Takushoku University: History (c. 2009). Retrieved on March 4, 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.keikotomanabu.net/college/0001766230/0001766230.html
  4. ^ https://www.jimin.jp/policy/policy_topics/national_security_act/124707.html
  5. ^ http://japan.kantei.go.jp/noda/meibo/daijin/morimoto_e.html
  6. ^ http://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/article.php?id=151803
  7. ^ http://past-news.takushoku-u.ac.jp/news/others/130409thatcher.html
  8. ^ Evans, J. K. (1988): "The battle for Olympic Karate recognition: WUKO vs IAKF." Black Belt, 26(2):54–58.
  9. ^ McCarthy, P. (1999): Ancient Okinawan martial arts: Koryu uchinadi – Vol. 2 (p. 49). Boston, MA: Tuttle. (ISBN 978-0-8048-3147-5)
  10. ^ Anonymous (1967): "Tenri U. wins Judo title." Black Belt, 5(10):52.
  11. ^ The Shotokan Way: Masao Kawasoe profile Retrieved on March 4, 2010.
  12. ^ SKIAF: Norio Kawasoe profile (German) Retrieved on March 23, 2015.
  13. ^ Hokubei Karate-do Shihankai: Mori, Masataka Retrieved on March 4, 2010.
  14. ^ SKIF: Nagai, Akio Retrieved on June 10, 2008.
  15. ^ NAGAI AKIO (geb. 1942) Retrieved on June 10, 2008.
  16. ^ Japan Karate Association: Naka, Tatsuya Retrieved on March 4, 2010.
  17. ^ Ochi Karate: Sensei Ochi (German) Retrieved on March 4, 2010.

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Coordinates: 35°42′55″N 139°44′10″E / 35.715374°N 139.736239°E / 35.715374; 139.736239