Kindai University was founded in 1925 with its principle mission to conduct research and provide education relevant to the real world. Today, with over 30,000 students and over 6,000 faculty members on six campuses in and around Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, and in other parts of the country, Kindai University is widely recognized as one of Japan’s leading research institutions.
Kindai University is comprised of 14 faculties with 48 departments, 33 of which are science-based. In addition to the academic faculties and departments, the University supports 17 research facilities, which include the Fisheries Laboratory, the Atomic Energy Research Institute, and three affiliated hospitals, which treat over a million patients per year, and function as central medical institutes for the Kinki region of Japan.
Based on the belief that research should provide tangible benefits to society, we conduct a wide range of research geared to practical application. A major example of this is our aquaculture research, with which we have achieved what many had considered impossible: the world’s first successful full-cycle aquaculture of bluefin tuna, a species in danger of extinction. Bluefin tuna and other species of fish bred at our facilities are now available for the general public to enjoy at the Kindai University-sponsored restaurants in Tokyo and Osaka, which are among the most popular and talked-about in Japan. Thanks in part to the publicity generated by these and other research accomplishments, Kindai University attracted over 100,000 entrance exam applicants for three years in a row, from 2014 to 2016—more applications than any other university in Japan.
Well aware that universities can and should serve a vital role in helping society, we have an ongoing project to support a town in Fukushima Prefecture, which was devastated by the March 2011 major earthquake and tsunami, and resulting nuclear power plant accident. Our 14 faculties are pooling their collective knowledge and resources in order to assist the people of Fukushima through projects such as radioactive decontamination.
The Japanese government has issued a call for the globalization of universities, and in line with this, we are working to make ourselves into a more internationally focused university. We are, for example, making efforts to provide more classes taught in English, and expanding tie-ups with universities around the world. Over the years, more than 500,000 students have graduated from Kindai University, and they are doing their part for society in various capacities around the world. Our continuing goal will be to produce graduates who can lead in their respective fields wherever in the world they go.
|1970||Graduated from Osaka University, Faculty of Medicine|
|1978||Studied pathology at Heidelberg University, West Germany|
|1995||Associate Professor, Department of Surgery II, Faculty of Medicine, Osaka University|
|2001||Professor, Department of Surgery I, Faculty of Medicine, Kindai University|
|2004||Director, Kindai University Hospital|
|2008||Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Kindai University|
|2012||President, Kindai University and Kindai University Junior College Division|
Specialized field: Esophageal cancer