Shinji Fukukawa
Chancellor, Toyo University 
Incorporated Educational Institution

Message from the Chancellor

Toyo University was established by Dr. Enryo Inoue in 1887, with the aim of developing, through the teaching of philosophy, outstanding individuals who could work for social reform. In the 130 years that have passed since then, thanks to the continuous efforts of our predecessors and other concerned parties, the university has made steady progress, having 13 faculties and 46 departments.

Looking at the current situation at home and abroad, we find that the world is drastically changing. Although the Japanese economy is showing some signs of recovery thanks to the success of Abenomics, there are fears that its potential for growth will diminish due to the declining birthrate, aging population, worsening financial measures, and stagnation of enterprise dynamism. In the international community, there has been an increasing number of destabilizing factors, and this has led to increased risks of global governance failure. I believe that this is an era in which the wisdom of mankind is being tested.

How will Japan contribute to reshaping the global community?

Students at Toyo University have actively showed the spirit and practice of self-help and mutual assistance that they demonstrated for volunteer activities have been highly acclaimed by the international community. I believe that Japanese society has an inherent social power, human power, and cultural power that are rooted in the country’s history and traditions. These are embodied in the Japanese attitude that people should acquire wisdom humbly, people should pursue goals seriously, people should help each other and people should respect values of others, and people should duly esteem the laws of nature. I would refer to this as “Japanability.” I believe it is the education that helps Japanese people regain and improve this “Japanability”.
To ensure that Japan becomes a country that is held in high esteem in the international community and continues to sustain its potential for growth, it is essential to contribute to the establishment of globalization and promote innovation in Japan. Judging from the fact that Toyo University was selected to be part of the “Top Global University Support Project” promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, I feel reassured that Toyo University has an opportunity to respond to such requirements.

Toyo University will continue to place great value on the philosophy and ideas of its founder, Enryo Inoue, as well as on the history, culture, technology,and information of Japan. In addition, it will keep striving to be recognized as one of the world’s best educational institutions. It will also challenge to be one of the top level of education and research institution through cultivating high talented manpower by cultivating personal with firm philosophy, self-determination, and challenging spirit under the direction of Toyo’s future Vision called “Beyond 2020”.





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