Keio University

, abbreviated as or , is a private university located in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It is known as the oldest institute of modern higher education in Japan. Founder Fukuzawa Yukichi originally established it as a school for Western studies in 1858 in Edo (now Tokyo). It has eleven campuses in Tokyo and Kanagawa. It has ten faculties: Letters, Economics, Law, Business and Commerce, Medicine, Science and Technology, Policy Management, Environment and Information Studies, Nursing and Medical Care, and Pharmacy.

The university has more than 350 student exchange programs with prestigious Institutions such as University of California, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Dartmouth College, École normale supérieure (Paris) and Ecole Polytechnique. Moreover, Keio has 29 double degree programs with leading institutions such as Sciences Po, HEC Paris (both with the department of economics), University of Washington (Law School), and Mines ParisTech (Master, Sci.and Tech.)

The university is one of the members of Top Global University Project, funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology . Besides, Keio University is one of the member universities of RU11 and APRU, and it is one of only two Japanese universities (alongside the University of Tokyo) to be a member of the World Economic Forum's Global University Leaders Forum.

Its list of alumni and faculties includes three former prime ministers, two astronauts, six international honorary members of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Wolf Prize winner. Meanwhile, Keio University produces the largest number of CEOs of companies listed with the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange and ranks 9th (in the world) in top 100 Global Executives, according to Times Higher Education's "Alma Master Index".


Keio traces its history to 1858 when Fukuzawa Yukichi, who had studied the Western educational system at Brown University in the United States, started to teach Dutch while he was a guest of the Okudaira family. In 1868 he changed the name of the school to Keio Gijuku and devoted all his time to education. While Keiō's initial identity was that of a private school of Western studies, it expanded and established its first university faculty in 1890, and became known as a leading institute in Japanese higher education. It was the first Japanese university to reach its 150th anniversary, celebrating this anniversary in 2008.

Keio has leading research centers. It has approximately 30 Research Centers located on its five main campuses and at other facilities for advanced research in Japan. Keio University Research Institute at SFC (KRIS) has joined the MIT and the French INRIA in hosting the international W3C.


Fukuzawa stated the mission of Keio shown below, which is based on his speech at the alumni party on November 1, 1896.

Keio Gijuku shouldn't be satisfied with being just one educational institution.
Its mission is expected to be a model of the nobility of intelligence and virtue,
to make clear how it can be applied to its family, society, and nation,
and to take an actual action of this statement.
It expects all students being leaders in society by the practice of this mission.

Those sentences were given to students as his will, and considered as the simple expression of Keio's actual mission.

Academic culture

Contributor to Japanese modern education systems

Keio is known for being the first institution to introduce many modern education systems in Japan. The following are the examples:

  • Keio is the earliest Japanese school that introduced an annual fixed course fee, designed by Fukuzawa.
  • It initially introduced the culture of speech to Japan, which Japan had never had before. It built Japan's earliest speech house Mita Speech House in 1875 as well.
  • It is regarded as Japan's first university to accept international students. Keio accepted 2 Korean students in 1881 as its (and also Japan's) first international students. 60 Korean students entered in 1883 and 130 Korean students in 1895.

    Dokuritsu Jison

    Keio put "" as a foundation of its education. This is meant to be physically and mentally independent, and respect yourself for keeping your virtue. Independence and self-respect are also regarded as Fukuzawa's nature and essence of his education.

    Hangaku Hankyo

    is the other unique culture in Keio. During the late Edo period and the early Meiji period, several private prep schools often used students as assistant teachers and it was called "Learning half and teaching half". Keio also had initially used this system. In the early period of such schools of Western studies, there had been many things to learn not only for students but also professors themselves. Hence there had been sometimes the occasions that students who had learned in advance had taught other students and even professors. After the proper legal systems for education had been set up, those situations have disappeared. However, Fukuzawa thought the essence of academia was and is a continuous learning, and knowing more things provides more learning opportunities. Keio respects his thought and put the rule in "" that there shouldn't be any hierarchy between teachers and learners, and all of the people in Keio Gijuku are in the same company. For this reason, there is still a culture in this university that all professors and lecturers are officially called with the honorific of "Kun" but never "Teacher" or "Professor".

    Shachu no Kyoryoku

    is also a uniqueness of Keio. Fukuzawa stated in 1879 that the Keio's success today is because of the collaboration in its company, and "Collaboration in a company" originally came from this article. People in Keio often think that all of the people related to Keio (e.g. professors, students, alumni and their family members) are the part of their company, thus they should try to help each other like brothers and sisters. This culture has been often seen especially in the alumni organization called Mita-Kai.


    was established in 1858 as a School of Western studies located in one of the mansion houses in Tsukiji by the founder Fukuzawa Yukichi. Its root is considered as the Han school for Kokugaku studies named Shinshu Kan established in 1796. Keio changed its name as "Keio Gijuku" in 1868, which came from the era name "Keio" and "Gijuku" as the translation of Private school. It moved to the current location in 1871, established the Medical school in 1873, and the official university department with Economics, Law and Literacy study in 1890.

    Keio has been forming its structure in the following chronological order.There have been several notable things in Keio's over 150-year history as shown below.

  • Keio launched Hiromoto Watanabe as a first chancellor of the Imperial University (University of Tokyo) in 1886. He is the first chancellor of the officially authorized university in Japan.
  • Keio sent 6 students to study abroad in 1899. In the same year, it accepted three international students from India, Qing-dynasty China, and Thailand. Eight international students entered from Taiwan (which had technically been a territory of the Japanese Empire since 1895) in the next year.
  • Keio was visited by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore where he made a speech in 1916.
  • Keio was visited by Albert Einstein where he presented a lecture on the special theory of relativity in 1922.
  • It started to accept female students in 1946.
  • A paper written by Keio undergraduate student as the first author was placed in the research journal Science in 2006, which had rarely happened to any undergraduate students.
  • Keio was visited by Prince Charles in 2008.


    Since the president system was established in 1881, there have been 18 presidents in Keio's history.

    Student body

    In 2011, there are 33,825 students in Keio University, with 28,931 undergraduate students and 4,894 graduate students. Although two third of student body are male students, this ratio highly depends on the major (63% of students are female in the Faculty of letters, for instance).

    There are 1072 international students in May 2011, with 438 undergraduate students (1.5% of total undergraduate students), 480 graduate students (9.8% of total graduate students) and 90 students in the exchange program. Korea is the country which provides the most number of international students with 381 students, followed by China (300), Taiwan (57), France (42), Indonesia (27), USA (27) and Germany (22).

    Student life


    In Japanese universities, there are student societies called "circles". Although the exact number is not clear, there are over 410 circles in Keio.


    Keio holds school festivals every year in each campus. The main festival is called "Mita Sai" on Mita campus, which is usually held in late November. Mita Sai includes various activities for not only entertainment but also academic purposes. It is also a research workshop for students on Mita campus. Approximately 200,000 people visit Mita Sai every year.


    Edward Bramwell Clarke and Tanaka Ginnosuke first introduced Rugby union to Japanese students at Keio University. (The game had been played in the treaty ports of Yokohama and Kobe before that, but not between Japanese teams.)

    The interest of Keio's students in baseball stretches back to the early years of the 20th century; and the history of exhibition games was reported internationally. In 1913, an American professional team made of players from the New York Giants and the Chicago White Sox played the Keio team in an exhibition game. In a 1932 exhibition game, the Keio team beat the University of Michigan team which was then touring Japan. Keio's baseball team plays in the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League (six prominent universities in the Tokyo area).

    Association football

    Keio University association football (soccer) team is currently the most successful team in the Emperor's Cup, despite their last triumph was in 1956. They have won nine times, a number no professional team had ever achieved in the tournament.

    Kei-So rivalry

    Traditionally, there has been a strong rivalry between Keio and Waseda University. There are annually many matches between 2 universities in several sports, such as baseball, rowing and rugby. These games are called "Kei–So Sen (慶早戦)", or more generally "So–Kei Sen (早慶戦)".

    The Kei-So baseball game is especially famous because of its over 100-year history and importance in Japanese baseball history. The most famous Kei-So baseball match was held on 1943/10/16, and it was made into a movie titled "The Last Game – the Final So-Kei Sen -" in 2008.

    There are 2 Kei-So baseball game seasons every year and they are usually broadcast by NHK. There is no lecture on all campuses in Keio on the game day because of the students who want to watch this match. Japanese emperors visited Kei-So baseball games 3 times in 1929,1950 and 1994.

    Keio and Waseda have been often compared to each other in other general topics, such as their popularity and alumni's successes. In fact, there are many books and magazine articles which compared with these universities.

    Keio University is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. In World rankings, Times Higher Education estimates that Keio is 351–400th place in general academic rankings.

    American football


    In October 2016, 6 male students from Keio Advertisement Society, a long-standing student club famous for its organisation of the Miss Keio pageant contest, were investigated for gang rape during club activity. An out-of-court settlement was reached and the students were not prosecuted. In May 2018, another 3 students, amongst which is a past candidate for school's Mister Keio pageant, were arrested for sexual assaults.

    In November and December 2019, both the American football team and the cheerleading club ( 応援指導部 ) suspended club activities for "inappropriate behaviours". In January 2020, it is reported a former secretarial staff to the school president installed camera on a female toilet stall at Mita campus, filming over 1000 videos over 3 months.

    In June 2017, the school's election committee unconventionally selected Haseyama Akira, a legal history professor who only won second place at the general election amongst teachers and staffs, to be the school's new president, breaking a 50 years convention.

    In March 2017, a student Tennis club was disbanded after a student death during club activity due to alcohol poisoning. 2 other Keio students died due to over-drinking in 2012 and 2013.

    In March 2016, a high level of asbestos was reported at facilities on Yagami campus. The school released its own report a year after stating the level of asbestos was on standard level. Online records of the original reports were made unavailable.

    Academic rankings

    Keio ranks 7th in the world in the Times Higher Education's Alma Mater Index. It ranks 24th globally in the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) and 3rd in Asia. Keio is ranked at 42th of the Reuters Top 100 innovative universities worldwide. British Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) company estimates that Keio is ranked the 142nd in QS World University Rankings 2017/18. It is ranked the 29th in QS World University Ranking 2017/18 for Graduate Employability Ranking. In the Asian University Ranking (2015), Quacquarelli Symonds also ranked Keio as 24th in Asia. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (2015), which is compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, ranks Keio 101-200 in the world and 24th in Asia. Also Keio University is the best private university in Japan.

    Research performance

    According to Thomson Reuters, Keio is the 5th best research university in Japan, and it's the only private university within Top 5. In addition, Weekly Diamond reported that Keio has the 8th highest research standard in Japan in terms of research fundings per researchers in COE Program, and it's also the only private university within Top 7. Asahi Shimbun summarized the amount of academic papers in Japanese major legal journals by university, and Keio was ranked 2nd during 2005–2019. Accordingly, Keio is a prominent research university within Japan.

    In Economics, According to Asahi Shimbun, Keio's been ranked 3th in Japan in the economic research ranking during 2005–2019. More recently, Repec in January 2011 ranked Keio's Economic department as Japan's 5th best economic research university. Keio has provided 3 presidents of Japanese Economic Association in its 42-year history, and this number is 5th largest.

    In addition, Nikkei Shimbun on 2004/2/16 surveyed about the research standards in Engineering studies based on Thomson Reuters, Grants in Aid for Scientific Research and questionnaires to heads of 93 leading Japanese Research Centers, and Keio was placed 5th (research planning ability 4th/informative ability of research outcome 3rd) in this ranking.


    Keio ranks second in Japan, for the number of alumni holding CEO positions in Fortune Global 500 companies, according to Mines ParisTech: Professional Ranking of World Universities. Keio is also ranked 1st in Japan for the number of alumni generally holding executive positions (when positions like COO, CFO, CIO etc. are included along with the CEO position) in listed companies of Japan, and this number per student (probability of becoming an executive) is also top.

    Keio Business School is Japan's first business school and one of only two Japanese schools holding The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. Keio was ranked No. 1 in Japan by Nikkei Shimbun. Eduniversal also ranked Keio as top in Japan (45th in the world). In Eduniversal Keio is one of only 3 Japanese schools categorized in "Universal Business schools with major international influence". In 2012, the Keio Business School became founding member of the university alliance Council on Business & Society that consists of Tuck School of Business from USA, University of Mannheim Business School from Germany, ESSEC Business School from France, Fudan University from China, Fundação Getúlio Vargas from Brazil and Keio Business School.

    According to the Weekly Economist's 2010 rankings and the PRESIDENT's article on 16 October 2006, graduates from Keio University have the 2rd best employment rate in 400 major companies, and the alumni's average salary is the 3rd best in Japan.


    As an extension of Keio's strong business focus, for over 50 years, Keio graduates have been ranked first in Japan in the number of successful national CPA exam applicants.


    Keio has been influential in Japanese medical societies as well. In fact, there have been 4 presidents of Japan Medical Association related to this university (2 Alumni and 2 professors). This number is the 2nd largest among Japanese medical schools. Keio is one of 2 Japanese universities which provided a president of World Medical Association.


    Keio's law faculty is typically ranked among the best in all of Japan along with the University of Tokyo, University of Kyoto, Chuo University, and Hitotsubashi University. In 2010 and 2015, Keio University Law School ranked highest among all Japanese universities for Bar Exam passage rate. Furthermore, the number of Members of Parliament who graduated Keio has been 3rd in Japan.

    Popularity and selectivity

    Keio is a popular university in Japan, often considered one of Japan's top two private university alongside Waseda University, their eternal equal and rival. But Keio is stronger than Waseda. The number of applicants per place was 11.7 (48260/4098) in the 2018 undergraduate admissions. Its entrance difficulty is usually considered as top among 730 private universities.

    Nikkei BP has been publishing a ranking system called "Brand rankings of Japanese universities" every year, composed by the various indications related to the power of brand, in which Keio was top in 2014 and ranked second in 2015 and 2016 in Greater Tokyo Area. Webometrics (2008) also ranks Keio University as 3rd in Japan, 10th in Asia, and 178th in the world for quantity and quality of web presence and link visibility.

    In a unique ranking, TBS ranked Japanese universities by the questionnaire of "Which university student do you want to have as your boyfriend?" to 300 girls in Shibuya, and Keio was ranked 1st in this ranking .


    According to Keio's financial report, there was operating revenue of 197 billion yen in 2010. The top 3 largest incomes were from "Tuition and fees", "Medical care" and "Capital gain", with 49 billion yen, 48 billion yen and 21 billion yen respectively. The amount of endowments in 2010 was about 5 billion yen. Keio is known as having one of the largest financial endowments of any Japanese university.

    On the other hand, the top 3 largest expenses in 2010 were "Compensation and benefits", "Education & Research" and "Investment", with 65 billion yen, 52 billion yen and 33 billion yen respectively. The total asset value in 2010 was about 364 billion yen with increase of 5 billion yen. In addition, the total amount of assets under management was approximately 109 billion yen in 2010, composed by mainly cash, deposit with banks and marketable securities.

    Tuition fees

    The university tuition fee system in Japan is different from other countries and very complicated. In most Japanese universities, there are more payment requirements in the first year such as "entrance fees", and less in the rest of the years. There are several types of fees (some require to pay only once and some require to pay once or twice every year) and so-called "course fee" is officially only one of those fees.

    In Keio University, Tuition fees vary and depend on the course. Social Science & Humanity studies require the least fees with approximately 1,110,000 yen per year, and School of Medicine requires the most expensive fees with about 3,610,000 yen per year. The tuition fees in graduate school are much less than those for undergraduate studies, as 690,000 yen per year for Social Science & Humanities and 1,313,000 yen per year for School of Medicine.

    Although it is acceptable to pay twice with half in spring and half in autumn, the "entrance fee" is necessary to be paid before enrollment. The entrance fee for undergraduate study is 200,000 yen and the one for graduate study is 310,000 yen.


    There are many students who receive additional financial support. For example, in 2008, there were 9,764 students (about 30% of all students) who used either scholarships or loans. Additionally, Keio funds over 3,000 students who receive, on average, scholarships of 300,000 yen.



    Keio has ten undergraduate faculties, which cover a wide range of academic fields, with each operating independently and offering broad educational and research activities. The faculties are:

  • Faculty of Letters (800)
  • Faculty of Economics (1200)
  • Faculty of Law (1200)
  • Faculty of Business and Commerce (1000)
  • School of Medicine (112)
  • Faculty of Science and Technology (932)
  • Faculty of Policy Management (425)
  • Faculty of Environment and Information Studies (425)
  • Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care (100)
  • Faculty of Pharmacy (210)

    Graduate schools

  • Graduate School of Letters
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Human Relations
  • Graduate School of Business and Commerce
  • Graduate School of Medicine
  • Graduate School of Science and Technology
  • Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Graduate School of Media and Governance
  • Graduate School of Health Management
  • Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Law School
  • Graduate School of Media Design
  • Graduate School of System Design and Management

    Media centers

    Keio's Media Centers, with combined holdings of over 4.58 million books and publications, are one of the largest academic information storehouses in the country.
  • Mita Media Center
  • Hiyoshi Media Center
  • Media Center for Science and Technology
  • Shinanomachi Media Center
  • SFC Media Center

    Information technology centers

  • ITC Headquarters
  • Mita ITC
  • Hiyoshi ITC
  • Shinanomachi ITC
  • Science & Technology ITC
  • Shonan Fujisawa ITC

    Affiliated schools

    Elementary education
  • Keio Yochisha Elementary School

    Secondary education
  • Keio Futsubu School (Boys Junior High School)
  • Keio Chutobu Junior High School
  • Keio Shonan Fujisawa Junior and Senior High School
  • Keio Senior High School
  • Keio Shiki Senior High School
  • Keio Girls Senior High School
  • Keio Academy of New York (High School)

    Language education
  • Japanese Language Program
  • Keio Foreign Language School

  • Keio Marunouchi City Campus (KMCC)

    Hospital and rehabilitation center

    Keio University Hospital is one of the largest and most well-known general hospitals in Japan, the number of surgeries for carcinoma uteri in 2007 was top and the one for lung cancer was third among all university hospitals. and is also a famous teaching hospital. The number of trainee doctors who selected Keio as their first choice training hospital was 30 (33rd) among all Japanese teaching hospitals in 2010. Established in 1920, it has over 1,000 beds, a leading laboratory, and research and medical information divisions.

  • Campuses

    There are eleven campuses.

  • Mita Campus (Mita, Minato, Tokyo)
  • Hiyoshi Campus (Yokohama, Kanagawa), home of the Hiyoshi tunnels
  • Yagami Campus (Yokohama, Kanagawa)
  • Shinanomachi Campus (Shinjuku)
  • Shonan Fujisawa Campus (Fujisawa, Kanagawa, aka SFC) designed by Fumihiko Maki
  • Shiba Kyoritsu Campus (Minato ward, Tokyo)
  • Shin-Kawasaki Town Campus (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
  • Tsuruoka Town Campus of Keio (Tsuruoka, Yamagata, aka TTCK)
  • Urawa Kyoritsu Campus (Urawa, Saitama)
  • Keio Osaka Riverside Campus (Osaka)
  • Keio Marunouchi City Campus (Tokyo)

    Alumni and professors

    Some of the prominent Keio alumni include: Japanese Prime Ministers Junichiro Koizumi (2001–2006), Ryutaro Hashimoto (1996–1998), and Tsuyoshi Inukai (1931–1932). Dozens of other alumni have been cabinet members and governors in the post-war period. Its alumni include 230 CEOs of major companies and 97 CEOs of foreign affiliated companies (both highest in Japan). Keio has over 320,000 alumni in 866 alumni associations.


  • Junichiro Koizumi, the 87th/88th/89th Prime Minister of Japan (2001–2006), the 20th President of Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (Economics 1967)
  • Ryutaro Hashimoto, the 82nd/83rd Prime Minister of Japan (1996–1998), the 17th President of Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (Law 1960)
  • Tsuyoshi Inukai, the 29th Prime Minister of Japan (1931–1932), the 6th President of Rikken Seiyūkai
  • Ichirō Ozawa, Former President of Democratic Party of Japan, Former Secretary General of Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (Economics 1967)
  • Tamisuke Watanuki, President of People's New Party, Former Speaker of The House of Representatives of Japan (Economics 1950)
  • Toshiko Hamayotsu, Minister for Global Environmental Issues and Director-General of Environment Agency of Government of Japan (1994).
  • Kenji Kosaka, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Law 1968)
  • Jirō Kawasaki, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare (Business and Commerce 1971)
  • Andrew Thomson, Minister for Sport and Tourism and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games in the Australian Government 1997 – 1998
  • Shigefumi Matsuzawa, Governor of Kanagawa (Law 1982)
  • Akihiko Noro, Governor of Mie (Science and Technology 1969)
  • Genjirō Kaneko, Governor of Nagasaki (Letters 1968)
  • Motohiro Ōno,Governor of Saitama(Law,1987)
  • Hiroshi Nakai, Chairman of the National Commission on Public Safety, Minister of State for Disaster Management and the Abduction Issue (Economics 1969)
  • Yūzan Fujita, Governor of Hiroshima (Business and Commerce 1972)
  • Ryōzō Hiranuma, Mayor of Yokohama, Order of Culture
  • Keiichi Inamine, Governor of Okinawa (Economics 1957)
  • Ichiro Fujisaki, Chairman of Executive Committee of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Law Dropout 1969)
  • Masaharu Ikuta, President of Japan Post, Former CEO of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (Economics 1957)
  • Yukio Ozaki, Mayor of Tokyo, Minister of Justice, Education, "Father of parliamentary politics" in Japan.
  • Nobuteru Ishihara, Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Minister of State for Administrative and Regulatory Reform, Candidate for the LDP presidency 2008
  • Heitaro Inagaki , Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (Economics, 1913)
  • Banri Kaieda, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (Law)
  • Hirofumi Nakasone, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Yoshio Sakurauchi , Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Kamata Eikichi, Minister of Education
  • Hidenao Nakagawa, Chief Cabinet Secretary
  • Mitsuo Horiuchi, Minister of International Trade and Industry
  • Yoshiyuki Kamei, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Seiichi Ota, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Ryu Shionoya, Minister of Education, Science and Technology
  • Kosuke Hori, Minister of Education
  • Fusanosuke Kuhara, Minister of communications
  • Shigeru Ishiba, Minister of Defense, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Kazuyoshi Kaneko, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and Minister for Ocean Policy
  • Takeo Kawamura, Minister of Education, Science and Technology and Chief Cabinet Secretary
  • Koichi Yamamoto, Minister of Environment
  • Akira Amari, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Minister of State in charge of Administrative Reform
  • Tatsuya Ito, Minister of State for Financial Services
  • Tadamori Oshima, Minister of Agriculture
  • Takeo Hiranuma, Minister of Transport and Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry
  • Akira Nagatsuma, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Minister of State for Pension Reform
  • Masajuro Shiokawa, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan
  • Heizō Takenaka , Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications (Emeritus Prof.)
  • Wataru Takeshita, Minister for Reconstruction
  • Jon Richards, Wisconsin legislator
  • Sommai Hoonrakoon (Economics,1942), Minister of Finance (Thailand)
  • Set Aungpolitician, economist and management consultant, incumbent Deputy Planning and Finance Minister of Myanmar

    Public servants, international organizations

  • Takeshi Kasai(medicine,1990), WHO Regional Director of Western Pacific,
  • Shigeru Omi(undergraduate atten.), WHO Regional Director of Western Pacific,
  • Kiyoko Okabe, the first female justice of Supreme Court,Japan (Law)
  • Taro Takemi, president of the World Medical Association and Japan Medical Association

    Central Bank Governors

  • Shigeaki Ikeda, Minister of Finance, Commerce and Industry, Governor of The Bank of Japan
  • Makoto Usami , Governor of The Bank of Japan
  • Tarisa Watanagase (Thai), Governor of the Bank of Thailand, 2006–2010 (Economics)
  • Chang Kia-ngau (Economics, 1906-1908), Governor of the Central Bank of Republic of China


  • Chiaki Mukai, JAXA astronaut
  • Akihiko Hoshide, JAXA astronaut


  • Taizo Nishimuro, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo Stock Exchange, Former CEO of Toshiba Corporation (Economics 1961)
  • Koichiro Miyahara, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo Stock Exchange
  • Atsushi Saito, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo Stock Exchange,
  • Shigeharu Suzuki, President and CEO of Daiwa Securities Group (Economics 1971)


  • Tōru Shōriki, owner of The Yomiuri Shimbun (Economics 1942)
  • Kazuhiko Torishima, president of Hakusensha (1978)

    Other business people

  • Akio Toyoda, President and CEO Toyota Motor Corporation 2009–current
  • Yutaka Asoh, later known as Yutaka Katayama, the first president of the U.S. operations of Nissan Motors (Economics 1935)
  • Osamu Nagayama (born 1947), CEO of Chugai Pharmaceutical and Chairman of Sony Corporation
  • Katsuaki Watanabe, President of Toyota Motor Corporation (Economics 1964).
  • Yuzaburo Mogi, Chairman and CEO of Kikkoman Corporation (Law 1958)
  • Yotaro Kobayashi(Economics,1956), chairman of Fuji Xerox, former chairman of Japan Association of Corporate Executives
  • Shinzo Maeda, President and CEO of Shiseido (Letters 1970)
  • Hidetaka Miyazaki, President of FromSoftware
  • Ichizō Kobayashi, Founder of Hankyu Railway and the Takarazuka Revue, Minister of Commerce and Industry in the 1940 Konoe Cabinet
  • Nobutada Saji, Chief executive of Suntory Ltd., the wealthiest individual in Japan as of 2004 by Forbes
  • Akira Mori, President and CEO of Mori Trust, the fourth-wealthiest person in Japan as of 2013 by Forbes
  • Keiichi Ishizaka, chairman and CEO, Warner Music Japan Inc. (Business and Commerce, 1968) – 2009 Medal of Honor Awardee
  • Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics (MBA) – The 3rd wealthiest person in South Korea and the most powerful Korean by 2014's Forbes Magazine
  • Teruaki Yamagishi, received the 4th Class, Order of the Rising Sun Gold Rays with Rosette in 2008
  • Takeo Shiina, Chairman of IBM Japan, former Chairman of Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Sci.and Tech.)


    Dozens of alumni and Professors have been elected as academy members or been in important positions.
  • Yukichi Fukuzawa(founder), First President of Japan Academy,the current portrait of 10,000-yen notes
  • Kitasato Shibasaburō(first dean of Keio University School of Medicine), Member of Japan Academy, fellow of Royal Society of London, nominated for Nobel Prize
  • Tokujiro Obata(politics), Member of Japan Academy ,
  • Genzui Sugita(professor), member of Japan Academy
  • Yonekichi Miyake(undergraduate atten.),member of Japan Academy
  • Genichi Kato(professor), Nominated for Nobel Prize, Member of Japan Academy
  • Kiroku Hayashi(literature,1892), Member of Japan Academy ,
  • Shinzo Koizumi(politics,1910), Member of Japan Academy,best known as the educator of His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus at the age of the prince. Received an honorary doctorate from Columbia University
  • Teruo Minemura(Ph.D in law,1948),member of Japan Academy,
  • Chujiro Nishino(Emeritus professor), Member of Japan Academy
  • Keisuke Suzuki(professor), Member of Japan Academy
  • Eijiro Iwasaki(Emeritus professor), Member of Japan Academy
  • Shohei Takamura(economics,1929), Member of Japan Academy ,
  • Sho-Chieh Tsiang(undergraduate atten.),member of Academia Sinica
  • Atsuo Iiyoshi(engineering,1960),emeritus professor of Kyoto University, honorary doctorate of Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Yoshiki Hiki (medicine, 1958), member of Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • Seiichiro Takahashi(politics,1908), Member of Japan Academy, Minister of Education
  • Kanetaro Nomura(economics,1918), Member of Japan Academy,
  • Toshihiko Izutsu(literature,1937), Member of Japan Academy
  • Akira Hayami(economics,1954), Member of Japan Academy , coined the notion of "Industrious Revolution "
  • Tokuzo Fukuda (prof.), Member of Japan Academy
  • Kazui Tashiro (ph.D in Economics), Member of Japan Academy,
  • Junzaburo Nishiwaki(Economics,1917), nominated for Nobel Prize, International Honorary Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • [ Tsuneo Tomita](Medicine, 1932), International Honorary Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member of Japan Academy, Professor Emeritus of Yale University
  • [ Osamu Saito (Hitotsubashi University)] (economics,1968), member of Japan Academy, International Honorary Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Professor Emeritus of Hitotsubashi University ,
  • Ryogo Kubo(professor),the Boltzmann Medal, Order of Culture , member of Japan Academy,International Honorary Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Mikinosuke Miyajima(professor), International Honorary Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Japan's representative for League of Nations Health Organization.
  • David J. Farber, Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (the Distinguished Professor and Co-Director of Cyber Civilization Research Center)
  • Hiromoto Watanabe(1865), the first President of Tokyo Imperial University
  • Hamao Arata(1869), the third and eighth President of Tokyo Imperial University
  • Sahachiro Hata(Prof.), Nominated for Nobel Prize, member of Japan Academy,
  • Masayuki Amagai(medicine,1985), International Member of National Academy of Medicine
  • Masaharu Tsuchiya(medicine,1953),member of Académie Nationale de Médecine,
  • Masaki Kitajima(medicine,1966), Honorary Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of England,member of European Academy of Science
  • Ken Sakamura(Engineering,1974), Emeritus professor of University of Tokyo, Japan Academy Prize (academics),the creator of the real-time operating system architecture TRON project
  • Tarow Indow(Ph.D,1945) Emeritus Professor of University of California, Irvine
  • Takao Suzuki (sociolinguist) (literature,1950),former professor of Yale University
  • Ryohei Yasuda, Research Group Leader, Scientific Director, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (Ph.D)
  • Toshio Ito(Medicine), best known for discovery of Ito cell, Japan Academy Prize (academics),
  • Hideyuki Okano(medicine,1983), the first in the world to produce transgenic marmosets(Callithrix jacchus) with germline transmission. Besides, he is to conduct the world's first clinical test in which artificially derived stem cells will be used to treat patients with spinal cord injuries.
  • Toju Hata (medicine,1934), Japan Academy Prize (academics), best known for the discovery of Mitomycin C,
  • Yoshitaka Tanimura,derived Hierarchical equations of motion with Ryogo Kubo, Professor of Kyoto University, Humboldt Prize Winner (Sci.and Tech)

  • Katsuhiko Mikoshiba(medicine,1969), Emeritus Professor of The University of Tokyo ,first cloned in the world of the IP3 receptor in laboratory, which was found to play an important role in many biological functions such as body development and brain plasticity. Legion of Honor, honorary doctorate from Karolinska Institute(2011), Japan Academy Prize (academics)
  • Seiichi Takimoto (Economics,1881), Japan Academy Prize (academics),
  • Kuniaki Tatsuta(Ph.D,1969), the first in the world to synthesize totally four big Antibiotics (aminoglycoside, -lactam, macrolide and tetracycline antibiotics), which was accomplished by using carbohydrates as chiral sources in their laboratories. Japan Academy Prize (academics),Ernest Guenther Award(2013)
  • Hikohjiro Kaneko (Ph.D in Literature,1946), Japan Academy Prize (academics)
  • Tatsuya Sakamoto (Economics,1979), Japan Academy Prize (academics)
  • Nobuyoshi Shimizu, Contributed to the analysis of 8th, 21st and 22nd chromosomes of human genome (Emeritus prof),
  • Masayoshi Tomizuka, professor in Control Theory in Department of Mechanical Engineering, and director of Mechanical Systems Control Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. He holds the Cheryl and John Neerhout, Jr., Distinguished Professorship Chair, and has supervised more than 90 Ph. D. students to completion, many of which have become professors in universities in USA, Taiwan, etc., prestigious for the research in the field of Mechanical Engineering. (B.S. and M.S. degrees, Mechanical Engineering, 1968 and 1970)
  • Shosuke Okamoto(medicine,1941), first synthesized in 1962 Tranexamic acid with Utako Okamoto. Emeritus professor of Kobe University
  • Tatsuji Nomura(medicine, 1945), a pioneer in the development of laboratory animals with the aim of assuring reproducibility of experimental results in medical research. Medal of Honor With Purple Ribbon from Japanese Government(1984).
  • Fumiko Yonezawa (Emeritus), The first female President of The Physical Society of Japan
  • Shuichi Nosé (professor), famous for the Nosé–Hoover thermostatt
  • Kotaro Tsujimura, President of Japanese Economic Association (Economics)
  • Michihiro Oyama, President of Japanese Economic Association (Economics)
  • Taisuke Otsu, Professor of London School of Economics and Political Science (Economics),
  • Kenya Honda, Awarded Clarivate Analytics' "Highly Cited Researchers" 4 years in a row (Prof.)
  • Yasuhiro Matsuda, professor of international politics at the University of Tokyo (Law)
  • Yoshihiro Tsurumi, professor of international business at Baruch College of the City University of New York (Economics)
  • Jun Murai, "The Father of The Internet" in Japan, Legion of Honor (2018) (PhD, Engineering)
  • Kohei Itoh, Successfully generated and detected quantum entanglement between electron spin and nuclear spin in phosphorus impurities added to silicon with Dr. John Morton at Oxford University. This is the world's first successful generation.(Science and Technology)
  • Yasuhiro Koike, Developed the High-bandwidth graded-index plastic optical fiber.
    He is thought as one of the Nobel Prize candidates in Physics in terms of the achievement of plastic optical fiber.(Sci. and Tech)
  • Masaru Tomita, Established the metabolomics analysis by using the CE-MS.(Environment and Information Studies)
  • Eitaro Noro, Marxian Economist.The Author of "History of the Development of Japanese Capitalism"(1930) (Native:「日本資本主義発達史講座」), Iwanami Shoten,Tokyo


  • Shotaro Yasuoka, Member of Japan Art Academy
  • Yamamoto Kenkichi,Member of Japan Art Academy
  • Hiroshi Sakagami, Member of Japan Art Academy
  • Shusaku Endo(Literature,1948) Akutagawa Prize, Order of Culture ,honorary doctorate from Georgetown University
  • Daigaku Horiguchi, Poet, Translator, Member of Japan Art Academy
  • Yone Noguchi (undergraduate attendee, professor), poet
  • Tanaka Chikao, Member of Japan Art Academy(Literature)
  • Rofū Miki (undergraduate attendee), poet
  • Gozo Yoshimasu, Member of Japan Art Academy
  • Jun Etō, Member of Japan Art Academy , literary critic
  • Mantaro Kubota, Member of Japan Art Academy
  • Haruo Sato (novelist), Member of Japan Art Academy (Literature)
  • Kafū Nagai, Member of Japan Art Academy, Order of Culture(Prof.)
  • Shinobu Orikuchi, Ethnologist (Emeritus prof.)
  • Takitaro Minakami, author (Economics)
  • Yojiro Ishizaka, author (Literature)
  • Sakutarō Hagiwara, Poet
  • Yumeno Kyūsaku, Surrealistic detective novelist
  • Kazuki Kaneshiro, Zainichi Korean novelist
  • Kôhei Tsuka, playwright, theater director, and screenwriter
  • Adebayo Adewusi, Lawyer and Public Administrator.
  • Yoshio Taniguchi(Engineering,1960), member of Japan Art Academy. Architect best known for his redesign of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City which was reopened November 20, 2004
  • Fumihiko Maki (Keio High school,undergraduate atten.),International Honorary Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Wolf Prize in Arts,


  • Theodor Holm "Ted" Nelson, Computer architect, visionary, and contrarian (PhD, Media and Governance, 2002)
  • Yuichi Motai, professor of Virginia Commonwealth University(Computer Engineering>, NSF Career Award (2011)
  • Ryuichi Kuki, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Governor of The Imperial Museum(now The Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto National Museum, and Nara National Museum), The Father of Syuzo Kuki
  • Joi Ito, former director of the MIT Media Lab, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University
  • Wataru Kamimura, professional shogi player (first university graduate to become shogi professional, 2013, mathematical sciences)

    Gutenberg Bible

    The only copy held outside Europe or North America is a first volume facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible (Hubay 45) at Keio University. Purchased by the university in 1996, from Maruzen booksellers who originally purchased the copy at auction in 1987 for US$5.4 million.

    The Humanities Media Interface Project (HUMI) at Keio University is known for its high-quality digital images of Gutenberg Bibles and other rare books. Under the direction of Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya, the HUMI team has made digital reproductions of eleven sets of the bible in nine institutions, including in 2000, both full-text facsimiles held in the collection of the British Library.