Kansai University

Kansai University (関西大学 Kansai Daigaku), abbreviated as Kandai (関大), or Kansaidai (関西大), is a private non-sectarian and coeducational university located in Suita, Osaka, Japan and in two other locations: Sakai and Takatsuki, Osaka. Today, Kansai University is known as one of western Japan's four leading private universities. (Kan-Kan-Do-Ritsu 関関同立 Kansai University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Doshisha University, and Ritsumeikan University.) The athletic teams at Kansai University are known as the Kaisers and are primarily members of the Kansai Big 6. The Kansai-Kwansei Gakuin rivalry is a college rivalry between two universities located in Kansai, Japan.

Kansai University
the seal of Kansai University
Latin: Universitas Kansaiensis
Former names
Kansai Houritsu Gakko
(Academic Practicalization)
EstablishedFounded Nov. 4, 1886,
Chartered Jun. 5, 1922
EndowmentUS$1.3 billion
(JP¥144.8 billion)
PresidentKeiji Shibai
Academic staff
534 full-time
Other students
1,032 (International)
Location, ,
34°46′13″N 135°30′29″E / 34.770375°N 135.508147°ECoordinates: 34°46′13″N 135°30′29″E / 34.770375°N 135.508147°E
CampusSuburban / Urban,
191 acres (0.8 km²)
Athletics45 varsity teams
ColorsBlue and Gold          
AffiliationsKansai Big 6
MascotAmbassador Magma
(unofficial and historical)


Kansai University

Kansai University was founded as Kansai Law School in November 1886, in Osaka. Its founders were six judicial officers who were in the service of the then Osaka Court of Appeal.

Kansai University,1923
Senriyama Campus in 1923
The main gate of Kansai University
The main gate of Kansai University

19th century

In the early 1870s, the Ministry of Justice established its own law school. Western legal concepts, including that of human rights, were introduced into Japan by distinguished foreign scholars engaged by the Ministry. The founders of Kansai Law School had all studied at this law school, under the French jurist Boissonade de Fontarabie.[1] The idea of individual rights and legal processes independent of central governmental control were new to Japan. Long after the conclusion of their study with Dr. Boissonade, the founders continued to feel that these concepts were vital to the new Japan. They saw it as their duty to popularize jurisprudence to spread throughout the nation two notions: that of an independent judiciary and that of human rights.

From this sense of mission sprung the idea of founding a law school. They then sought and received the assistance and cooperation of Kojima Korekata,[2] their superior (and later Chief Justice of Japan's Supreme Court), and Doi Michio, president of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Thus Kansai Law School was the first law school in Osaka. The founders taught that the law belongs to all citizens and, that by means of the law, they can and should defend their own rights. This became the origin of the university's academic tradition of nurturing a love of justice and a concern for the protection of the freedom of the individual. Thanks to the support and trust it has won from the general public, the institution has since then steadily developed and diversified.

20th century

In 1905 the institution was renamed as 'Private Kansai University', then in 1920 as 'Kansai University' before finally in 1922 being granted the official status of a university. Also in 1922 its main campus was moved to its present more extensive site in Suita (a suburb of Osaka), thus paving the way for later growth. In consequence of the educational reforms carried out soon after the end of the Second World War, Kansai University was able to avail itself of the new system to expand its scope for tuition so as to comprise four faculties: those of Law, Letters, Economics and Commerce.

Its first graduate school was established in 1950. Its Faculty of Engineering was founded in 1958, followed in 1967 by the founding of its Faculty of Sociology. In 1994 in response to the requirements of modern technology and communication, the Informatics faculty was instituted on another campus, created just outside the dormitory-town of Takatsuki. Its Institute of Foreign Language Education and Research was inaugurated in 2000.

For many decades, the evening courses were taught on a separate campus, in the Tenroku area of Osaka. These originally constituted a night school for students, many of them working adults. In 1994 the evening course was moved to the Senriyama campus; in 2003, the university instituted an innovative 12-hour curriculum, integrating both day and evening courses.

21st century

School of Law

Thus, at present, Kansai University offers seven faculties in its undergraduate day school and five faculties (Engineering and Informatics being the exceptions) in its undergraduate evening school; it also offers graduate studies in all seven faculties, plus the independent graduate school staffed by members of its Institute of Foreign Language Education and Research.

The university, with its attached senior and junior high schools and kindergarten, has a total student body of 27,000. In 2016, Kansai University celebrated the 130th anniversary of its foundation.[3]

The university made news in 2016 by announcing that it would prohibit its researchers from applying for Ministry of Defense grants for projects that could be diverted into military technologies, on the grounds that its researchers cannot be involved in activities counter to the peace and welfare of human beings.[4]


Most of Kansai University is on an 86.486-acre[5] campus on the Suita in the northeast part of Osaka. Today, the campus includes 50 buildings and sculpture gardens, fountains, museums, and a mix of architectural styles. Senriyama campus is in the residential area which part of Hanshinkan Modernism cultural area.

The University Museum

Center For Innovation And Creativity
Tokyo Station Building
Kansai University Tokyo Center (The tower on the right, is the Sapia Tower)

Kansai University Museum began in 1954 with a donation of objects from a scholar and statesman Kanda Takahira(1830-1898). The museum has three gallery floors and approximately 15,000 objects of archaeological, historical, ethnological, and art-craft contexts, as well as some important cultural property. Designed by the acclaimed architect Togo Murano (1891–1984), the building was listed in the Registration tangible cultural property in 2007. The building served as the main library of the Kansai University until the construction of General Library in 1985. Its most famous object is Takamatsuzuka Tomb. The museum sponsors lectures and events, and also runs an extensive program of outreach to local schools.

Tokyo Center

The Tokyo Center is on the 9th floor of the Sapia Tower, next to Tokyo Station. This campus is a base for information gathering and provision, the furthering of lifelong learning, and job placement support in the Tokyo metropolitan area. It is also the base of the Tokyo Alumni Association. The Tokyo Center staff help Kansai University students find work in Tokyo. Kansai University graduates living in Tokyo are there to support current students.

Student life

Student body

Demographics of student body in 2016[6]
Undergraduate Graduate(Master) Graduate(Doctor) Professional Total
Total 28,568 1,273 287 219 31,090
Male 17,170 918 173 127 18,388
Female 11,398 355 114 92 11,959
International 381 362 743

Of those accepted for admission to the undergraduate Class of 2018, 39 percent are female.


The athletic teams at Kansai University are known as the Kaisers and are primarily members of the Kansai Big 6. The Kansai-Kwansei Gakuin rivalry is a college rivalry between two universities located in Kansai, Japan.

Academic rankings

University rankings
Toyo Keizai National[7]General 24
NBP Kansai[8]Reputation 4(#2 private)
Shimano National[9]Selectivity A1
THE World[10]General 801+
Program rankings
Social Sciences & Humanities


BE Success National[11]Qualification 18
BE Pass rate National[12]Qualification 23
RePec National[13]Research 1


Eduni MBA National[14]General 12
CPA Success National[15]Qualification 6
Natural Sciences & Technology



ARE Success National[16]Qualification 6

General rankings

Kansai University is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan today, with particularly strong influence in the Kansai region. The university seeks to promote student and faculty exchange as well as collaborative research through memorandums of agreement signed with 133 partnership universities in 36 countries. For a question which university want to enter to 9,117 Japanese high school students, Recruit company graded Kansai university the 1st place, and the order is the same for past 11 years.[17]

Popularity and selectivity

The number of applicants per place was 20.02% (86,753/ 17,593) in the 2013 undergraduate admissions. This number of applicants was 6th largest in Japan. Its entrance difficulty is also very selective.[18] 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, and Kansai University was top in 4th in 2015 in Kansai Area.[19]

Alumni rankings

Kansai University is renowned for its strong connection to business in the Kansai region, and according to the 2016 university rankings by Toyo Keizai, 351 alumni served as executives in listed companies. As of 2016, around 20.6% of undergraduates were able to enter one of the top 400 companies in Japan.[20]


Faculties and Undergraduate Degrees

  • Law
  • Letters
  • Economics
  • Commerce
  • Sociology
  • Informatics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental and Urban Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Chemistry, Materials and Bioengineering
  • Policy Studies
  • MBA (Accounting only)
  • Language teaching
  • Psychology
  • Institute of Foreign Language Education and Research[21]
  • Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies[22]
  • Institute of Economic and Political Studies
  • Organization of Research and Development of Innovative Science and Technology
  • Institute of Legal Studies
  • Institute of Human Rights Studies

Graduate Schools

  • Law
  • Letters
  • Economics
  • Business and Commerce
  • Sociology
  • Informatics
  • Science and Engineering
  • Foreign Language Education and Research
  • Psychology
  • Societal Safety Sciences
  • East Asian Cultures
  • Governance
  • Health and Well-being

Notable people

Law, Politicians





See also


  1. ^ Gustave Ernie Boissonade de Fontarabie (1825-1910) was, from 1873 to 1895, a legal adviser to the Ministry of Justice of the Meiji Government.
  2. ^ Kojima (1837–1908) is best remembered for his efforts to maintain the independence of judicature the judiciary after the Otsu Incident in 1891.
  3. ^ (in Japanese) http://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/nenshi/index.htm
  4. ^ "Kansai University to ban applications for military research subsidies". Japan Today. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  5. ^ http://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/global/guide/mapsenri.html
  6. ^ "Statistics of Student Enrollment/Faculty and Staff" (in Japanese). Kansai University. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "Truly Strong Universities" (in Japanese). Toyo Keizai. 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  8. ^ "Nikkei BP Brand rankings of Japanese universities" (in Japanese). Nikkei Business Publications. 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "GBUDU University Rankings" (in Japanese). YELL books. 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  10. ^ "THE World University Rankings". Times Higher Education. 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "Bar Exam Successful Applicants rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  12. ^ "Bar Exam Pass rate rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  13. ^ "Top 25% Institutions and Economists in Japan, as of January 2011". REPEC. 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  14. ^ "Business School Ranking in Japan". Eduniversal. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  15. ^ "CPA Successful Applicants rankings" (in Japanese). Yutaka Honkawa. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  16. ^ "Architects Registration Exam Successful Applicants rankings" (in Japanese). Shikaku Seek. 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  17. ^ http://souken.shingakunet.com/research/2012/07/post-66a6.html /201810/
  18. ^ "旺文社 教育情報センター|入試動向分析|2013年 私立大入試 志願者動向分析publisher= obunsha.jp". Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  19. ^ "日経BPコンサルティング|大学ブランド・イメージ調査2014-2015|publisher= nikkeibp.co.jp". Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  20. ^ "東洋経済ONLINE|「有名企業への就職率が高い大学」ランキング|publisher= toyokeizai.net". Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  21. ^ http://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/English/fl.html
  22. ^ http://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/English/institute.html

External links

1927 Emperor's Cup

Statistics of Emperor's Cup in the 1927 season.

1935 Emperor's Cup

Statistics of Emperor's Cup in the 1935 season.

1950 Emperor's Cup

Statistics of Emperor's Cup in the 1950 season.

1954 Emperor's Cup

Statistics of Emperor's Cup in the 1954 season.

1967 Emperor's Cup

Statistics of Emperor's Cup in the 1967 season.

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