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Osaka University

Although officially founded in 1931 as Japan's 6th imperial university, you may be interested to learn that Osaka University's roots reach back to1838 and Tekijuku, a private "place of learning" founded by OGATA Koan. As the author SHIBA Ryotaro wrote at the beginning of his historical novel Kashin, Teijuku, a private “place of learning” in Semba, Osaka, for Western medicine was the predecessor of Osaka University. Thanks to Tekijuku, the passion for scholarship of Osaka citizens and the spirit of “For people, for society, and for benevolence,” were passed on to Osaka University.

Tohoku University

Tohoku University was established as Japan's third national university in 1907.

Located on the ancient site of Aoba Castle in Sendai City, Tohoku University is proud to be ranked among Japan's leading universities.
In 1911, Vice Minister of Education Masataro Sawayanagi, moved to Sendai to become Tohoku University’s first president. Sawayanagi firmly believed that academic research should be integrated with education. He also believed that a university should not discriminate based on class or gender.
Following this principle, Tohoku University accepted graduates from technical and higher normal schools, and despite opposition from the government at that time, became Japan’s first university to admit female students in 1913.
Nagoya University

As the forth-largest city in Japan, the city of Nagoya is the prefectural capital of Aichi Prefecture, which is located in the southwest of the Chubu region, literally meaning the central Japan. The city has a station for the Shinkansen or the so-called Bullet Train, which runs east and west along the Pacific Ocean and is conveniently used for people to visit Japan's well-known sightseeing places such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.

Since the ancient times, the city has been playing an important role as a key region for transportation in an environment marked by the rich Nobi Plains. Following construction of the Nagoya Castle at the beginning of the 17th century, the castle town was built and industries were developed. Also, the Port of Nagoya acts as a comprehensive port with over 100 years of history since it's opening and with the largest shipment value in Japan is connected with about 150 countries and regions in the world. With this serving as one of the strategic bases, the city is prosperous with, for example, automobile industry represented by Toyota Motor Corporation.
The city of Nagoya with a population of about 2 million still continues to develop, while showing various different features such as being a core region for Japan's industrial technology, being a node in the national arterial traffic system, being a cultural city with a long history.
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Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University is a mainstay comprehensive university that places importance on its graduate schools. The university started out in 1876 as the Sapporo Agricultural College, the first modern academic institute in Japan. We have passed through a long period of history, including our time as an Imperial College, as well as during the creation of the new university system. Over this period, we have declared and cultivated our basic philosophies of education and research, namely “Frontier Spirit”, “Global Perspectives”, “All-round Education” and “Practical Learning.” In order to meet the demands of society and to move ahead as a National University Corporation, Hokkaido University needs to formulate a long term goal for developing the basis of knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination and knowledge application in the new century, with our newly acquired freedom, while reconfirming our basic philosophies and recognizing our accountability to society.