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President's Message

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Tokyo Keizai University nurtures talented individuals to have a challenging spirit and high ethical standards through "Practical learning backed by liberal arts education".

The root of Tokyo Keizai University goes back to Okura Commerce School, established by Kihachiro Okura an industrialist who built a conglomerate in a single generation. Despite being heavily damaged due to the Great Kanto Earthquake 20 years after its foundation in 1900 in Akasaka, Okura Commerce School was promoted to a higher commercial school and prospered becoming well-known for its graduates high employment rate.

However, from the beginning of World War II and through to the end of the war, the school went through a number of changes. Newly renamed to Okura College of Economics, the school was devastated by the bombardment by the US military destroying most of the school. To rebuild, the school was moved to its current location in Kokubunji. The school was faced with financial troubles due to the fact that public and corporate bonds that had been held as a fund since its establishment became almost worthless due to the subsequent rapid inflation post-war. The school's staff and students were forced to rebuild the school on their own, without the founder Okura's financial support.

However, due to the committed and dedicated efforts of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, which we term "TKU Spirit", our university was approved for promotion to a university, and in 1949 we became known as Tokyo Keizai University. Since then we have aimed to be an institution that carries out high-quality education supported by liberal academic research.

Looking back on the traditions that we have come to embrace and the history of overcoming a difficult hardship, we aim to provide "Practical education backed by liberal arts education"; Practical education that has been expanded on since the foundation of the Okura Commerce School, and liberal arts education, academism-oriented education that evolved post-war. Our goal is to instill students with high ethical standards through a sense of responsibility and trust and to pass on the TKU challenging spirit of "Forward Forever".

Hideo Okamoto
President, Tokyo Keizai University
April 1, 2018

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