Asia University (Japan)

Asia University

Asia University
Motto 自助協力
(Self-help and Cooperation)
Type Private
Established 1941
President Masahiro Ikejima
Students 7,006 (May 1, 2014)[1]
Undergraduates 6,419
Postgraduates 100
Address 5-24-10 Sakai, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-8629, Japan, Musashino, Tokyo, Japan
Campus Suburban

The Asia University of Japan (亜細亜大学 Ajia Daigaku) is a private university located in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan that offers courses in Business Administration, Economics, Law and International Relations.

The university was founded in 1941 by Kozo Ota as Koa Senmon Gakko (Koa Professional School) on the site of the present Asia University campus. Ota believed that education should be based on a spiritual closeness between teachers and students.[2] It was a unique school at the time, as it accommodated all students in dormitories divided by course of study; Continental Asia, Southern Pacific Islands and Japan ("Homeland").

It shares its name with another university located in Taiwan.

The University produced an animated short, in 2015, to promote its Department of Urban Innovation.[3]

Academic Ranking

Second tier Japanese University (First tier is highest and third tier is lowest ranking)


Students in their first year are required to study abroad (see the section Studying Abroad)
From their 2nd year, students start to learn one of the foreign languages(Arabic language, Chinese language, Hindi language, Indonesian language, (Japanese only for international students), Korean language, Spanish language) for region studies. In addition, the students each take a seminar class every year. Because of these systems, IR has smaller classes than the other faculties.

Center for English Language Education

The Asia University (AU) Center for English Language Education (CELE) is a department at Asia University, located in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan.[4] Serving the university since 1989, CELE was founded by former AU President Professor Shinkichi Eto. CELE employs between 20-23 native English speakers as full-time lecturers. These positions have one year renewable contracts that are renewable for a maximum of 5 years.[5] After the five-year period is complete the lecturer is not offered a renewal under any circumstances. This system is common in Japan and has been criticized by the University Teachers Union among others.


Studying Abroad

All International Relations(IR) students(except its international students and Yume-College students) are required to study at one of following universities: Central Washington University (CWU), Eastern Washington University (EWU), Western Washington University (WWU) in Washington or the University of Arizona in Arizona, the United States of America, for 5 months in their 1st year.
If other students who wish to participate in this programme, it is open for them too in their 2nd year.

Notable students and staff


  1. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-15. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  2. About Asia University: Origins and History Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., retrieved on 18 August 2012.
  4. Center for English Language Education (CELE) Archived July 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.

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Coordinates: 35°42′20″N 139°32′03″E / 35.70556°N 139.53417°E / 35.70556; 139.53417

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