Hitotsubashi University

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Auditorium on the Kunitachi campus

The Hitotsubashi University ( Jap. 一橋大学 , Hitotsubashi daigaku ) is a public Japanese University in Tokyo , with locations in Kunitachi , Kodaira and Kanda .


The Hitotsubashi University has an excellent reputation in the field of social sciences , especially the faculties of business administration , economics and sociology are among the most prestigious in all of Japan. It has produced a number of graduates who play significant roles in Japan's financial and industrial sectors. This is where the university's motto “Captains of Industry” comes from . The university ranks among well-known universities such as the University of Tokyo or the University of Kyoto .

Hitotsubashi University has good connections with foreign universities such as B. the University of Mannheim and the University of Cologne and maintains lively exchange relationships at student and academic level.


The university has its origins in the private school founded in 1875 by the statesman, diplomat and founder of the modern Japanese education system Mori Arinori (1847-1889) under the name "Commercial and Law School" ( 商法 講習 所 , Shōhō kōshūjo ). In the beginning, the Belgian curricula and methods, introduced by Prof. Edouard-Joseph Blockhuys (1862-1931), Arthur Maréchal and JJM van Stappen (1852-1915) were predominant. In 1884 it became a state commercial school, and in 1885 it moved to Kanda- Hitotsubashi. There it developed in 1887 to the Higher Trade School ( 高等 商業 学校 , Kōtō shōgyō gakkō ), in 1902 then to the Higher Trade School Tokyo. In 1920 she became the Tokyo State Commercial College ( 東京 商科 大学 , Tōkyō shōka daigaku ). In 1923 the Kanto earthquake badly damaged the school buildings, and in 1927 the college moved to Kodaira and Kunitachi. In 1949 it was given its current name. The university coat of arms is therefore based on the cadre , the symbol for trade and economy.

Faculties and Graduate Schools

Kunitachi Library

The university has the following faculties:

  • Business administration
  • Economics
  • law Sciences
  • sociology

There are also the following post-graduate schools for obtaining a master's and doctoral degree:

  • Business administration
  • Economics
  • law Sciences
  • sociology
  • Linguistics and social sciences
  • International corporate strategy

Well-known graduates

Famous professors

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Vanden Walle, W. F; Coonman, David de (ed.); Japan & Belgium: Four Centuries of Exchange; Aichi 2005
  2. or commercial college (without the right to award doctorates). She had a 2-year advanced course (from 1899) that became a bachelor's degree in 1901 .
  3. or Tokyo University of Commerce (with the right to award doctorates)

Coordinates: 35 ° 41 ′ 37.3 "  N , 139 ° 26 ′ 42.7"  E