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Doshisha Univ.


Doshisha University was founded as Doshisha Eigakko (Doshisha Academy) in 1875 by Joseph Hardy Neesima, the first Japanese citizen who obtained an academic degree overseas against nineteenth-century Japanese nationalism. Inspired by the founder's independent mind, international spirit and Christian faith as well as his respect for the Western ideas of education at Phillips Academy and Amherst College, Doshisha University constantly promotes Christian morality, individual liberty, and international understanding. Doshisha University consists of twelve faculties and fifteen graduate schools, attended by approximately 25,000 students now.  

Hokkaido Univ.

Hokkaido Univ.

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. Over a long period of history, we have declared and cultivated our basic philosophies of education and research, namely "Frontier Spirit," "Global Perspectives," "All-round Education," and "Practical Learning." Board member

Hosei Univ.


Hosei University was established in 1880, as Tokyo Hogakusha, giving it one of the longest histories and traditions of any universities in Japan. More than 130 years later the university consists of 15 schools, 14 departments, 13 graduate schools, and has greatly contributed to society by producing large numbers of valuable personnel under the founding spirit of "freedom and progress".

The university hopes to continue cultivating internationally minded people who look at the world stage from a self-sustaining, global point of view without regard for race or nationality, actively engage in activities, are able to solve problems and have the potential to become the true leaders of the 21st century.

International Christian University


ICU was founded in 1953 as Japan’s first liberal arts university.  For more than half a century, it has sought to nurture responsible world citizens. The university encourages students to explore and make important choices about what they want to study. There are 31 majors in the natural sciences, the humanities, the social sciences, and in interdisciplinary studies. Instruction is in both Japanese and English. Moreover, ICU seeks to cultivate intellectual and practical skills and the sorts of civic values that will allow its graduates to become actively engaged in helping to solve real world problems.  

Kagawa Nutrition University


In 1933, The Kagawa Education Institute of Nutrition was established by Doctor Aya Kagawa and her husband Shozo as "Katei Shokuyo Kenkyukai" . Today, Kagawa Nutrition University includes a Graduate School and an Undergraduate School. Students have the opportunity of qualifying for different licenses concerning nutrition.
Kagawa Nutrition University places "practice of dietetics" as its mission and is striving for improvement in education and research in health-related fields, as "The university aiming at the primary prevention of diseases".

Kansai Univ.

Kansai Univ.

Japan's most distinguished universities. The university is located in Osaka, the central hub of industry and commerce in Japan. Kansai University has seven faculties: Law, Letters, Economics, Commerce, Sociology, Informatics, Engineering, and one institute: the Institute of Foreign Language Education and Research. The total number of our undergraduate students is approximately 28,000. We also have graduate courses growing out of the above faculties and institute, with approximately 1,600 graduate students. The goal of the Graduate School is to produce specialized researchers and professional persons in each field. Board member

Keio Univ.

Keio Univ.

Since its foundation in 1858, Keio University has been a constant source of innovation in society. In accordance with founder Fukuzawa Yukichi's principles, our institution has continued to provide leadership for society as a whole in a wide variety of fields. Our achievements are the result of the valuable contributions of many individuals connected with Keio University who have proudly worked toward their goals in their respective fields in an environment of freedom and independence.   

Kumamoto Univ.


Kumamoto University (KU) is a national university located in the city of Kumamoto in Kyushu, the southern-most main island of Japan.
KU has its roots in five institutes of higher education, established in Kumamoto during the Meiji Era which eventually united to form KU. Among these institutes, The Fifth High School was a center for higher learning in western Japan and its main building located on the campus has been designated as a national treasure of Japan.
KU is composed of seven undergraduate faculties, eight graduate schools and thirteen research centers/institutes.
As of November 2011, KU is home to 8,044 undergraduate and 2,103 graduate students including 431 international students from 47 countries.

Kwaisei Gakuin Univ.


Kwansei Gakuin University is one of the most prestigious private universities in Japan which dates back to its foundation in Kobe in 1889, by the American missionary Reverend Walter Russell Lambuth.

Kwansei Gakuin, as a learning community based on the principles of Christianity, inspires its members to seek their life missions, and cultivates them to be creative and capable world citizens who embody its motto, “Mastery for Service,” by transforming society with compassion and integrity.

Kyoto Univ.

Kyoto Univ.

Kyoto University was founded in 1897, the second university to be established in Japan, and consists of 17 graduate schools, 10 undergraduate faculties, and more than 30 research institutes and centers. Kyoto University dedicates its mission to sustain and develop its historical commitment to academic freedom and to pursue harmonious coexistence within human and ecological community on this planet. Board member

Kyushu Univ.

Kyushu Univ.

The history of Kyushu University dates back to 1903 when Fukuoka Medical College was established as the foundation of Kyushu Imperial University. In 1911, Kyushu Imperial University, along with the Colleges of Medicine and Engineering, were established. At present, there are 11 Undergraduate Schools, 17 Graduate Schools, 16 Faculties, three Research Institutes and one Hospital. Board member

Meiji Univ.

Meiji Univ.

Meiji University was founded in 1881 under the guiding principles of "Rights, Liberty, Independence and Self-government." Since the beginning, Meiji University has been dedicated to fostering talented and balanced students. Meiji University has produced over 480,000 graduates and those students have gone on to make vast contributions to society and to the development of Japanese and Asian society. Meiji University consists of 8 schools, 7 departments, 3 graduate schools and a School of Legal Studies. One new school and 3 new departments will be established in 2008 to further advance the educational system that Meiji has developed to meet the demands of the modern age. Meiji University strives to make dramatic advances in the international community and become Japan's top urban university in the 21st century. Board member/secretariat

Nagoya Univ.

Nagoya Univ.

Located in the heart of Japan, Nagoya University is one of the foremost national universities representing Japan. Nagoya University has established its mission as the contribution to the happiness of the people through research and education on humanity, society, and nature. In particular, it aspires to foster the harmonious development of human nature and science, and to conduct highly advanced research and education that overlook the broad sweep of humanities, social and natural sciences. Board member

The Open University of Japan


The Open University of Japan (OUJ; the former name is the University of the Air), is a distance university, which was established in 1983 in order to develop, provide, and promote innovative higher distance education of top quality.  OUJ delivers learning content and various student support services through broadcasting (TV and radio), printed materials and/or the Internet.  As the core university of lifelong learning in Japan, OUJ opens to everyone in wide-ranging stages of life, who has the learning needs and ambitions, and provides learning spaces in which students can learn “anytime and anywhere”.  At 57 “Study Centers”, which are allocated at least one in each prefecture, schooling (lectures in face-to-face mode) and student services (e.g. library and student activity supports) are also carried out. After the establishment, over 1.1 million of people learned and more than 85,000 students now enroll at OUJ in total.


Osaka Univ.

Osaka Univ.

Founded in 1931, Osaka University is recognized as one of Japan's most prominent universities, with 10 schools, 15 graduate schools, 5 research institutes, and 2 national joint-use facilities.The university's motto is "Live Locally, Grow Globally".By allowing students to fully absorb the university's educational goals of "Critical Thinking, Imagination, and Trans cultural communicability", Osaka University is striving to educate talented individuals who can provide answers for social concerns and needs. Board member

Ritsumeikan Univ.


The history of Ritsumeikan dates back to 1869 when Prince Kinmochi Saionji, an eminent international statesman of modern Japan, founded "Ritsumeikan" as a private academy on the site of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. The current Ritsumeikan Academy has campuses in Hokkaido, Shiga, Kyoto, and Oita and encompasses two universities, four high schools, three junior high schools, and one primary school. Since Ritsumeikan's establishment, approximately 290,000 people have graduated from Ritsumeikan University, 2,000 from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), and 83, 000 from the affiliate schools. Ritsumeikan continues in its endeavor to cultivate strong leaders, abundant in creativity who are able to tackle the issues facing humanity in the 21st century.


Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific Univ.


Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) was opened on April 1st, 2000, in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture. Founded on a vision of freedom, peace and humanity, international mutual understanding, and the future of the Asia-Pacific region, APU is dedicated to cultivating global human resources to lead the harmonious and sustainable development of the Asia-Pacific. APU is comprised of four schools, two undergraduate and two graduate: the College of Asia Pacific Studies and the College of Asia Pacific Management, and the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies and the Graduate School of Management. 2100 International students from over 70 countries and regions constitute half of the APU student population, and make APU the vibrant multicultural environment it is today.


Sophia Univ.


Sophia University is a Jesuit university based on the teachings of Christianity and the Catholic spirit. In 1913, the university was founded by three Jesuit priests, in response to a request from the Roman Pontiff to open the first Catholic university in Japan. The Japanese name of this university refers to a Greek word for the highest form of wisdom, "Sophia." The word Jochi comes from the Japanese translation of one of the petitions contained in a traditional Catholic prayer: the litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The phrase "Seat of Wisdom (Jochi no za)" appears in this litany.

We are aiming for producing graduates who can contribute to others and society, as well as their own benefit.

Tokyo Inst. of Tech.

Tokyo Tech.

Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), founded in 1881, is committed to producing world-class graduates, creating invaluable knowledge, and contributing society through the utilization of knowledge. The Institute's philosophy is to nurture students with both creativity and leadership potential; to train the world's leading technological innovators; and finally, to contribute to society through industrial and academic collaboration. Tokyo Tech seeks to maintain the highest standard in its every mission, and continues to evolve leading the world in science and technology.

Board member

Univ. of Tokyo

Univ. of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo was established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan. It offers courses in essentially all academic disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels and provides research facilities for these disciplines. The University aims to provide its students with opportunities for intellectual development as well as for the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills. The University is known for the excellence of its faculty and students and since its foundation many of its graduates have been leaders in government, business, and the academic world. Board member

Univ. of Tsukuba

U of Tsukuba

Our university was established in October, 1973, due to the fact that the Tokyo University of Education, its antecedent, was relocated. With the good tradition and characteristics of the antecedent, the inception brought the first major university reform in Japan to meet a demand from inside and outside universities.
Since the foundation, the characteristics of our university, "New Systems for Education and Research,""New University Government," and "Open University," have attracted attention from various people, and have played a leading role in university reforms.

Waseda Univ.

Waseda Univ.

Founded in 1882 by Shigenobu Okuma, once prime minister and regarded as the father of Japanese national modernization, Waseda University is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan.It comprises eleven undergraduate, fourteen graduate, and five professional graduate schools covering most areas of social and natural sciences, liberal arts, and engineering, with over 50,000 students and 5,000 faculty members on eight campuses, four of which are located in central Tokyo. Over 490,000 Waseda graduates are actively taking leading roles in various fields around the world. Board member

Associate Members(NPOs)

Name Profiles Note

Advanced Visual Communication Center


The AVCC (Advanced Visual Communication Center) was approved in 1966 and is a public interest corporation of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. It performs surveys concerning the informatization of educational and occupational skills development, the development and diffusion of learning systems and contents utilizing ICT, and consulting activities. The Center also manages the "Employability Improvement Guide" which collects and provides learning information ( , "good site" activity which recommends and introduces five websites each month that provide beneficial learning information ( , and "" which provides learning contents useful for business, thereby contributing to the development of a lifelong learning society ( .


Creative Commons Japan


Creative Commons Japan is the official not-for-profit entity active in promoting use of Creative Commons licenses in Japan.  We are dedicated to work with diverse agents from for-profit companies to educational institutions, through various activities such as public seminars, symposia and workshops, and consultation for individual projects, by disseminating flexible copyright custom for our free culture and sharing economy.  
Cyber Campus Consortium TIES CCC-TIES NPO CCC-TIES is a Non Profit Organization for education called Cyber Campus Consortium TIES, which was founded by members of e-Learning TIES users with a close association with JUCE (Japan Universities Association for Computer Education) in May 2006. Its mission is to promote e-learning based education through content creation, sharing and evaluation, technical advice and support, social networking among teachers actively engaged in teaching, and a collaboration of the innovative projects between academic and business communities.  

Affiliate Members

Name Profiles Note

Castalia Co. Ltd.


Castalia, or “prophetic springs” derives its name from Greek Mythology.
Creator of intellectual contents instrumental to academics, and promotor of “social learning” as an innovative method in the new age of networking.
To avail to the free will of learning, it strives to enrich knowledge accessible for all.

Cerego Japan Inc.


Headquartered in Tokyo, Cerego is the company behind, a next-generation learning platform.
Cerego’s long-term vision is to revolutionize learning by building a learning platform of the future, takes the burden out of learning by automatically creating a learning schedule that adapts to the individual’s performance and needs. The system combines proven learning science with the latest in adaptive, semantic and social Web technologies. Powered by personalized learning algorithms, measures memory strength on a granular item by item basis. The algorithms are based on decades of research on optimum learning patterns in the fields of cognitive science and neuroscience.
Cerego has developed patented learning algorithms based on research in the fields of neuroscience and cognitive science. These algorithms power the learning applications and are increasingly being exposed through the Open API.


CMS Communications Co., Ltd.


CMS Communications Inc. is an expert of open source CMS Plone based web site development. We have a great deal of experience with educational institutes including Japanese national universities.
EduCommons is an open source OCW based on Plone. We can advise on the best method of deployment of eduCommons to universities as well as customization of software itself.

Digital Knowledge Co., Ltd.





EARNET Co., Ltd is a Rapid content development tool developer. With this tool you are able to get multimedia content immediately after you finish your lecture at your classroom. These contents are high density and quantity presence more than classroom attendance is realized . It will be suitable for OCW use.  

Global Commons, Inc.



Japan e-Learning ConsortiumeLC

NPO eLC is a Non Profit Organization for popularization of e-Learning called Japan e-Learning Consortium. The eLC's main activities are standardization of e-Learning Technologies, publication of e-Learning standards guideline, provision of e-Learning related information, training for development and operation of e-Learning system and accreditation of standardization of e-Learning system and its content. The eLC aims to accumulate know-how in order to maximize e-Learning performance and provide useful information related e-Learning.


Media Links & CO.,LTD.



MediaSite K.K.



NetLearning, Inc.


NetLearning, Inc. is the largest e-learning company in Japan which has about 20 million customers in total. We offer educational services over the Internet, and provide a wide variety of educational subjects for almost any kind of business field. We also offer comprehensive programs tailor-made to the various needs of a diverse range of companies, providing the ultimate strategic corporate learning programs. Our services cover a broad range, including but not limited to introductory consultation on new systems, provision of the Learning Management System "Multiverse(R)", and courseware design, production, delivery and application. We provide a one-stop educational service "which has responsibility in a result". Special Support Member



The SOFTBANK Group has upheld its corporate policy, ‘Endeavoring to benefit society and the economy and maximize enterprise value by fostering the sharing of wisdom and knowledge gained through the IT revolution’ since its foundation in 1981. In 2001, the Group entered into the broadband business very early and brought dramatic innovation to the internet environment in Japan, encouraged by overwhelming support from customers. The entries into the fixed-line telecommunications business in 2004 and into the mobile communications business in 2006 have enabled us to establish a foundation as a ‘comprehensive digital information company’ covering major domains of information and communication, namely broadband, fixed-line telecommunications and mobile communications.

The core of the foundation is formed with the three telecommunication companies of SOFTBANK BB, SOFTBANK MOBILE and SOFTBANK TELECOM that will become one beyond the borders. Not only providing service as a single entity but also materializing powerful synergies among the three will forge new values in flexible collaboration and realize richer communications to contribute to creation of new lifestyles and work styles for the 21st century. The unification of service brand logo represents our determination for a major change of the next generation.



At Uchida Yoko, we strive to create optimal environments and offer various solutions for companies, public offices, schools, and other facilities, which enable their users to carry out their daily activities more comfortably, efficiently, and creatively.
With this purpose in mind, we conduct research and development for goods and services in the following three core businesses: office-related business, information-related business, and education/school-related business. We are also focusing on the areas for which excellent growth is predicted for the medium to long term: ubiquitous environment development, contents solutions business, and ecology-related business.

Within the scope of these business categories, we have launched joint development projects with companies and universities both in Japan and abroad to collaborate on the creation of new technologies and concepts. We plan to continue to step up these activities in the future.
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