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The Spiritual Legacy of the Foundation

The Spiritual Legacy of the Foundation

One of the reasons that we established Josai University as a non-specialist university in April, 1965 was to meet the increasing demand of people wishing to go on to a higher level of education. Furthermore, we thought that the human resource development which should do a lot for the founding of a nation or a society could not be all achieved only by the existing established universities.
From the viewpoint of education as a means of character building, the university was established with the mission to educate current and future generations to be able to carry out the necessary responsibilities to serve their country and communities.
With this in mind, away from the bustle of the big city, a wide stretch of land commanding a far view of Mt. Fuji, Jomo and the refreshing stream of the Koma was chosen for the university campus which would stand on the small eminence of the zelkova-tree hill leading to the wide range of foothills of Mt. Chichibu far in the distance. Then, the new facilities and equipment were laid out there on the new campus.
Here in this optimum location for education, we can receive excellent researchers and educators of great insight as the faculty members. Under the enthusiastic guidance of these faculty members, many talented young people are to be educated so as to become people of high ideals, devoted to the pursuit of truth and justice, rich in intelligence, human love and genuine courage, and what is more, equipped with a morally driving force. It is our desire that the education offered at the university create academic traditions of its own and contribute to the development of our nation and society.
The students at JU study basic theory about nature and the society they live in and they also carry out research on the laws of historical developments. At the same time, they are educated with the aim of cultivating the ability to think as well as to put into practice what they have learned, so that they can participate fully in the community, like a big tree of a keyaki (zelkova) standing.

Mikio Mizuta

Founder
Mikio Mizuta
(1905-1976)
As Josai approaches its 50th anniversary, the university aims to ‘build character through learning’ based on the philosophies of its founder Mikio Mizuta.

Mikio Mizuta

Mikio Mizuta was born on April 13, 1905 in Soromura, Awagun in Chiba Prefecture (today, Kamogawa City). He became a politician and served as Minister of Finance in successive postwar Cabinets and as policy chief for the Liberal Democratic Party where he was celebrated as “Mizuta for the economy and for fiscal policy”. Later, he worked passionately for the state to fund compulsory education, to defray the costs of educational facilities, to subsidize private schools, and to promote education in postwar Japan, showing his true worth as “Mizuta for education”. In April 1965, he founded Josai University on the banks of the River Komagawa in Saitama Prefecture as a venue to educate young scholars equal to the challenge of building up the nation in the present and continuing its development in the future. Establishing Josai University was also the culmination of his longstanding wish to help Japan earn the respect of the international community.

Birthplace of the founder
(the former Mizuta family residence)

A valuable building that conveys the history of the Mineoka Farm, a dairy farm designated as a “Tangible Cultural Property of Japan” by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and has received the Chiba Prefecture Architectural Cultural Award

The former Mizuta family residence, which is the birthplace of founder Mikio Mizuta, is valuable as a building as it conveys the history of the farmland that has been a dairy farm since the Edo Period. The years it was built are believed to have been in the second half of the Edo Period for the main building and the gate to the row houses is believed to have been built at the same time as the main house or in the early Meiji Period. We hope to see many visitors here as the residence is open to the public (closed on Tuesdays).