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President's Message

Caring for the Whole Person

President, Shoko Ono
At the first World Missionary Conference held at Edinburgh in 1910, it was agreed to establish an institution for higher education in Asia. Japan was chosen to be the country, and in 1918, Tokyo Woman's Christian University was founded. Thus, our university has a long history of special support from Christians all over the world, especially from anonymous women's spiritual and financial support in North America.

Since then, we have followed a tradition of liberal arts education, producing about 50,000 graduates of high intellectual and creative ability, many of whom play important roles in Japanese society. In both urban and rural communities in Japan, they have served as strong women's leaders. Two were given the Order of Culture for their world-wide activities in the fields of fashion design and writing.

Our first president, Dr. Inazo Nitobe, the famous educator, diplomat, and politician, had a dream to become "a Bridge across the Pacific." Over the years, his vision and energy have inspired our graduates to achieve many important goals always focusing on the complete development of the individual and caring for the whole person.

Shoko Ono, President

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