Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
|Established||1873 / 1949|
|Affiliations||FUU, EUIJ, CESFNUTA|
- 1 History
- 2 Departments
- 3 Campus and dormitories
- 4 List of Exchange Universities
- 5 Notable alumni and faculty members
- 6 Academic rankings
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 External links
The University is the oldest academic institution devoted to international studies in Japan. It began as Institute for Research of Foreign Documents (蛮書調所 Bansho Shirabesho), a Tokugawa shougunate's translation bureau set up in 1857.
It was subsequently established as an independent educational and research institution with the name Tokyo School of Foreign Languages (東京外国語学校 Tōkyō gaikokugo gakkō) in 1899.
In 1999, the University celebrated both the 126th anniversary of its original establishment and the 100th anniversary of its independence. The campus was moved to its present location, where students can study in a modern, hi-tech environment.
There are 26 departments of language, i.e. the languages students can major at TUFS. Some languages are rarely taught in Japan or elsewhere the world.
- Japanese Studies
- East Asian Studies
- Southeast Asian Studies
- South and West Asian Studies
- European and American Studies I
- European and American Studies II
- Russian and East European Studies
Campus and dormitories
The primary TUFS campus in Fuchu is situated in Asahi-cho near Tama Station of the Seibu Tamagawa Line. Classes are mainly held in the Research and Lecture building and, for international students, the Japanese Language Center. The campus also features a library, gymnasium, sports field, cafeteria, and small shop, with another convenience store located adjacent to the North Arrival Court.
On-site accommodation is available to international students and local students, in the form of the three International Residence Halls located at the ‘rear’ of the campus by the sports field. Two of the buildings provide studio apartment-sized single rooms for incoming students, as well as a limited number of ‘family’-sized apartments. Arranged in a wedge-shaped configuration, two sides of the wedge are lined with rooms, with an uncovered atrium in the centre. Completed first, amenities such as a communal kitchen and music room are located in Building 1. Building 2, completed later and featured to the right, moves the showers (and hot water supply) out of the individual rooms and to a communal shower and laundry area located on each floor. The newest Building 3 is located next to Building 2 and offers single rooms to international and local students.
SWA Group, a prominent landscape architecture firm, designed a gathering space for the campus, repurposing a former military base to create a multifunctional space suitable for social gatherings as well as studying. The space honors the Japanese belief that trees represent souls and SWA carefully transplanted or incorporated all of the trees from the existing forest. Beyond being featured in Roger Yee's Educational Environments and Walter Roger's textbook Professional Practice of Landscape Architecture: A Complete Guide to Starting and Running Your Own Firm, the plaza won a National ASLA Design Merit Award in 2003.
School Festival (Gaigosai)
The School Festival of TUFS, Gaigosai, which usually takes place in the end of November, is known for its originality. Freshmen provide food of the countries they major in and Sophomore plays drama in the language they major. The plays are called gogeki (language plays). They sometimes use drama texts written in the language, but they often translate works in another language by themselves. Gogeki was given some grant by Japanese government.
List of Exchange Universities
TUFS has partner universities in 35 countries.
- South Korea
- Hong Kong
- United States
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
Notable alumni and faculty members
- Futabatei Shimei, Novelist
- Nitobe Inazō, Educator
- Jinzai Kiyoshi, Novelist
- Jun Ishikawa, Author
- Firoz Mahmud, Visual artist, Bangladesh
- Masahiko Shimada, Author
- Nankichi Niimi, Author
- Chūya Nakahara, Poet
- Kafū Nagai, Author
- Mari Yonehara, Essayist
- Oh Seon-hwa, Professor at Takushoku University
- Hamada Kazuyuki, Politician, Member of the House of Councillors, Parliamentary Vice-Ministers for Foreign Affairs
- Hashimoto Ben, Politician, Member of the House of Representatives of Japan
- Hiroshi Saitō, Politician, former Governor of Yamagata Prefecture
- Uchiyama Iwataro, Politician, former Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture
- Nakajima Mineo, First President of Akita International University, a former President of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
- Sakai Kuniya, President of Kanda University of International Studies
- Sakae Osugi, Anarchist
- Yasuhiko Nagano, Deputy Director-General of Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Professor Emeritus of National Museum of Ethnology (Japan)
- Matsuzono Makio, Professor Emeritus, Fourth Director-General of National Museum of Ethnology (Japan)
- Hiroji Kataoka, Professor of Urdu at Daito Bunka University
- Shinji Maejima, Orientalist
- Okakura Kakuzō, Scholar
- Maeda Yoshinori, Tenth President of NHK
- Morohoshi Sayaka, Journalist
- Okakura Kakuzō, Scholar
- Shinichiro Sawai, Film Director
- Yoshio Ōkubo, President of Nippon Television
- Yukihide Takekawa, Singer-songwriter, Vocalist of Godiego
- Yūko Nakamura, Actress
- Genki Hitomi, Singer, Vocalist of Vow Wow
- Aoki Satoshi, former Chairperson of Honda, a former Chairperson of Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association
- Yamashita Hideki, President of Shueisha
- Murakami Koichi, former President of Fuji Television
- Hasegawa Kouji, first CEO of Shuto Expressway
- Mizukami Kenya, former Chairperson of Yomiuri Shimbun
- Arakawa Shoshi, CEO of Bridgestone
- Fujiwara Sakuya, former Bank of Japan Vice President
- Saiga Fumiko, former Judge of the International Criminal Court, a former Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations
- Sato Satoru, Japanese Ambassador to Spain
- Yamamoto Keiji, Japanese Ambassador in charge of Inspection
- Komano Kinichi, Japanese Ambassador to Iran
- Nishioka Atsushi, Japanese Ambassador to Djibouti
- Sato Soichi, Japanese Ambassador to Dominican Republic
- Hoshi Hideaki, Japanese Ambassador to Estonia
- Myoui Ryozo, Japanese Ambassador to Angola
- Minagawa Kazuo, Japanese Ambassador to Uganda
- Fujita Tadashi, former Japanese Ambassador in charge of disarmament and nonproliferation
- Tanaka Saburo, former Japanese Ambassador to Cuba, Deputy director of Naicho
- Inoue Masayuki, former Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh
- Hanada Marohito, former Japanese Ambassador to Mongolia
- Kidokoro Takuo, former Japanese Ambassador to Mongolia
- Nakasone Goro, former Japanese Ambassador to Paraguay
- Honda Hitoshi, former Japanese Ambassador to Finland
- Tokura Eiji, former Japanese Ambassador to Sweden
- Arai Koichi, Last Japanese Ambassador to East Germany
- Tanabe Ryuichi, former Japanese Ambassador to Poland
- Katsu Shigeo, Vice President of World Bank
- Kanbara Masanao, CEO of Mitsubishi Rayon
- Kuwahara Michio, CEO of Daiei
- Shimizu Shinjiro, former President of Mitsui & Co.
- Kodera Kei, former President of Toys "R" Us(Japan)
- Hidaka Nobuhiko, President of GartnerJapan
- Keizo Morikawa, President of Cosmo Oil
- Melt-Banana, Musician
- Jalsan, tulku and Professor of Mongolian at Inner Mongolia University
- Takuma Nakahira, Photographer and Photography Critic
- Yasuhiro Matsuda, professor of University of Tokyo (international politic), Yasuhiro Nakasone Award (2011)
- Nakae Chomin, former president
- Daryoush Ashouri, visiting professor
- Masao Yamaguchi, anthropologist, professor emeritus
- Takeshi Suzuki, professor of Urdu
- Kitamura Hajime, linguist
|Toyo Keizai National||General||20|
|NBP Greater Tokyo||Reputation||9|
|* The data of NBP is in 2009 rankings because of availability.|
TUFS is a specialized institution only in foreign language, international affairs and foreign studies, thus it is not as well known as other big universities such as University of Tokyo and Kyoto University. However, its prestigious position in Japan can be seen in the several rankings below.
According to the survey conducted by Nikkei HR in 2013, the TUFS won the first place in "working skills" ranking among Japanese universities. It shows that students grow their "working skills" through their studies at the university and they will learn faster and be operational once they have started their career. 
Weekly Diamond reported that TUFS has the 5th highest research standard in Japan in terms of research fundings per researcher in COE Program. In the same article, it's also ranked 3rd in terms of the quality of education by GP funds per student.
École des Mines de Paris ranks TUFS University as 92nd in the world in 2011 in terms of the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies, although TUFS is a smaller university compared to other Japanese universities in the ranking.
Popularity and selectivity
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- TUFS only has the Humanities department, so it has a tendency to be ranked weaker. see Truly Strong Universities#Criticisms
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- Private universities apply different kind of exams. Thus it's only comparable between universities in a same category.
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- Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Shimano ranks its entrance difficulty as SA (most selective/out of 11 scales) in Japan. 危ない大学・消える大学 2012年版 (in Japanese). YELL books. 2011.
- http://otdo.aa.tufs.ac.jp Old Tibetan Documents Online (OTDO) has Old Tibetan texts from the 7th to 12th centuries with search and KeyWord In Context and Dunhuang manuscripts, Inscriptions and related materials.
- TUFS website
- http://www.coelang.tufs.ac.jp/english/modules/index.html TUFS Language Modules] Learning Japanese in eight languages