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 is a private university based in Tokyomarker, Japanmarker.

The university originated in a school of law, Tōkyō Hōgakusha ( , i.e. Tokyo company of law), established in 1880, and the following year renamed Tōkyō Hōgakkō ( , i.e. Tokyo school of law). This was from 1883 headed by Dr. Gustave Emile Boissonade, and was heavily influenced by the French legal tradition. It merged in 1889 with a school of French studies, Tōkyō Futsugakkō ( , i.e. Tokyo French school), that had been founded three years earlier. It adopted the name Hosei University ( , Hōsei daigaku, i.e. Tokyo university of law and politics) in 1903 and was recognized as a private university in 1920.

{| align="right"
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has three main campuses, which it calls Ichigaya, Koganei, and Tama. The Ichigaya campus is halfway between Ichigayamarker and Iidabashimarker stations in central Tokyo; its 26-story Boissonade Tower, completed in 2000, can be seen from either station. The campus has a city flavour but is still somewhat isolated from central Tokyo; the nearby presence of Yasukuni Shrinemarker also contributes.

Sciences are studied at the Koganei campus to the west of Tokyo, and other subjects are split between Tama, which is near Hachiōji, and Ichigaya.

Schools (by campus)


A banner hangs in the atrium of Sotobori building on the Ichigaya campus, welcoming new students
  • Faculty of Law ( , Hōgakubu)
  • Faculty of Letters ( , Bungakubu)
  • Faculty of Business Administration ( , Keieigakubu)
  • Faculty of Intercultural Communication ( , Kokusai-bunka-gakubu)
  • Faculty of Humanity and Environment ( , Ningen-kankyō-gakubu)
  • Faculty of Lifelong Learning and Career Studies ( , Kyaria-dezain-gakubu)
  • Faculty of Engineering and Design ( , Dezain-kōgakubu)
  • Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS, , Gurōbaru-kyōyō-gakubu) (from 2008)
  • Institute of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (IGIS, , Gurōbaru-gakusai-kenkyū-insutityūto)
  • Sports Science Institute (SSI, , Supōtsu-saiensu-insutityūto)
  • Graduate School of Humanities ( , Jinbun-kagaku-kenkyūka)
  • Graduate School of Economics ( , Keizaigaku-kenkyūka)
  • Graduate School of Law ( , Hōgaku-kenkyūka)
  • Graduate School of Politics ( , Seijigaku-kenkyūka)
  • Graduate School of Sociology ( , Shakaigaku-kenkyūka)
  • Graduate School of Business Administration ( , Keieigaku-kenkyūka)
  • Graduate School of Policy Sciences ( , Seisaku-kagaku-kenkyūka)
  • Graduate School of Environmental Management ( , Kankyō-manejimento-kenkyūka)
  • Graduate School of Intercultural Communication ( , Kokusai-bunka-kenkyūka)
  • International Japan-Studies Institute ( , Kokusai-nihongaku-insutityūto)
  • Law School ( , Hōka-daigakuin)
  • Business School of Innovation Management ( , Inobēshon-manejimento-kenkyūka)


  • Faculty of Economics ( , Keizaigakubu)
  • Faculty of Social Sciences ( , Shakaigakubu)
  • Faculty of Social Policy and Administration ( , Gendai-fukushi-gakubu)
  • Graduate School of Social Well-Being Studies ( , Ningen-shakai-kenkyūka)


  • Faculty of Engineering ( , Kōgakubu) (being phased out)
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering ( , Rikōgakubu) (from 2008)
  • Faculty of Bioscience and Applied Chemistry ( , Seimeikagakubu) (from 2008)
  • Faculty of Computer and Information Science ( , Jōhōkagakubu)
  • Graduate School of Engineering ( , Kōgaku-kenkyūka)
  • Graduate School of Computer and Information Science ( , Jōhōkagaku-kenkyūka)

Conflict with activists

Activists claim that this photo shows one of their members allegedly beaten unconscious by security guards at Hosei's Ichigaya campus.
June 2009 article by David McNeill in the Japan Times reported that since 2006 the administrators of the Ichigaya campus of Hosei had been involved in series of violent confrontations and arbitrary actions against activists representing the Japan Revolutionary Communist League and one of the organizations calling itself Zengakuren. According to the activists, the actions had included beating and detaining student protesters by campus security guards, expulsions, and posting student's names on bulletin boards and internet sites.

The activists claim that the university's reaction to student protests and activism has been excessively heavy-handed and that innocent student bystanders have been swept up in the university's suppression. The University has not commented publicly on the issue, but states on its website that the crackdown was in response to disruption caused by the activists at the Ichigaya campus, including interference with teaching, assault and verbal threats against university staff members. After an anonymous letter to the Japan Times disputed McNeill's summary and the claims by the activists that this included, McNeill said that 13 Hosei University students had been arrested during the conflict, with nine indicted and awaiting trial on charges ranging from trespassing to obstruction of law enforcement.


* dropped out before graduation


With what they taught (or teach), which may be different from what they are more widely known for.


The university's baseball team plays as one of the Tokyo Big Six league.


  1. McNeill, David, " Rumpus on campus: Prestigious university in Tokyo has become a battleground in a war over freedom of political expression", Japan Times, June 9, 2009, p. 12.
  2. "Readers in Council," The protesters at Hosei University", Japan Times, June 14, 2009, p. 16.
  3. McNeill, David, " University welcome to weigh in", Japan Times, June 21, 2009, p. 17.

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