Learn more about Waseda University
| Image:Waseda logo.jpg
(Independence of Learning)
|Faculty|| 1,669 full-time|
|Location||Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan|
|Athletics||43 varsity teams|
|Mascot||Waseda Bear, Fukuchan (unofficial)|
|Fight song||Kompeki no sora|
|Affiliations||Tokyo Six Universities|
Waseda University (早稲田大学 Waseda daigaku?), often abbreviated to Sodai (早大 Sōdai?) is the top private university in Japan, known for the liberal culture symbolized by its motto "Independence of Learning".
Apart from University of Tokyo, it is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in Japan. It is often compared with Keio University. As for baseball, it is a member of the Tokyo 6 Universities. It is located on the northern side of Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward.
Waseda is also known as a training ground for Japanese politicians. Five postwar prime ministers are Waseda alumni: Tanzan Ishibashi (1956–1957), Noboru Takeshita (1987–1989), Toshiki Kaifu (1989–1991), Keizo Obuchi (1998–2000), and Yoshiro Mori (2000–2001).
Socialist leader Mosaburo Suzuki was also a Waseda alumnus.
The school was founded by samurai scholar and Meiji-era politician and former prime minister Okuma Shigenobu in 1882, and was designated a full university in 1902. Much of the campus was destroyed in the firebombings of Tokyo during World War II, but the university was rebuilt and reopened by 1949.
Waseda's literature program is particularly famous, and counts Haruki Murakami and Tawara Machi among its graduates. The Waseda University Library is also possessed of a unique collection which survived the Bombing of Tokyo in World War II unlike many of its counterparts. This means that its collection is an important resource in the study of pre-war Japanese history and literature.
Waseda was recently involved in the development of the WL-16 "walking robot."
Many international students from Asia or the other areas are registered. The numbers of Chinese and Korean students are great historically, in consequence, there is a strong relationship with political and economic circles of both countries.
 Surrounding Areas
Waseda University's main campus is aptly located in the Nishi-Waseda district of Shinjuku, though Waseda is generally associated with the Yamanote Line station, Takadanobaba. One stop away from Waseda on the Tozai line is Kagurazaka. 60 years ago Kagurazaka was the Geisha center of Tokyo. Besides having fewer geisha, it is now home to French and classic Japanese restaurants.
Northwest of the university is Ikebukuro, the second busiest station in Tokyo. A place incongruously (for being so busy) devoid of much nightlife outside of massage parlors and hostess bars.
One stop away on the Yamanote line from Takadanobaba is Mejiro Station. A veritable oasis of calm and beauty when contrasted to bustling and youthful Takadanobaba station. Mejiro station is adjacent to Gakushuin University.
 Sports competitions
The rivalry between Waseda and Keio University is highlighted by the Sōkeisen in the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League. The baseball series is held twice a year in the Spring and Autumn. Held at Meiji-Jingu Stadium, it is considered one of the most important competitions by both student bodies. The Waseda University Baseball Club is the most successful team in the Big6 league in terms of winning percentage, but it has 37 league championships, which puts it second behind Hosei University.
 Football (soccer)
 Rugby union
Waseda University Rugby Football Club currently is the reigning university rugby union champion in Japan, reaching the university championships 25 times, and winning nine times. Its rival for the last five championships has been Kanto Gakuin University.
 Famous alumni
- Tanzan Ishibashi (1956–1957)
- Noboru Takeshita (1987–1989)
- Toshiki Kaifu (1989–1991)
- Keizo Obuchi (1998–2000)
- Yoshiro Mori (2000–2001)
- Kanichi Asakawa (Asian historian)
- Lafcadio Hearn (literary scholar and playwright)
- Tien-Min Li (Chinese political historian)
- Ungku Abdul Aziz Ungku Abdul Hamid (Leading Malaysian Academician)
- Norichika Aoki (baseball)
- Shizuka Arakawa (figure skater)
- Kunishige Kamamoto (football player)
- Yukari Nakano (figure skater)
- Shigeyuki Nishio (tennis)
- Mikio Oda (athletics, Japan's first Olympic gold medalist)
- Kenji Ogiwara (nordic combined, 1992/1994 Winter Olympics gold medalist)
- Yoriko Okamoto (taekwondo, 2000 Sydney Olympics bronze medalist)
- Michito Sakaki (Australian rules football)
- Jiro Sato (tennis)
- Takuma Sato (Formula One driver, dropout)
- Hiroaki Shukuzawa (rugby player)
- Fumie Suguri (figure skater)
- Kisshomaru Ueshiba (martial artist)
- Toshihiko Seko (marathon runner)
- Shinichi Takeuchi (baseball)
- Takashi Toritani (baseball)
- Tsuyoshi Wada (baseball)
- Yoko Zetterlund (volleyball)
- Mitsusuke Harada (martial artist, Head of KDS)
- Tsutomu Ohshima (Chief Instructor of Shotokan Karate of America)
- Fukuhara Ai (table tennis)
- Edogawa Rampo
- Haruki Murakami
- Kitahara Hakushu (dropout)
- Kunikida Doppo
- Manabu Miyazaki (dropout)
- Masuji Ibuse (dropout)
- Ototake Hirotada (sports writer)
- Shuji Terayama
- Taneda Santoka (dropout)
- Yoko Tawada
- Tawara Machi
- Yajima Teruo (dropout)
- Yokomitsu Riichi (dropout)
- Risa Wataya
 Business Leaders
- Hiroshi Yamauchi (dropout)
- Masaru Ibuka
- Michael Kogan
- Nobuyuki Idei
- Yoshiaki Tsutsumi
- Lee Kun-hee
- Takeo Fukui
- Tadashi Yanai
- Kenichi Ohmae
- Mikio Sasaki
- Soichiro Fukutake
- Naohito Fujiki (actor)
- Mitsuhiro Hidaka (singer)
- Ryoko Hirosue (actress, dropout)
- Hirokazu Koreeda (film director)
- Tetsuya Komuro (musician, dropout)
- Shigeru Muroi (actress, dropout)
- Masato Sakai (actor, dropout)
- Tamori (comedian and television presenter, dropout)
- Sayuri Yoshinaga (actress)
- Tegoshi Yuya (singer, actor)
- Nancy Andrew (translator, junior year, 1967–1968)
- Yuji Horii (video game designer)
- Thomas P. Logan (businessman-venture capitalist, 1982–84)
- Megumi Mizusawa (manga artist)
- Kiyoshi Ogawa (Naval Aviator Ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II)
 Waseda University in nonfiction
- Manabu Miyazaki; Toppamono: Outlaw. Radical. Suspect. My Life in Japan's Underworld (2005, Kotan Publishing, ISBN 0-9701716-2-5)
 External links
|Tokyo Big Six Baseball League|
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