As one of Japan’s oldest and largest private university, Meiji University has produced a prolific and distinguished list of alumni, who count amongst them two Japanese Prime Ministers, and over 250 Olympic Athletes, with 36 medals won amongst them. Meiji University is an exciting urban university located in the very heart of Tokyo – just five minutes from Tokyo Station. Its prime location, coupled with its strong networks and support system for job hunting, make Meiji University rank first in all of Japan for student support when it comes to job hunting.

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Yohei Sasakawa

Mr. Yohei Sasakawa (left), Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, receiving the 2014 International Maritime Prize for his contribution to the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). By: International Maritime Organization [CC BY 2.0]
Yohei Sasakawa is the current chairman of The Nippon Foundation – an organization concerned with humanitarian activities in Japan and internationally, especially regarding issues such as public health, education, and poverty. Sasakawa graduated from Meiji University’s School of Political Science and Economics and has since spent much of his life dedicated to working in the field of public health, with a focus on leprosy, and poverty. He has worked closely with international organizations such as the World Health Organization to not only eradicate leprosy, but also to end discrimination against leprosy-affect individuals. Sasakawa’s work has been recognized internationally by organizations such as the International Leprosy Union and the World Health Organization.

Yoshihiro Yonezawa

Yoshihiro Yonezawa was one of Japan’s most prolific and respected manga critic, as well as the co-founded and president of Comiket – the largest fan convention in the world. Interestingly, Yonezawa studied engineering at Meiji University, and during his time there, started writing reviews about manga when he joined Meiji University’s literary critics group Meikyu. After graduation, Yonezawa found himself as a writer, editor, and subsequently critic of popular culture and manga in Japan. Yonezawa’s influence on Japan’s manga scene is undeniable, and Meiji University houses a library – the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures – which contains a massive collection of manga, books, subculture-related magazines, and many more important cultural pieces.

Tomiichi Murayama

Tomiichi Murayama, taken on September 8, 2010. By: ian smith3 [CC BY 2.0]
Tomiichi Murayama was elected the Prime Minister of Japan in 1994 and was the chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Japan (SDJP). He graduated from Meiji University’s School of Political Science and Economics, and soon started his political career in the Oita City Council. Murayama also held positions in the House of Representatives of Japan, as well as the Diet Affairs Committee of his political party. During his time as Prime Minister, Murayama also worked on a variety of social issues such as labor rights, child support, and disability support.

Tomohisa Yamashita (Yamapi)

Tomohisa Yamashita, also known in popular culture as Yamampi, is a famous idol, actor, and singer. Yamashita graduated from Meiji University’s School of Commerce with a Commerce degree in 2008 but was by then already a prolific actor in his own right. Yamashita had joined Johnny’s and Associates, a well-known Japanese talent agency, and had been acting and singing on television for years. Since then, Yamashita has been featured in some of the most popular drama series and movies in Japan, such as Kurosagi, Proposal Daisakusen, and Kinkyori Ren’ai.

Feature image is Meiji University Izumi Campus, taken on October 5, 2014 by Dick Thomas Johnson [CC BY 2.0]. Image retrieved from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/31029865@N06/22059469041