Message from the Principal

Nourishing individuals who can demonstrate their full potential in the globalizing community.

Beginning in the 1970s, Japan entered a phase of rapid globalization. As the number of Japanese people working abroad grew, education for children after their return to Japan gained prominent attention. Joseph Hardy Neesima, the founder of Doshisha, studied abroad during the Edo era, and was the first Japanese person to graduate from an American university, thus making him the first ever returnee student after his return to Japan. It was only natural that Doshisha, a school established by such a figure, take action towards education for returnee students. Doshisha International Junior and Senior High School was founded on the 100th anniversary of Doshisha’s establishment.

Doshisha International Senior High School was established in 1980 followed by the establishment of the Junior high school in 1988. With more than 30 years of experience, we have tried to convey the simple message that each individual is special and important regardless of the background of whether or not they are a returnee student. We structure classes according to each students’ needs and understandings because however challenging it is, it is our fundamental philosophy that every individual is unique and important and they should be treated in that way.

We provide a learning environment where the students with different backgrounds come together and share in the learning processes. Through interaction between the students, they learn about perseverance and diversity which are some of the vital aspects of being a part of a now globalizing society. Our curriculum is based on self-discipline, where the students set their own goals. Through challenging and rediscovering one’s potential, the students acclaim these elements:

Many of the students who have graduated from our school take roles as leaders for research projects in further education and in society. We hope to meet you here at the school and to travel through the journey together to become a truly broad-minded global individual.

Principal of Doshisha International Junior and Senior High School Mitsunobu Toda