It has been 35 years since the establishment of the Japan Campus of Temple University. It has adapted itself to the circumstances of Japan, and has come to be highly praised as a genuine American university. The number of its graduates has now reached tens of thousands, and the university campus is planned to be expanded in the future.
20 to 30 years ago, there was competition among foreign universities to come to Japan to open their campuses. For several years in this period, about 20 campuses of foreign universities were established, but ultimately, almost all of them withdrew. It is said that the main reason for their withdrawal was due to the excessive regulations by the then Ministry of Education and other government agencies. Among them, only Temple University has survived until now. It goes without saying that the management of universities does not last without firm educational principles and social trust.
For more than ten years, Dr. Bruce Stronach, Dean of Temple University has made great efforts to strengthen the university’s organization. Temple University has played the great role as a high-level educational institute aiming to foster internationally-minded citizens in the Japanese educational policies. Therefore, the role of Temple University is highly expected by the Japanese people.
Actually, I am closely connected with Temple University and have done some work for the university. I have coordinated the relations among the Japanese Government, different ministries and agencies, etc. For example, I once assisted the university in its obtaining student discounts for commuter passes coordinating some ministries and agencies. It was really a time-consuming work.
I have known Dr. Stronach for more than 40 years. He was my classmate when I was studying at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston at that time. At one time, he and I were assigned by our professor to do research for half a month concerning a factory of Japan’s Kikkoman Soy Sauce in Wisconsin which had just come to the U.S. At present, Kikkoman Soy Sauce is said to be a staple of the American food.
(Photo: Left to me is Tetsuko Kuroyanagi)