About Seikei Gakuen

Seikei Gakuen is a private school for primary, secondary and higher education, founded by Haruji Nakamura in 1912, and is known for its long tradition and character-building education. Approximately 10,000 students study on our large campus surrounded by rich and beautiful nature, located in Kichijoji, one of the most popular towns in the outskirts of Tokyo. The campus is well-equipped with athletic facilities, and our students actively engage in extra-curricular activities.

Our education emphasizes respect for individuality and cultivation of character. Seikei is also committed to developing global citizens. Since its founding, the school focused on English language education and in 1964 pioneered in educational programs for returnee students from abroad. Today, Seikei University has student exchange agreements with over 30 universities, and many international students choose Seikei for its warm, inviting learning community and unique educational experience in Japan. Undergraduate students at Seikei pursue their majors from one of the five faculties (economics, business administration, law, humanities, and science and technology) but they also have the opportunity to take a diverse array of liberal arts courses and interdisciplinary programs. Seikei Junior and Senior High School and Seikei Elementary School also have a long-lasting tradition of accepting international students as well as returnee students.

Seikei is committed to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD); Seikei Gakuen established Sustainability Education and Research Center in 2018, and was accredited as a UNESCO School member in 2019.

Seikei Gakuen large auditorium

About Seikei

School Motto

Haruji Nakamura, the founder of Seikei Gakuen, felt misgivings about the uniform approach to education in Japan towards the end of the Meiji Era. He wanted to foster a human education that balances personality and learning as well as the mind and body, not merely focusing on the acquisition of knowledge.
In 1906 (the 39th year of the Meiji Era), he established and opened a student cram school and named it “Seikei-en” the following year. With the assistance of two academic colleagues, Koyata Iwasaki and Shigezo Imamura, Haruji Nakamura opened Seikei Jitsumu Gakko in 1912 (the 45th year of the Meiji Era). The main focus of education for our founder, Haruji Nakamura, was “Respecting individuality”, “Cultivating one’s character” and the “Fulfillment of labor.”
Seikei Gakuen has steadily progressed to this day by making the education principle of “drawing out one’s individuality and cultivating one’s character” as its foundation.
The seeds that Haruji Nakamura sowed have grown into a giant tree known as “Seikei Gakuen”, and we are preparing to make a further leap forward.
The ethos of respecting individuality will continue to be passed on through the elementary, junior and senior high schools and the university.
Seikei Gakuen will continue to foster self-initiative and creativity, and polish the personality of each individual as well as nurture knowledge and skills for internationalization and computerization required in our future society.

Haruji Nakamura

The History of Seikei Gakuen


Haruji Nakamura founds a private school in Hongo-Nishikatamachi
The private school is named “Seikei-en”
Seikei Jitsumu Gakko opens in Ikebukuro with the aid of Koyota Iwasaki and Shigezo Imamura
Seikei Junior High School opens
Seikei Elementary School opens
Seikei Women’s School and Seikei Business School open
Juridical Foundation of Seikei Gakuen is founded
Chief Executive Director Haruji Nakamura passes away; the school is moved from Ikebukuro to Kichijoji
Seikei Senior High School (7-year system) opens
School song is adopted
International Class is added to Seikei Elementary School
The new Seikei Junior High School is inaugurated
The new Seikei Senior High School is inaugurated
Seikei University is inaugurated (The Faculty of Political Science and Economics is established)
Exchange program with Saint Paul’s School is initiated in the Senior High School


Seikei Meteorological Observatory is established (Observation and reporting starts in the 1st year of the Showa Era)
The Faculty of Engineering is established in the University
Special International Class is inaugurated in the Junior High School
The Faculty of Humanities is established in the University
The Graduate School of Engineering is established in the University
The Faculty of Political Science and Economics is reorganized into the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Law in the University
The Graduate School of Econimics is established in the University
The Graduate School of Law is established (*Renamed the Graduate School of Law and Political Science in 1972)
Exchange program with Cowra High School is initiated in the High School
The Graduate School of Humanities is established in the University
The Graduate School of Business is established in the University
The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) is established in the University
Acceptance of returnee students starts in the Senior High School
The Center of International Exchange is established in the University
International House opens


Seikei Institute for International Studies is established
The Graduate School of Legal Apprenticeship(Law School) is established in the University
The Faculty of Engineering is reorganized into the Faculty of Science and Technology in the University
The new University Library opens
The Graduate School of Economics and Management is established in the University
The Graduate School of Engineering is reorganized into the Graduate School of Science and Technology in the University
The 100th anniversary of founding
Seikei Education and Research Center for Sustainable Development is established
Seikei Gakuen is certified as a member of UNESCO Associated Schools
The Faculty of Economics is reorganized into the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Business Administration in the University
Seikei University Institute for a Super-Smart Society is established

Message from Chief Executive Director

Chief Executive Director of Seikei Gakuen KOBAYASHI Ken


Addressing the educational reforms required in times of change

The history of Seikei Gakuen dates back to 1912, when its founder, Haruji Nakamura, with the cooperation of his close friends from junior high school, Mr. Koyata Iwasaki and Mr. Shigezo Imamura, opened the predecessor of Seikei Gakuen, “Seikei Jitsumu-Gakko” in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Since then, the school has developed as a comprehensive school with an elementary, junior high, high school, university, and graduate school, sending out many talented people who are active both in Japan and abroad, while inheriting the educational philosophy of “respect for the individual,” “cultivation of character,” and “fulfillment of labor,” based on the ideal of “A peach tree says nothing, yet people naturally create a path to it,” which has been the foundation of the school since its founding.

Now, amidst the drastic changes in society, the world is being forced to undergo severe challenges, and the field of school education is being placed in a difficult situation where conventional wisdom is no longer applicable. However, it is precisely in times such as these that private schools must practice distinctive education that is in tune with the times and earn a high reputation and trust from society.

Seikei Gakuen celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2022, but we are not content to rest on our laurels and we continue to strive for more. Since FY 2013, we have formulated medium-term plans, and have been implementing reforms over the 10 years of the first medium-term plan (fiscal 2013 to fiscal 2018) and the second medium-term plan (fiscal 2019 to fiscal 2022). Based on the past achievements and challenges, the school established a new third medium-term plan with a six-year achievement period from FY 2023 until FY2028, with the goal of cultivating ‘virtuous people’ who contribute to the development of global society with a solid liberal arts education and rich sense of humanity. Currently, in order to achieve these school goals, each school and incorporated educational organization have set their own goals and are working together to achieve them.

In order to nurture human resources who combine a solid liberal arts education with a rich sense of humanity and who are capable of making a dedicated contribution to the development of society is the founding principle of Seikei Gakuen, and it is a mission that will be called for even more strongly in the coming age. It is precisely at this difficult time, when the world is changing at a remarkable pace, that we will continue our efforts to swiftly implement educational reforms that meet the needs of the times and send out the human resources that are required by society.
We sincerely appreciate your continued understanding and support.

Message from Chancellor

Chancellor of Seikei Gakuen EGAWA Masako

EGAWA Masako

Nurturing young people to take on global challenges

Since assuming the position of school Chancellor last April, I have held numerous discussions with people inside and outside the school and conducted surveys, and based on the results, we have developed the third medium-term plan that we will work on over the next six years. Based on the school’s goal to “nurture ‘people of virtue’ who contribute to the development of global society with a solid liberal arts background and rich humanity,” the university, junior and senior high school, and elementary school each set their own goals and have formulated key policies and action plans to achieve them.

One of the areas we are particularly interested in focusing on in our medium-term plan is the internationalization of education and the development of global human resources. The university will enhance a variety of study abroad programs to provide many students with overseas experience, and at the same time, promote efforts to increase the number of international students to realize a learning environment rich in diversity. We are also expanding opportunities for study abroad and overseas experience in junior and senior high schools as well as elementary school.

When I was in high school, I read Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”. The book points out the impact of pesticides and other chemicals on the ecosystem and raises environmental issues. Learning that humans have destroyed the ecosystem and that nature is striking back at us, I was shocked. In recent years, global warming, ocean pollution, deforestation, and biodiversity loss have become increasingly severe, and environmental sustainability has become a pressing issue for all humankind.

Since its foundation, Seikei Gakuen has practiced education connected to the principles of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development), and established the Seikei Education and Research Center for Sustainable Development in 2018. ESD involves sharing the values of sustainable development, and through this, developing systematic thinking, critical thinking, information analysis, communication, and leadership skills. Seikei Gakuen is certified as a UNESCO school and has become a base for promoting ESD. ESD is incorporated not only into the educational curriculum but also into extracurricular activities. For example, students from elementary school to university work all together every year on the “Keyaki Circulation Project,” in which they collect fallen leaves from zelkova on campus, make compost, and use it to grow plants.

Graduates of Seikei Gakuen, which has been focusing on education for international understanding for more than 100 years, are working to solve various problems around the world. We will continue to make full use of the tradition of liberal arts education of the old high school system, and will do our utmost in cooperation with alumni and parents to nurture young people who will take on the challenges of global issues and lead the 21st century. We appreciate your continued understanding and support.