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Early Spring Issue (Apr. 2013)


Waseda’s concept of an international youth exchange center

Generous support pledged to the Waseda University Nakano International Community Plaza

On January 16th, Waseda University held a press conference at Ono Auditorium to announce donations it has received for the “Waseda University Nakano International Community Plaza,” which is scheduled to open in 2014. A personal donation of 300 million yen was made by Mr. Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President & CEO of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. and alumni (1971) of the School of Political Science and Economics. Furthermore, a group of renowned entrepreneurs from Hong Kong, including Mr. Ronald Chao and his friend Mr. Masaaki Ogino, have committed funds in support of the new facility.

Through the generous donations, Waseda University is determined to use the “Waseda University Nakano International Community Plaza” to spread throughout Japanese universities the concept of an “international youth exchange center”—an idea shared by Mr. Yanai, Mr. Chao and Mr. Ogino which seeks to create long-lasting friendships between students throughout the world by deepening mutual awareness and understanding. Our university will create a communal lifestyle between foreign students and Japanese students, and will implement a variety of educational programs within the dormitory.

From right: Mr. Ogino, Mr. Chao, Mr. Yanai and President Kamata

Mr. Yanai