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Brief History of Kokugakuin University

1882 Koten Kokyusho (an educational institute for research in Japanese Shinto), the predecessor of Kokugakuin University, was founded (at Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku).
1889 The Constitution of the Empire of Japan was promulgated.
1890 Kokugakuin was established in Koten Kokyusho. In 1904, it was raised to vocational college status pursuant to the Vocational Colleges Act.
1906 The college name was changed to Kokugakuin Private University. In 1919, the name changed to Kokugakuin University.
1912 The imperial era changed to Taisho.
1920 Raised to university status pursuant to the Universities Act.
1923 The campus moved to Shibuya.
1926 The Imperial era changed to Showa.
1946 Koten Kokyusho was closed down. Kokugakuin University Foundation was established.
The Constitution of Japan was proclaimed.
1947 Faculty II was established.
1948 Faculty of Letters was established under the new system.
1949 Faculty of Letters II was established under the new system. Faculty of Political Science was set up.
1950 Faculty of Politics was expanded to Faculty of Political Science and Economics.
Changed to School Juridicial Person, Kokugakuin University. Faculties of Political Science and Economics II were established. Master’s Course in Graduate School of Letters was established.
1953 Doctorate Course in Graduate School of Letters was established.
1954 Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics was set up.
1958 Special Shinto Course was changed to Special Shinto Study Course.
1963 Faculty of Law I was established.
1964 The Tokyo Olympic Games were held.
1965 Faculty of Law II was established.
1966 Faculties of Economics I and II were established.
1967 Master’s Course in Graduate School of Law and Department of Shinto Studies in Faculty of Letters II were established respectively.
1968 Master’s Course in Graduate School of Economics was established.
1969 Doctorate Course in Graduate School of Law was established.
1982 The university commemorated its 100th anniversary. Kokugakuin Women’s Junior College was established. (Takikawa City, Hokkaido)
1985 Lessons started in the New Ishikawa school building (the current Yokohama Tama-Plaza campus).
1989 The Heisei era began.
1990 The 100th anniversary commemorated by the Kokugakuin Declaration.
1991 Kokugakuin Women’s Junior College was renamed as Kokugakuin Junior College to introduce co-education.
1992 Lessons for freshmen and sophomores of Faculty I started at Tama-Plaza campus.
1995 Approval was given for establishment of Department of Japanese Literature, Department of Chinese Literature and Department of Foreign Languages and Culture Studies in Faculty of Letters I; Department of Socio-Economic Networking in Faculty of Economics
I; Department of Industry and Consumer Information Studies in Faculty of Economics II.
1997 The university commemorated its 115th anniversary.
2001 Faculty of Law II and Faculty of Economics II were abolished, and day and night courses were introduced.
2002 Department of Shinto Studies in Faculty of Letters (I and II) was reorganized into Faculty of Shinto Studies.
The 120th anniversary was celebrated on November 4.
2003 Building No.1 commemorating the 120th anniversary was completed (in February).
2004 Law School was established. Building No.2 commemorating the 120th anniversary was completed (in July).
2005 Department of Business Management in Faculty of Economics was established. In the Department of Japanese Literature and Department of History in Faculty of Letters, day and night courses were introduced.
2006 Construction of Wakagi Tower was completed (in May).
2007 The Organization for the Advancement of Research and Development was launched (in April).
2008 Academic Media Center was completed (in March).
2009 Faculty of Human Development was established. Institute for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning was launched. Kokugakuin Junior College was renamed as Kokugakuin University Hokkaidou Junior College. Building No.3 was completed (August).
2013 The Department of Child Studies was established in the Faculty of Human Development in April.
Brief History of Kokugakuin University