Meiji University (明治大学,Meiji daigaku) is a private university with campuses in Tokyo and Kawasaki, founded in 1881 by three Meiji-era lawyers, Kishimoto Tatsuo, Miyagi Kōzō, and Yashiro Misao. It is one of the largest and most prestigious Japanese universities in Tokyo according to major college-preparatory schools in Japan.
The university announced on February 26, 2009, that it would open a museum dedicated to anime and manga. It will include international research centers hosting Japanese and international scholars as well as a large quality of artifacts on the subject.
Meiji has filed the 62nd highest number of patents in the nation as its research outcomes.
Graduate school rankings
Meiji Law School is considered as one of the top Japanese law schools, as Meiji's number of successful candidates for Japanese bar examination has been 14th and 20th in 2009 and 2010 respectively. It is one of the strongest department in this university as the cumulative number of people qualified as lawyer and prosecutor has been historically 6th after WW2.
Eduniversal ranked Meiji as 4th in the rankings of "Excellent Business Schools nationally strong and/or with continental links" in Japan.
Graduates from Meiji enjoy good success in the Japanese industries.
According to the Weekly Economist's 2010 rankings, graduates from Meiji University have the 35th best employment rate in 400 major companies
The university is also ranked 6th in Japan for the number of alumni holding the position of executive in the listed companies of Japan, and this number per student (probability of becoming an executive) is 25th.
Meiji graduates have been ranked 5th in Japan in the number of successful national CPA exam applicants. Its graduates have been also ranked 9th in Japan in the number of successful Architect Registration exam applicants.
Furthermore, the number of Members of Parliament who graduated Meiji is 6th in Japan.
Popularity and selectivity
Meiji is a popular university in Japan. The number of applicants per place was 24.9 (113,905/4,582) in the 2011 undergraduate admissions, this number of applicants (113,905) was largest in 2011. Its entrance difficulty is also very selective.
Former (1974–1976) Japanese prime minister Takeo Miki
^David McNeill, "A Scholarly Home for Manga," Chronicle of Higher Education. ("To continue reading this premium article [beyond the first 2½ sentences], you must have a Chronicle account AND a subscription or an online pass.")
^E.g. Yoyogi seminar published Hensachi (the indication showing the entrance difficulties by prep schools) rankings "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 22, 2011. Retrieved April 28, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
^Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Shimano ranks its entrance difficulty as A1 (2nd most selective/out of 10 scales) in Japan. 危ない大学・消える大学 2012年版 (in Japanese). YELL books. 2011.
^Awarded an honorary Bachelor of Science in engineering in 2004, 34 years after he dropped out to pursue his career in entertainment.