Hitotsubashi at a Glance

Hitotsubashi University was founded in 1875 as the first business school in Japan, with the mission of nurturing the “Captains of Industry” essential for the nation’s rapid modernization and development. Over the years, it has gradually expanded the scope of its research and teaching to cover all fields of the social sciences, and today enjoys a well-deserved reputation as one of the top research universities in Japan. In 2019, it was accredited as one of the few outstanding Designated National Universities – the only one specializing in the social sciences.




About 530 faculty members


Undergraduate students About 4,400
Graduate and professional students About 1,900
Total About 6,300
Of these, international students About 820

4 Faculties, 6 Graduate Schools, and One Institute

Hitotsubashi University is made up of 11 principal academic units – four faculties, six graduate schools and one institute.

  • Commerce and Management (Faculty)
  • Business Administration (Graduate School)
  • Economics (Faculty, Graduate School)
  • Law (Faculty, Graduate School)
  • Social Sciences (Faculty, Graduate School)
  • Language and Society (Graduate School)
  • International and Public Policy (School)
  • Institute of Economic Research


Our main teaching and research activities take place at Kunitachi Campus in western Tokyo. Kodaira Kokusai (International) Campus has residence halls for both domestic and international students along with excellent sports facilities. Chiyoda Campus is located in the birthplace of Hitotsubashi, Kanda-Hitotsubashi in central Tokyo, and offers a part of courses for the Graduate School of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Law.

Hitotsubashi University President

Professor Nakano Satoshi

University Income (Fiscal Year 2019)

JPY 11.2 billion

University Expenses (Fiscal Year 2019)

JPY 10.9 billion

Library Collection

Hitotsubashi University Library holds more than 2 million volumes and more than 17,000 journals and electronic journals. The collections in the Center for Historical Social Science Literature are of outstanding international significance with more than 76,200 volumes of rare materials in the social sciences including the Carl Menger collection, the Otto von Gierke Collection, and the Soda Kiichiro collection, to name but a few. The library has been rated as one of the top university libraries in Japan in the University Library Rankings conducted by the Asahi Shimbun Publications Incorporated


The name Hitotsubashi University comes from “Kanda-Hitotsubashi”, the name of the area in central Tokyo where the Tokyo Commercial School was built. The school became the Tokyo University of Commerce in 1920 and moved to its present location in western Tokyo after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, but the affinity for the name remained.
It was renamed Hitotsubashi University in 1949 at the post-WW2 educational reform. The name “Hitotsubashi” gained a majority in every ballot of the Student Council, the Faculty Board, the administrative staff and the Alumuni Association, for a reorganized four-year university.

Hitotsubashi University Symbol

The crest was created in 1887 when the Tokyo Commercial School was renamed the Higher Commercial School.
The Mercury represents the cane of the Roman god of trade and commerce, Mercury, with two snakes wrapped around it with wings at the top, while the initials CC stand for Commercial College. The snakes represent intellect and the ability to be sensitive to world trends, and the wings represent our ambition to fly to the five continents.
The symbol using the Mercury of the University crest as a motif was designated as the official Hitotsubashi University symbol in 2006.


Hitotsubashi has long placed seminars at the core of its curricula. While lectures feature prominently in Japanese tertiary education, all Hitotsubashi students are required to participate in small-group seminars as well. Such a system not only cultivates their individual abilities and personalities, but also provides them with the opportunity to develop close and often lifelong relationships with their fellow students and supervising professors. The seminars also facilitate a high level of study and research and underpin the creative and liberal character for which the University is famous.

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