Osaka | Webster University


Study Japanese language, literature, history, culture, politics and economics in one of Japan's most exciting cities. The Kansai program is open to Webster students and students from Webster's affiliate institutions only at the current time. For more information about life as an international exchange student at Kansai, please visit the Kansai website.

In the early 1870's, the Ministry of Justice established its own law school. Western legal concepts, including the concept of human rights, were introduced to Japan by distinguished foreign scholars.  The founders of Kansai University had all studied at this law school under the French jurist Boissonade de Fontarabie.Kansai University was founded as Kansai Law School in November 1886 in the large commercial city of Osaka. Its founders were six judicial officers who were in the service of the then Osaka Court of Appeal.

The idea of individual rights and legal processes independent of the central government were new to Japan. Long after their study with Dr. Boissonade, the founders continued to feel these concepts were vital to the new Japan. They felt it their duty to popularize jurisprudence in order to inspire people with the idea of independent judiciary and human rights.

From this desire came the idea of founding a Law School. They then sought and received the assistance and cooperation of Kojima Korekata, their superior (later the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court), and Doi Michio, President of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In 1905 the institution was renamed Kansai University. In 1922 the main campus was moved to the present site in Suita, a suburb of Osaka, thus paving the way for later growth. With the reformation of the educational system in Japan after the Second World War, Kansai University joined the new university system incorporating four Faculties of Law, Letters, Economics, and Commerce in an attempt to expand the scope for teaching.Thus Kansai Law School made its start as the first law school located in Osaka. The founders taught that law belongs to common citizens and that the citizens should protect themselves by law. Thereupon were born the academic traditions of the love of justice and freedom. Since then the institution has diversified and developed steadily thanks to the support and trust extended by the general public.

The Graduate School was established in 1950. The Faculty of Engineering was founded in 1958, followed by the Faculty of Sociology in 1967. And in response to the needs of today's information society, a Faculty of Informatics was newly born on the Takatsuki Campus in 1994.

The Evening Course was taught at a separate campus located in the Tenroku area of the commercial city of Osaka. For many years after the University was founded, it remained primarily a night school for adults. The Evening Course, which moved to the Senriyama Campus in 1994, continues to embody this important tradition dating from the earliest years of Kansai University.