UWC ISAK Japan will be forever grateful to the school’s founding donors who have all played an instrumental role in creating the first full-boarding international high school in Japan. Thanks to these individuals’ generosity, motivated students from around the world will gain the skills necessary to become catalysts for positive change.
Ms. Lin Kobayashi
School Founder, Chair of Board
I first started wondering about an “ideal education” over twenty years ago, when I was in ninth grade. At the time, I was enrolled in one of Japan’s most prestigious schools, which sent over 100 students to Japan’s top university every year.
Mr. Mamoru Taniya
School Co-Founder & Representative Founder; CEO, Asuka Asset Management Co., Ltd.
Looking back to 2005 when I started to envision the first international boarding school in Japan, I was excited by the prospect of opening doors for children from all over Asia…
Mr. Yasushi Ando
CEO and COO, New Horizon Capital Co., Ltd.
I started to be truly interested in ISAK when I listened to the impassioned speech by Ms. Lin Kobayashi about the philosophy of ISAK in the alumni association of the University of Tokyo.
Mr. Heang Chhor
Managing Partner, Qualgro
ISAK is going to pioneer a new spirit and a new approach for fostering more globally-minded young Asian leaders. This is what Japan particularly needs in order to connect better with the world.
Mr. Jun Furukawa
President, CEO, Capital Medica Co., Ltd
Thanks to my father’s job, I was able to spend my childhood in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I clearly remember playing and arguing with local children in Taiwan, which at that time, Japan did not even recognize as a country.
Mr. Taizo Hasebe
President and Director, Taizen Capital Pte Ltd.
In his text ‘An Encouragement of Learning,’ Fukuzawa Yukichi, founder of Keio University, wrote ‘The difference between the wise man and the fool is that one studies and the other does not.
Mr. Yasuchika Hasegawa
Corporate Counselor, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
To ensure the future of Japan, Asia and the world, there is an urgent need for top-level education that combines the concepts of national identity and global citizenship.
Mr. Hidehiko Hayashi
President & CEO, Ur PARTNERS Corporation
Japan is part of Asia. I wish that through living and studying together, students from various Asian countries grew to become future leaders who can think for the future of Japan, Asia and the world from the perspective of Asia as a whole.
Mr. Toshio Himuro
Chairman and Executive Director, Zen Foods Co., Ltd.
I think one of the reasons the US and the UK are looked upon as powerful nations is their strong emphasis on the education of their students to tell the know-how and research results to them.
Mr. Nobuyuki Idei
Founder & CEO, Quantum Leaps Corporation
If I look back on my own life, I grew up attending a very unique school called Seijogakuen Elementary School, where we did not have report cards. I felt it would be valuable if we could create a similar type of education that enables students to freely develop their individual strengths, and share that education worldwide.
Mr. Masahisa Ikeda
Executive Partner & Asia Managing Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Director, Tokyo Foundation, Trustee, International House of Japan
I am a strong believer in the power of education as a means to transform society and to shape the future of our world. I jumped on the proposition of establishing a UWC school in Japan, and in a heartbeat I agreed to become a Founder of ISAK.
Mr. Takashi Inoue
President, CEO and General Manager, NEXT Co., Ltd.
For many years, I have been thinking about what is needed in education and what it takes to help young people develop, based on the definition that education is “something that supports the establishment of the self.”
Mr. Tomonori Ito
Professor, School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University Business School
In July 2012, I participated in the first ISAK Founders Conference and saw firsthand the site where the ISAK facilities will be constructed. The experience left me with the strong impression that ISAK will be a school that shapes the future of Japan.
Mrs. Mikiko Iwasaki
Director, Iwasaki Language Program Development
In a world where we cannot predict the future and there is no one “right” answer to its problems, there are important things that youth must learn today other than what they read and memorize from their textbooks.
Mr. Haruki Kamiyama
Director and Chairman, Macnica Inc.
It is well known that the health of any organized society depends overwhelmingly on the leaders of the period, whether it is in business, government or any other form of organization or society.
Mr. Shogo Kawada
Advisor, DeNA Co., Ltd.
What type of education is best for the young people of today? I have high expectations that ISAK will set the benchmark for a new form of education as it tackles such issues.
Mr. Takashi Kawamura
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Incorporated
To achieve this development in human resources, we need to shift from passive learning that focuses on memorization to an education style that teaches each student how to identify issues, develop a strategy and resolutely execute a plan to solve those issues.
Mr. Kakutaro Kitashiro
Chair of the Board of Trustees, International Christian University
When you are at an impressionable age in high school, I think that the opportunity to live in a dormitory and learn with students from other countries is a valuable and irreplaceable experience.
Mr. Joe Koizumi
Representative Director, Amity Co., Ltd.
I think the only way that we can sustain world peace is though appreciation of the other cultures, communication, cooperation and coexistence.
Mr. Yasuro Koizumi
CFO ＆ CIO Representative Director, FiNC Technologies Inc.
As one of Japan’s greatest educators said, today is the first day of the rest of your life, and you will never reach your goals unless you start the journey. I am excited to help bring this dream to reality.
Ms. Hiroko Kono
Coach, COACH A Co., Ltd.
ISAK will be an innovative educational environment that exceeds the goals of typical Japanese middle schools and high schools. I fully support ISAK’s educational concepts and unique curriculum, and it is my hope that many students will have the opportunity to choose this school for their future.
Mr. Masahiro Koshiba
Representative Director and President, United Managers Japan, Inc.
I am very grateful to be given such a rare opportunity from Ms. Lin Kobayashi and Mr. Taniya. I am thrilled, just envisioning in my mind, how children will leave the nest in the future to take on and flourish on the stage in Japan, Asia, and around the world.
Ms. Mariko Magnan and Mr. Jacques Magnan
When knowledge is readily available, leadership skills and the ability to adapt to an ever-more diverse world is what really matters. Helping brilliant and mature students maximize their potential is what this school is all about.
Mr. Muneaki Masuda
Representative Director and CEO, Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd.
It is not something to come; it is something to create.
Mr. Ichiro Miyake
Special Advisor, S&P Global Japan; External Independent Board of Director, ARTERIA Networks Corporation; External Independent Board of Director, RECOMM Co.,Ltd.
I have strongly and repeatedly urged young people to seek out opportunities for leadership on a global scale.
Mr. Amane Nakashima
Chairman of the Board, Kewpie Corporation
I felt that it would be wonderful to have a school that brought together talented students from diverse countries, not only in terms of academics, but also in terms of sports and the arts as well. In that sense, I think the ISAK will be an ideal school.
Mr. Yuichiro Sugahara
CEO, Tamagoya Co., Ltd.
I felt strongly about the importance of education and I delightedly became a founder. I believe that ISAK will be an international school nurturing the leaders who connect Asia with Japan and lead the world.
Mr. Edward Suzuki
Architect, Edward Suzuki Associates, Inc.
At residential schools, students learn together, eat together and sleep under the same roof. For me, that experience resulted in deep friendships with people from around the world. A “nation” is just a political boundary, but relationships between individuals run much deeper than that.
Ms. Yuriko Takahashi
Representative Director and President, E.OCT Co., Ltd.
Responsibilities for adults living today are to take as much steps forward to evolve this world and the future society, and to pass the baton to the next generation ― this is not only to protect, but also to make it better.
Mr. Makoto Takano
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes JAPAN; Founder and CEO, D4V
The bonds that students have with each other- across language barriers and cultural differences- will last through the diplomatic problems that affect the international community in the future. I have great hope that ISAK will be a platform for building these trusting relationships.
Mr. Hirotaka Takeuchi
Board member, Nonaka Institute of Knowledge; Professor, Harvard Business School
I hope that ISAK will hold its place as an:
Kaleidoscope….always shining, always changing, serving as a melting pot for students around the world.
Dr. Fumio Tateishi
Chairman, OMRON Corporation
ISAK’s mission and philosophy have truly shaped its students and teachers, and “Team ISAK” is changing the world. How wonderful!
Mr. Haruhiro Tsujimoto
President & COO, CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
As a Founder, I want to support the project with a long-term view. Together with you, I’m looking forward to supporting the growth of the school and the students.
Mr. Kotaro Yamagishi
CEO, Keio Innovation Initiative, Inc.
I have faith that the students who graduate from ISAK will one day be leading Japan and the world.
Mr. Masakazu Yanagisawa
Global Prime Finance Business General Manager of Equity Sales Division, Deutsche Securities, Inc.
Through supporting students with scholarships, I am receiving incredible energy from both students and other founders. This experience is priceless.
Mr. Seiji Yasubuchi
President and CEO, AXA Life Insurance Co.,Ltd.
The varied and dynamic learning I see at ISAK goes beyond country, culture and ethnicity. Each year, I deepen my conviction that ISAK is fostering transformational leaders who will create a better world.