UWC ISAK Japan opened its doors in 2014 as International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK) after more than six years of preparation. The school’s history began in 2008, when Lin Kobayashi (ISAK founder and Chair of the Board) and Mamoru Taniya (Representative Founder), two individuals who share a long-running passion for education, were introduced. The two were supported by 100 founders who helped make the dream of ISAK a reality.
In 2012, Ms. Kobayashi and newly appointed Head of School, Roderick Jemison, began talks with UWC. Ms. Kobayashi experienced UWC education first hand, graduating from UWC Pearson College in 1993. With so many shared values between ISAK and UWC, it seemed only natural for ISAK to join the movement. In October 2016, UWC announced that ISAK had been granted official approval to join the organization. On August 1, 2017, International School of Asia, Karuizawa became UWC ISAK Japan.
From our initial Summer School program in 2010 to officially becoming a UWC, each step along the way has only emphasized the importance of and need for schools like UWC ISAK Japan.