SOAI University

About SOAI University

Greetings from the President

PresidentThe Soai University campus is filled with lush greenery. While walking, sounds of stringed and wind instruments are carried to us from somewhere on the breeze. Students in the Faculty of Music are practicing. They demonstrate their skills, honed from profound daily practice, in various concerts. In 2010, they even held concerts in China, impressing the Chinese people.

At a supermarket near the campus, box lunches that a student in the Faculty of Human Development designed are sold. That student won first prize in a competition which involved devising nutritionally well-balanced box lunches. Her lunch was commercialized and lined up on the shelves of many convenience stores.

The Faculty of Humanities has planned and held symposiums for the general public which involved such interesting content as “laughter and culture,” “problems about life and death,” and “the roles that the Humanities play,” each receiving good reviews. In addition to these symposiums, the faculty has held various other activities that have drawn outside interest.

Along with its goal of deepening knowledge of the arts and sciences, the Faculty of Humanities treasures the relationship with community and society and sends out what it learns to the society at large. An underlying principle upon which these activities are based is the school motto “To-So-Kyo-Ai”.

Soai University originates from Soai Women’s School, which was established in 1888. The name “Soai” comes from “To-So-Kyo-Ai”, a phrase from one of the Buddhist scriptures that Mahayana Buddhism, especially Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, is based on.


“To-So-Kyo-Ai” emphasizes the importance of people respecting and taking good care of each other. For the past 120 years, this ideal has been the cornerstone of education and research at Soai University.

As globalization continues in the world and society, values will be diversified and competition will become more cutthroat. Under these conditions, knowing the preciousness of “loving and respecting other people just as we do ourselves” and putting this ideal into practice will give us a great power to survive intact in the future society.  What the students learn and experience in this university will become the basis of their lives and will surely help them become people who are useful to society.

This university has made academic agreements with many foreign universities. In recent years, above all, the opportunities for exchange with universities in China have increased, and many foreign students from China are studying Japanese culture on our campus. They exchange culture and opinions with Japanese students, which stimulates their intellects and helps broaden their perspectives and world views.

Soai University is located near Osaka Port. Since ancient times, Osaka has prospered as an important place for marine traffic. During the Qin and Tang dynasties of China, the Japanese mission set out for the Asian continent from the old Osaka port, “Naniwatsu,” which played the role of the gateway where people, things, culture, and advanced technology entered Japan from foreign countries and which was the center of international exchange. In addition, Osaka is located in the center of the Kansai region (the south-western half of Japan), so it takes only one or two hours to go to one of the former capital cities, Kyoto and Nara, or the international city, Kobe. All of these points are thought to be very attractive to those who want to learn about Japanese culture and history.


                     Profile of the President Satoru Kaneko
Date of Birth November, 23, 1944
Academic Degree Ph. D in Literature
Specialization Social Psychology, Religious Psychology
Academic Background March, 1968 Graduated from Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Letters (Psychology Major), Kyoto University
March, 1970 Graduated from Master Course(Psychology Major), Graduate School of Letters , Kyoto University
March, 1973 Completed Ph.D Course(Psychology Major), Graduate School of Letters , Kyoto University
Professional Background 1973-1978 Research Associate of the Faculty of Literature, Osaka City University
1978-1980 Lecturer of Faculty of Literature, Osaka City University
1980-1987 Assistant Professor of Faculty of Literature, Osaka City University
1987-1988 Visiting Research Fellow of the University of Kansas and the University of Hawai‘i systems
1993- Profossor of Faculty of Literature, Osaka City Univerisity
1993-1997 Visiting Professor of International Research Center for Japanese Studies
1997- Dean of Faculty of Literature and Graduate School of Literature, Osaka City University
2001 Visiting Professor of the University of Hamburg
2001- Vice President of Osaka City University
2004- President of Osaka City University
2006- Chairman of the Board of Trustees and CEO / President of Osaka City University
2010- Professor Emeritus of Osaka City University
2010- President of Soai University
2012- Chairman of the Board of Trustees and CEO of Soai Gakuen / President of Soai University