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Showa Women's University

Showa Women's University (SWU) and Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) have agreed to share a campus at SWU's existing location in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. TUJ will move its entire operation from Minato-ku, Tokyo by September 2019 to a planned six-story building on SWU's campus. The two universities will share select facilities at SWU including sport fields and gyms, auditoriums, and a cafeteria. This agreement to share a campus is the first of its kind between a Japanese and an American university and marks an unprecedented step in the globalization of Japanese institutions of higher education.

2017 Alumni Reunion

The 2017 Alumni Reunion, organized to mark TUJ's 35th anniversary and to celebrate the new TUJ and SWU initiative, was held on Saturday, October 21 at Showa Women's University.

The event kicked off just as a major typhoon made landfall in Tokyo, and despite the rain and winds, over 100 people turned out for the reunion. Alumni from recent years and those from the 1980's joined others visiting from as far away as the United States.

Notable alumni in attendance included Tomoko Kaneko, one of TUJ's first doctoral degree recipients and now president of Showa Women's University. Fusako Handa (age 86) and Haruka Yasuda (age 81), two of TUJ's oldest living alumni, who earned their masters in education degrees in 1992 and 1998 respectively also attended the reunion, as did Atsushi Yamamoto (class of 1986) and Masami Yashiro (class of 1987), two of TUJ's earliest graduates.


The 2017 Graduation Picnic held on Saturday, June 3 was organized by the TUJ Dean's Office and officially sponsored by the Tokyo Chapter of the Temple University Alumni Association. The entire 2017 graduating class and their families were invited, and complimentary tickets were also extended to the members of the class of 2016. A total of 275 people from the TUJ community gathered together for the picnic, including President Richard Englert, Provost JoAnne Epps, and other senior administrators visiting from Main Campus. Members of the TUJ Board of Overseers, staff, faculty and alumni also came out to join the fun. The BBQ had an all-American theme and featured pulled pork and smoked turkey, bluegrass music and craft beer. The event was used to promote the Alumni Association among the graduating class and provide a platform for current alumni to officially welcome the class of 2017 into the Tokyo Chapter.