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Nippon Medical School


In 1876, Tai Hasegawa established a medical school in Tokyo. At that time, the Japanese government and the ministry of education only permitted one medical school: the University of Tokyo School of Medicine.

During the Meiji era, people who wanted to be medical doctors had to take an exam to receive a medical doctor's license. The Saisei Gakusha was a cram school to pass the exam. Many famous medical doctors, for example, Dr. Hideyo Noguchi and Yayoi Yoshioka, graduated from the Saisei Gakusha, the predecessor of Nippon Medical School. The medical school was temporarily closed by the president of the school, Tai Hasegawa, in 1903. In 1904, the students and the faculties established the new Nippon Medical School. Kenzo Isobe became the president of the school. Then, Masatsugu Yamane, who was a member of House of Representatives, became its president and director.

During the Taishō era, the ministry of education eventually permitted the new medical school.

Bombed Nippon Medical School in 1945

At that time,[when?] there were three big private medical schools in Japan—Keio University School of Medicine, Jikei University School of Medicine and Nippon Medical School. Keio University became a university in 1920. Jikei University School of Medicine became a university in 1921. And, Nippon Medical School became a university in 1926. With only three private medical schools as universities in that era, they were regarded as "Shiritsu Idai Gosanke", the big three.

During the World War II, Nippon Medical School was damaged by air raids between 1944 and 1945. The main hall which had built in the Taishō era was burned down in 1945. The first hospital of the Nippon Medical School which had built by the romanesque architecture style in the Tisho era was recently[when?] bulldozed.


Nippon Medical School is one of the most famous private medical schools in Japan. Its entrance exam is highly competitive.

The medical research level of the school is high. Nippon Medical School is very popular in Japan. Many famous medical doctors graduate from Nippon Medical School. The medical school has four hospitals: the main hospital, the Chiba Hokuso Hospital, the Tamanagayama Hospital and the Musashi Kosugi Hospital.

Including national universities, Nippon Medical School is a celebrated medical school in Japan. Nippon Medical School officially says that Kenzo Isobe is the founder.

There are 617 students: 425 male and 192 female.

Saisei Gakusha and the successive medical schoolsEdit


  • 1876 Saisei Gakusha
  • 1904 Nippon Medical School


  • Sendagi Campus: Sendagi Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
  • Musashikosugi Campus: Kosugi-cho Nakahara-ku, Kanagawa


Undergraduate programEdit

  • Doctor of Medicine degree (B.S)

Graduate programEdit

  • PhD in Medicine degree (PhD)


  • Professors: 83
  • Associate professors: 117
  • Full-time instructors: 148


  • Main Hospital - Sendagi Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
  • Chiba Hokuso Hospital - Inzai-shi, Chiba
  • Musashi Kosugi Hospital - Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa
  • Tama Nagayama Hospital - Nagayama Tama-shi, Tokyo

Institutions attached to Nippon Medical SchoolEdit

  • Institution of Geriatrics
  • Institution of Vaccinational Therapy
  • Institution of NMR Research
  • Center of Information Science
  • Maruyama Memorial Vaccinational Therapy

Notable alumniEdit

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