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Essay from Alumni

This column features essays written by prominent Keio alumni who have achieved success in their respective fields.  In each installment, Keio graduates will reflect back upon their experiences and impressions of memorable lectures they attended as students.  Each column is intended to deepen readers' understanding of university lectures and how they can be utilized.


Mr.Kakutaro Kitashiro,

Chairman of the Board, IBM Japan, Ltd.; Chairman, KEIZAI DOYUKAI (Japan Association of Corporate Executives)

I enrolled in the Department of Administration Engineering at Keio University in April 1963.  I made the decision to study computing back when I was a student at Keio Senior High School in Hiyoshi after I read a magazine article announcing the dawn of the computer age.  I became fascinated by the information society of the future while I was still in high school and this strengthened my resolve to study computing.  That was my motive for joining the Department of Administration Engineering.

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Mr.Takao Kusakari

,Representative Director, Chairman, Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line)
Vice-Chairman of Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren)

I first met Professor Kurokawa in the summer of 1961, my sophomore year at Keio University.  At the time, I was attending a five or six-day work camp in Okutateshina.  I think that it was organized by the student union but I cannot remember the details.  Any interested students could attend, regardless of their faculty, and there were no complicated exams or selection processes to go through.  Every year, there would be almost 100 attendees because everyone was eager to meet the many promising young associate professors and instructors participating in the camp. 

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Mr.Yoshiharu Fukuhara,

Honorary Chairman of Shiseido Co., Ltd., Director of Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

I began my studies at Keio long ago in the late 1940s.  The educational reforms being implemented at the time meant that the two-year preparatory course I began at the Hiyoshi campus concluded after just one year.  The following year, I began studying at the Mita campus under the new system.

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