President, Keio University Atsushi Seike

Atsushi Seike

President, Keio University

To commemorate the centennial of Keio University School of Medicine in 2017, we have commissioned the construction of a new wing (Building 1) for Keio University Hospital at Shinanomachi Campus.
With the construction of this new wing as a foundation, the School of Medicine and the University Hospital are pursuing four commemorative projects to create a world-class comprehensive medical institution.
Firstly, the hospital’s cluster diagnosis system will ensure the provision of excellent medical treatment and patient satisfaction through an advanced system of medical care that transcends the boundaries of conventional diagnosis by bringing together teams of medical professionals and specialists from various fields. Secondly, under a project intended to establish world-pioneering integration between medical science and clinical practice, Keio aims to become an international hub for medical research by redoubling its efforts to enhance basic science and clinical research in its strongest fields. Thirdly, the School of Medicine will fulfill the obligations that accompany its central location in one of the world’s largest cities through initiatives to ensure that medical services are provided efficiently when disasters strike the metropolitan area. Finally, by readdressing its role as an educational organization, the School of Medicine will train medical professionals to lead the world through collaboration between medicine, nursing, and pharmacy.
Keio University School of Medicine upholds both the principles of Keio founder Yukichi Fukuzawa—the spirit of jitsugaku (empirical science) and dokuritsu jison (independence and self-respect)—and the mission declared at the time of the School of Medicine’s founding by the first Dean, Shibasaburo Kitasato, who sought to integrate medical science with clinical practice. With these founding principles guiding its every project, we are confident that Keio University Hospital will go from strength to strength in advancing medical science and contributing to global society.
The construction of the new hospital wing is a highly significant step in Keio University’s history, and we humbly request your generous support in advancing the cause of medical science at Keio.

Dean, School of Medicine Hideyuki Okano

Masayuki Amagai

Dean, School of Medicine

Dr. Shibasaburo Kitasato expended tremendous efforts in leading his pupils to establish the School of Medicine at Keio as a demonstration of his appreciation and indebtedness to Yukichi Fukuzawa, who had assisted Kitasato in his founding of the Institute for Study of Infectious Diseases in 1892. As a result of his efforts, classes began at Mita Campus in 1917 and moved three years later to a newly constructed school building and hospital at the School of Medicine’s current location in Shinanomachi.
Dr. Kitasato's address upon the opening of the School of Medicine is still remembered today. In the closing passage, he writes in brush and ink: "The departments of the basic medical sciences and clinical practice shall coordinate with one another to conduct joint research. As a school, we shall uphold Keio’s motto of independence and self-respect, always maintaining financial independence, continuing the strong familistic tradition of Keio, united in our mission, never serving in menial spirit."
There is something else that students and medical professionals alike at the School of Medicine and Keio University Hospital should always keep in mind: "Keio Gijuku began training students at its first School of Medicine in 1873 with Toan Matsuyama as its head. [. . .] However, this school was closed in 1880 due to lack of funding and other compelling reasons. Yukichi Fukuzawa and many other senior members of Keio lamented the regrettable but unavoidable closure of the school." The establishment of the School of Medicine in 1917 was the decision of then Keio President Eikichi Kamata (who would later go on to become the Minister of Education) 16 years after the passing of Yukichi Fukuzawa in 1901.
When we look back on the history of the School of Medicine and Keio University Hospital, we cannot forget the passion of those who so avidly promoted the study of medicine and natural laws in the tradition of Fukuzawa's philosophy, which involved opening his private school to share Western learning with many others. In times of social and economic instability, we must remember the words of Fukuzawa in our fund-raising activities: "Without financial independence, there can be no academic independence." It is our hope to build an enduring medical institution that will remain steadfast even when society is rife with uncertainty.
Keio University School of Medicine must hearken back to its beginnings and renew its determination to carry out its medical duties in a system involving firm collaboration between those pursuing the basic medical sciences and those in clinical practice. No trace of the harmful divisional structure of the former Imperial University medical schools of the time should be allowed to interfere. We are deeply committed to the completion of our centennial projects to form a new, comprehensive medical institution, one that begins with the construction of a new hospital wing. By promoting horizontal collaboration in education, research, and medical treatment, we vow to provide the best medical care possible to ensure patient satisfaction, to be at the forefront of medical research and treatment both in Japan and farther afield, and to contribute to the relief of those suffering worldwide. We request your understanding and support as we embark on these important projects.

Yukichi Fukuzawa

Keio University founder Yukichi Fukuzawa pioneered many of the philosophical concepts that guided the Westernization of Japan during the Meiji Era and shared Kitasato’s passion for medicine. When Kitasato established the Institute for Infectious Diseases in 1892, Fukuzawa presented him with the following Chinese‐style poem entitled “A Message to Physicians”:

Medicine is an endless tug of war between heaven and man. Doctors, do not say that your role is merely to assist natural recuperation.
To employ every possible means, with the keen vision of Li Lou and knowing touch of Ma Gu— this is the essence of medicine.

ⅰLi Lou(離婁) is a fabled figure in Chinese folklore. It is said that he possessed the visual acuity to make out a single hair at a distance of over 100 steps away.
ⅱMa Gu (麻姑) was a legendary Chinese immortal. She is said to have been a beautiful, young woman with long, birdlike fingernails. There is a four-character idiom (麻姑掻痒/麻姑搔癢) which states, “Ma Gu scratches the itch.” This refers to the feeling of everything going as planned, just as if Ma Gu would scratch an itch with her long fingernails.

Shibasaburo Kitasato

Keio University School of Medicine was established in 1917, with Dr. Shibasaburo Kitasato serving as its first dean. At the opening ceremony for the Keio University Hospital and School of Medicine in 1920, Kitasato made the following vow, which continues to underpin life at Keio today :

This new school of medicine will do away with the longstanding and deleterious practice of separation of individual fields within the medical world and achieve greater coordination between basic and clinical sciences. In this way, we shall make it our unique mission to unite as one family and together devote ourselves to the study of medicine.

General director Tsutomu Takeuchi
General Director,
Keio University Hospital

Tsutomu Takeuchi

chair of Keio Rengo Mita-Kai(Keio Alumni Association) Yoshiki Hiki
Chair, Keio Rengo Mita-Kai
(Keio Alumni Association)

Yoshiki Hiki

Chair of Alumni Association, School of Medicina, Keio University Junzo Takeda
Chair, Sanshikai
(Keio School of Medicine Alumni Association)

Junzo Takeda