Nurturing Global Citizens in Japan and Beyond   

Our Story

In the aftermath of WWII, visionaries in Japan and the United States came together to build a university in Japan that would educate global citizens who serve God and humanity. International Christian University (ICU) was founded in 1949 and has since grown into a leading university that remains a symbol of peace and reconciliation.

Today, the world is more interconnected than ever and we face daunting challenges from climate change to the refugee crisis. In 2020, the Japan ICU Foundation adopted a new mission statement to “work with ICU to nurture global citizens who contribute to the well-being of humanity.” The Foundation envisions a community of global citizens who actively contribute to a peaceful and sustainable future for humanity. All of our work is dedicated to making this vision a reality.

Areas of Focus

JICUF’s work focuses on three areas: Sustainability, DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), and Peacebuilding. The Foundation considers these themes core responsibilities of global citizens, and key to the common good.



Diversity, Equity

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)



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