The Japan ICU Foundation and ICU are separate institutions with a shared mission to promote the universal values of freedom, justice, peace and love, and to cultivate global citizens who will contribute to the well-being of humanity. With a history of partnership spanning 70 years, JICUF and ICU continue to work closely together from both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

ICU is Japan’s premier four-year liberal arts college and university. From it’s founding in 1949, ICU has aimed to educate students in an international setting to be stewards of a just and peaceful world. Through its academic commitment and emphasis on the individual, ICU has a mission to pursue truth, defend academic freedom and enrich inner freedom. It is a community where people from different nations and cultures live, study and work together.

ICU's First President Dr. Hachiro Yuasa

ICU's First President Dr. Hachiro Yuasa

As ICU’s first President, Dr. Hachiro Yuasa said in his address at ICU’s first commencement on March 21, 1957,

“At ICU, internationalism is not just another topic for futile discussion.  It is a daily, maturing experience, owing to the opportunities on this campus for international, interracial and intercultural community living.  Likewise Christianity at ICU is never identified only with a creed or sectarian scruple.  Rather it is a dynamic creative principle governing and enriching our human relations.  I thank God that at ICU we have been made humbly conscious that we cannot serve the great cause of social justice and world peace conscientiously and constructively unless we ourselves outgrow our 20th century superstitions and cleanse ourselves of the blackest of human sins, arrogance.”