Masao Fukunaga MD, PhD

Yoshihide Sunada President, Kawasaki Medical School

In response to today’s super-aging society, information-oriented society, globalized society, and technologically innovated society, medical schools are socially required to foster physicians who are capable of coping with all of these social circumstances and to provide advanced medical services. While constantly confirming the advanced educational and medical systems that have been cultivated since its establishment, Kawasaki Medical School will continue to evolve to fulfill additional responsibilities for intelligent integration moving ahead of the times, develop human resources that can predict and meet social demands, and act as a center for medical services that can be trusted by the sick.

We will step up efforts as a characteristic base for the transmission of education, research and medical services exploiting our uniqueness.

UNIQUE FEATURESToward educating and training “competent physicians”

  • 01 Educational system in compliance with our educational philosophy and objectives.

    1. Curriculums are designed and organized to build spiritually affluent characters and to obtain solid educational outcomes.
      Education of specialized subjects, which are arranged in a well-balanced manner, is provided from the first year.
    2. Second-year students are assigned to respective departments “Open a Door to Medical Studies” to engage in real experiences in research in order to sense the philosophy for “Profound Knowledge.”
    3. Third- and fourth-year students are given lectures of symptomatology and regional medicine in addition to integrated lectures by organ/function, and introductory training for clinical medicine to acquire fundamental clinical skills and attitudes necessary for clinical practice, which are assessed by OSCE(Objective Structured Clinical Examination).
    4. Fifth-year students are given participatory clinical training in small groups.
    5. Sixth-year students are given comprehensive lectures on an organ-by-organ basis to ensure the achievements of clinical training and organize knowledge necessary for national examinations, etc.
    6. Instructors in charge are assigned according to year and in small groups.
  • 02Building rich human
    relationships and learning the
    importance of friendship
    through the school residence system.

    One of the features of our school is that it is mandatory for first-year students to live in a dormitory as the first step toward realizing the philosophy of “Liberal Humanity.”

    Living with friends in the student dormitory is a great source of strength to acquire a rich sense of humanity, and the student dormitory is the best place for making lifelong friends.
    The on-campus student dormitory, having private rooms and shared spaces, allows students to live a comfortable dormitory life in a quiet environment.

  • 03Research hub for state-of-the-art medical science and medical services.

    Persistent research efforts are made to keep up with the progress of modern medical science and to elucidate the pathological conditions of intractable diseases or unknown diseases.
    In order to address the sophistication and diversification of medical science and medical services, five units are placed in the Central Research Institute as a hub for joint research and research activities.
    1. Medical Bioresource Research Unit
    2. Molecular and Cellular Biology Research Unit
    3. Bioimaging Research Unit
    4. Radioisotope Research Unit
    5. Kawasaki Hospital Research Unit



  • Expo in Osaka
  • Oil crisis
  • Reversion of Okinawa
  • Opening of Hakata-Okayama Sanyo Shinkansen
  • Normalization of Japan-China diplomatic relations
  • Opening of Narita International Airport
Established a school corporation, Kawasaki Gakuen

Established Kawasaki Medical School
Established Kawasaki Senior High School Attached to Kawasaki Medical School
Established Kawasaki College of Allied Health Professions
Established Kawasaki Medical School Hospital
Established Kawasaki Junior College of Rehabilitation
Established Kawasaki Medical Graduate School
Established Emergency Medical Care Center


  • Opening of Tohoku-Joetsu Shinkansen
  • Start of consumption tax imposition
  • Crashing of JAL airplane
  • Collapse of Berlin Wall
  • Breakup and privatization of National Railway
  • Demise of the Emperor Hirohito
10th Anniversary Ceremony of Kawasaki Gakuen

Opened Medical Museum


  • Start of elderly care insurance system
  • Return of abducted Japanese citizens
  • September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
  • Iraq War
  • Japan-North Korea summit
  • Niigata-Chuetsu earthquake
Established Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare
20th Anniversary Ceremony of Kawasaki Gakuen
Kawasaki Medical School Hospital qualified as advanced emergency medical care center
Established Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare
Dr. Sukenobu Kawasaki, the founder of Kawasaki Gakuen, deceased


  • Coronation ceremony
  • Opening of Kansai International Airport
  • Eruption of Gulf War
  • Hanshin-Awaji earthquake
  • End of the bubble economy
  • Tokyo subway sarin gas attack
Kawasaki Medical School Hospital started doctor's helicopter program
Completed West Tower
of Kawasaki Medical School Hospital

Completed Sukenobu Kawasaki Memorial Auditorium
Restructuring of the Kawasaki Junior College
of Rehabilitation to the "School Corporation Kuyo Gakuen"
Completed North Tower
of Kawasaki Medical School Hospital
40th Anniversary Ceremony of Kawasaki Gakuen
Opened Kawasaki Medical School General Medical Center