Alumni on the World Stage

Since its founding in 1858, Keio University has nurtured many leaders in society who have contributed to the modernization and industrialization of Japan. The university’s alumni have played key roles in virtually all areas, including politics, finance, business, manufacturing, media and art. Here are some of the Keio University alumni who have played key roles in developing Japan as one of the world’s leading nations.

Keio University Alumni

Academia

Zheng NanningPresident of Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Ken SakamuraCreator of TRON; professor at the University of Tokyo
Hiromoto WatanabeFirst president of the Imperial University (now The University of Tokyo)

Business and Industry

Yoshiharu FukuharaHonorary chairman of Shiseido Co., Ltd.
Yoshitoshi KitajimaPresident of Dai Nippon Printing Company, Ltd.
Yuzaburo MogiChairman and CEO of Kikkoman Corporation
Katsuaki WatanabeVice chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation
Kazuyasu KatoPresident of Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kakutaro KitashiroChairman of IBM Japan, Ltd.
Nobutada SajiPresident and chairman of Suntory Holdings Limited
Yoshiaki SakitoPresident of Apple Computer Japan

Design

Rei KawakuboFashion designer; founder of Comme des Garçons
Yohji YamamotoFashion designer

Entertainment

Ennosuke Ichikawa IIIKabuki actor
Misako KonnoActress; ambassador of the United Nations Development Program

Finance

Taizo NishimuroFormer CEO of Toshiba Corporation
Kensuke HottaChairman of Morgan Stanley Japan
Lernchai MarakarnGovernor of the Bank of Thailand
Shigeharu SuzkuiPresident and CEO of Daiwa Securities Group
Tarisa WatanagaseGovernor of the Bank of Thailand
Masanori MochidaPresident of Goldman Sachs Japan

Media

Toru ShorikiOwner of the Yomiuri Shimbun
Michisada HiroseChairman of the National Association of Commercial Broadcasting in Japan
Shoichi UenoOwner of the Asahi Shimbun
Takehiko KiyoharaChairman of the Sankei Shimbun
Takuo TakihanaPresident of the Yomiuri Shimbun
Nagayoshi SumidaPresident of the Sankei Shimbun
Shintaro KuboPresident of Nippon Television Network

Medical Research

Taro TakemiFormer president of the World Medical Association and Japan Medical Association
Shichiro Ishikawa
President of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer; doctor in the Department of Surgery, Keio University School of Medicine

Literature

Shusaku EndoAkutagawa Prize-winning novelist; recipient of the Order of Culture
Daigaku HoriguchiPoet; translator

Politics

Tsuyoshi InukaiFormer prime minister of Japan
Sommai HoontrakillMinister of finance of Thailand
Masajuro ShiokawaFormer chief cabinet secretary of Japan
Tamisuke WatanukiPresident of the People's New Party of Japan
Keiichi InamineFormer governor of Okinawa
Masaharu IkutaPresident of Japan Post; CEO of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Ryutaro HashimotoFormer prime minister of Japan
Junichiro KoizumiFormer prime minister of Japan
Takeo KawamuraFormer chief cabinet secretary of Japan
Hirofumi NakasoneFormer minister of foreign affairs of Japan
Akira AmariFormer minister of state in charge of administrative reform in Japan
Shigeru IshibaFormer minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in Japan
Andrew ThomsonMinister of sport and tourism for Australia

Space Science

Chiaki MukaiJAXA astronaut; first Japanese woman in space
Akihiko HoshideJAXA astronaut

Transportation

Ichizo KobayashiFounder of Hankyu Railway; former minister of commerce and industry for Japan
Yoji OhashiChairman of the board for All Nippon Airways

SFC Alumni

Kohei HayamizuSocial entrepreneur; president of Soundpower Cooperation
Shigeru YamamatoSocial entrepreneur; founder of Kotoba no Atelier
Yusuke MiyajiSocial entrepreneur; president of Miyaji Pork Co.
Akimitsu SanoSocial entrepreneur; founder and CEO of Cookpad Inc.
Kumi ImamuraSocial entrepreneur; founder and executive director of NPO Katariba
Eriko YamaguchiSocial entrepreneur; founder and CEO of Motherhouse Co., Ltd.
Teruhide SatoSocial entrepreneur; president and CEO of netprice.com, Ltd.
Shinnosuke HonjoDeputy president of Rakuten
Gaku HashimotoMember of the Liberal Democratic Party
Satoru KumagaiMember of the Democratic Party of Japan
Theodor Holm NelsonComputer architect
Ryo SakaguchiVFX creator for Digital Domain; co-recipient of the 2008 Scientific and Engineering Academy Award
Yuichi SugiyamaGame creator
Chiaki SuzukiProgrammer involved in development of the universal edition of Microsoft Word
Takuro YonezawaResearcher; recipient of the 2008 IBM PhD Fellowship Award
Yo HitotoPop singer
Hiro MizushimaModel; actor
Chiaki KamakuraAnnouncer for the Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Takahiko FujiiAnnouncer for the Nippon Television Network Corporation
Nobutake KimuraFighter pilot; first Japanese person to receive the Education and Training Command Commander's trophy from the Air Education and Training Command of the United States Air Force
Yukari UmezawaProfessional go player
Akiyoshi TanakaPoet; United Nations WAFUNIF goodwill ambassador
Mahoro UchidaCurator at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Enrico Isamu OyamaArtist
Akina YanagiMovie director