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New Year's Greetings from the President

Update:Jan. 01, 2012
Prof. Atsushi Seike, President, Keio University

I convey to you my warmest New Year’s greetings, and pray that 2012 will be a year of health, happiness, and accomplishment for all.

The year that we have left behind will forever remain in our memories for the unprecedented destruction wrought by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Certainly, 2012 must be the year in which great strides are taken toward recovery from the earthquake and new directions in reconstruction and development are set forth.

Today, Japan has before it the challenges of reconstruction from the earthquake, the achievement of economic recovery, and the launching of new initiatives toward fresh development. To succeed in these daunting tasks, the nation needs to accurately analyze its current situation and formulate well-considered solutions, to wisely prioritize the allocation of its limited resources, and to foster a spirit of solidarity that will inspire the people to work together for the betterment of society. These requirements are related on a very fundamental level to what Yukichi Fukuzawa so fervently advocated more than a century ago: “jitsugaku,” meaning science; “public wisdom,” meaning the ability to rationally evaluate the relative importance of things; and “morality,” meaning to care about others in difficult circumstances, such as disasters. At times like this, we must recall once again the words of the founder of our university.

In keeping with Fukuzawa’s spirit and commitment to scholarship, during 2012, Keio University will continue its efforts to contribute to the advancement of society by pursuing ever-higher standards of achievement in education, research, medicine, and a broad range of social activities. Mindful that none of this can be accomplished unassisted, we eagerly look forward to enjoying your unchanging support in the year ahead.

January 1, 2012

Prof. Atsushi Seike
President, Keio University