On the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of the passing of our founder, Josai University Educational Corporation staged a Special Memorial Event in Honor of Mr. Mikio Mizuta on December 21, 2008.
Mr. Mikio Mizuta, the founder of Josai University, became a House of Representatives member immediately after the war, after which he served as the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Trade and Industry. In his activities as an educator, he founded Josai University, where he acted as chancellor and president up to his death in 1976. Given his great influence on society, about 370 persons, including people from politics, government, finance, education and local people from Chiba Prefecture were on hand for the ceremony to remember Mr. Mikio Mizuta.
Mr. Yasunori Morimoto, the President of the Josai University, delivered opening remarks, after which he spoke about the history of the development of Josai University Educational Corporation and the present situation. Then Mr. Minoru Nagaoka, Former Administrative Vice Minister of Finance and one of a member of our university’s board of directors, related some episodes from the life of Mr. Mikio Mizuta during his years as Minister of Finance, giving the audience a more personal look at the late Mr. Mikio Mizuta. Then it was Chancellor Mizuta’s turn to speak. She related how her father had a generous-hearted disposition and that he was a kind father who allowed freedom at home. She also mentioned her wish to bring her father’s educational principles and founding spirit to life today. After this, Mr. Akira Uehara, President of Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and a member of our university’s board of directors, proposed a toast.
The ensuing speeches about wonderful memories of Mr. Mikio Mizuta were delivered by the following speakers: Mr. Hakuo Yanagisawa (Member of the House of Representatives), Mr. Eisuke Mori (Member of the House of Representatives and the Minister of Justice), Mr. Teiichi Sato (Executive Director of Tokyo National Museum), Mr. Tadao Kiyonari (former director of the Japan University Accreditation Association), Mr. Toshio Honda (Mayor of Kamogawa City), Secretary Taro Hatoyama (representing Kunio Hatoyama, Member of the House of Representatives, the Minister of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications, and the Minister of Decentralization Reform), Mr. Takashi Murai (Senior Advisor to The Japan-China Society, Inc.), Mr. Tadashi Kobayashi (Executive Director of the Chiba City Museum of Art). In addition, congratulatory messages expressing best wishes and highest expectations toward the university were delivered by Mr. Kiyoshi Ueda, Governor of Saitama Prefecture, and by Ms. Akiko Domoto, Governor of Chiba Prefecture, where Josai University and Josai International University are located.
Additionally, haiku were recited by Mr. Shugyo Takaha, President of the Association of Haiku Poets, and by Mr. Tetsunosuke Matsuzaki, the Association’s Former President. This was in special thanks in the indelible memory of Mr. Mikio Mizuta, who loved haiku poetry and devoted his energies to the construction of the Museum of Haiku Literature.
Thanks to this memorial meeting, in which many people fondly recounted personal memories of Mr. Mikio Mizuta and offered words of encouragement to the university, we feel strengthened in our resolve so that all at Josai University Educational Corporation can gather their strength to pass on the ideals of the founder and witness further development of this institution.