Associate Professor KIM Rebecca ChungHee, College of International Management


Professor TAKEKAWA Shunichi, College of Asia Pacific Studies


Assistant Professor KOJIMA Shinji, College of Asia Pacific Studies


KORENAGA Shun, President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


Center for Language Education Professor UMEDA Chisako


KORENAGA Shun, President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Position : President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Trustee, Vice-Chancellor of the Ritsumeikan Trust
Academic background : Ph.D. (Language and Culture), Osaka University
Research field : Chinese, Chinese Literature
Hobbies : No hobbies in particular, but President does cooking and
laundry at home and often cooks curry.
Favorite singers : Nana Mouskouri (Greece), Yosui Inoue (Japan)
Black Duck (Hei Yazi) (China), Cho Yong-pil (Korea)
Recommended books : W.Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage;
Edward Frenkel, Love & Math The Heart of Hidden Reality Favorite menu
Favorite menu
in APU’s cafeteria :
Fried white fish
and Nabeyaki udon in winter

SPA members have the honor to interview APU President KORENAGA Shun.

Regarding the international environment in APU, our president notes that such ideal environment encourages people in it to think critically. In fact, students from multicultural backgrounds play an important part in motivating him in his daily personal life. APU environment, with the metaphor of the regular strong winds here, makes it mandatory for each individual to evolve, and for our president, such unique point of APU impels him to change and create new values.

For this reason, even though our well-respected President has reached his 70s, he has never thought of himself as being old for constant changes APU environment has inquired him to create.

Going personally about his interests, apart from his research, our president discloses that how human beings can purify our thoughts and mind which have always intrigued him. To his view, mathematics, music, and poetics are the great tools for us to achieve purification of the mind. Mathematics is actually necessary after graduation, according to our president, and students should make more efforts in learning about about mathematics and logical thinking (hence the books he recommends to students).

As a special closing message, our president wants to remind Japanese students that Japan is asked about its position in the international community. What makes Japan and how Japan can form peaceful relations with foreign countries should be kept in mind, while being aware that understanding of contemporary history remains insufficient among Japanese students.

In an international environment like APU, students, again, are challenged to constantly think about their position as a Japanese, a young generation, and as APU student. Exuding determination and charisma, President KORENAGA has left a deep impression on SPA members. We wish him all the best, and with utmost respect, look forward to the future of APU under the dedication and strategic mindset of our president.

Note :Position given is accurate at the time of publication.
Student Press Assistant (SPA)
NGHIEM Quoc Hoai Minh (Vietnam)