Kwansei Gakuin is one of the most prestigious private schools in Japan, dating back to 1889, when it was founded in Kobe by the American missionary Reverend Walter Russell Lambuth, M.D. It is now a comprehensive and integrated educational institution spread across six campuses: Nishinomiya Uegahara, Nishinomiya Seiwa, Kobe Sanda, Osaka Umeda, Tokyo Marunouchi, and Takarazuka. Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) is an independent institution for higher education, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in over 35 different disciplines to a student body of about 24,500, including approximately 800 foreign students. The University maintains academic standards that rank among the highest of all Japanese universities and colleges.