About Shobi University

Chronological History

1926
Shobi Music Academy was established by musician Naoshi Akamatsu (location: present-day Hongo of Bunkyo-ku in Tokyo).
1959
Shobi Music College was certified a vocational school. Naoshi Akamatsu was appointed to the post of College Principal.
1966
Kazuki Akamatsu was appointed to the post of College Principal.
1972
The College was renamed the Shobi Music Academy of the Shobi Academy Educational Corporation.
1974
Management of the Music Education Research Institute Foundation was transferred to the College.
1976
Shobi Music College was certified as a special vocational school, with the establishment of the Special Vocational School System and established diploma courses.
1981
Shobi Music Junior College (offering a Faculty of Music and Faculty of Music Information) was established. Kazuki Akamatsu was appointed to the post of College President.
1986
The Commemorative Ceremony for the 60th Anniversary of the Founding was held.
Shobi Music Junior College was renamed Shobi Gakuen Junior College, and the Faculty of Music Business was established at the same time.
1990
The Faculty of Information Communication was established at Shobi Gakuen Junior College. Shobi Gakuen Vario Hall was visited by the Crown Prince, who attended a concert.
1996
The Commemorative Ceremony for the 70th Anniversary of the Founding was held.
2000
The junior college was reorganized and transformed into Shobi University. Fukashi Horie was appointed to the post of University President.
The Faculty of Informatics for Arts (at Kamifukuoka Campus) and the Faculty of Policy Management (at Kawagoe Campus) were established.
The International Student Exchange Office was established as the department in charge of processing the admission of foreign students as well as for academic exchange.
2004
Takano was appointed to the post of Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The major in the Graduate Program of Policy and Administration (Master's Degree Program) was established in the Department of Policy Management at Shobi University Graduate School.
2006
The major in Information Expression and major in Music Expression were established in the Department of Music Business Development at Shobi University Graduate School.
2007
The Department of Policy Management was established at the Faculty of Policy Management at Shobi University.
2008
Yoshiyuki Matsuda was appointed to the post of University President.
2009
Yoshiyuki Matsuda was appointed to the post of Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
2010
The Commemorative Ceremony for the 85th Anniversary of the Founding was held.
2011
The safety of all foreign students at the University was confirmed after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11.
2013
The Faculty of Informatics for Arts (formerly at Kamifukuoka Campus) relocated to the Kawagoe Campus, thereby integrating all faculties and the Graduate School at the Kawagoe Campus.
2014
Toshinori Tanabe was appointed to the post of University President.
2015
The Department of Music Business Development and the Department of Performing Arts were established in the Faculty of Informatics for Arts at Shobi University.
2016
Kimito Kubo was appointed to the post of University President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
2020
Establishment of the Faculty of Sport Management.

Organizational Chart of Educational Corporation Shobi Gakuen

Educational Corporation Shobi Gakuen
Shobi University
  • Graduate School
    • School of Informatics for Arts
      • Division of Musical Arts(Master's Degree Program)
      • Division of Media Arts(Master's Degree Program)
    • School of Policy and Management Studies
      • Public Policy and Administration Studies (Master's Degree Program)
  • Undergraduate Faculties(Four-year University Program)
    • Faculty of Informatics for Arts
      • Department of Information Expression
      • Department of Musical Expression
      • Department of Music Business Development
      • Department of Performing Arts
    • Faculty of Policy Management
      • Department of Policy Management
    • Faculty of Sport Management
      • Department of Sport Management
Shobi College of Music
  • 2 years course
    • Vocal
    • Professional Musician
    • Arrangement & Composition
    • Music Business
    • Sound, Visual, & Lighting Production
    • Voice Actor(Voice Over)
    • Dance
    • Musical
    • Jazz & Popular
    • Wind, String, & Percussion
  • 4 year course
    • Comprehensive Music

International Exchange

Affiliated overseas universities, exchange universities, and exchange institutions

United States Portland State University
Sweden Royal College of Music in Stockholm
China Nanjing Normal University / Tianjin Foreign Studies University
Republic of Korea Changwon Moonsung University / Kyungdong University / Kyungbok University / Dong Seoul University / Jeju Tourism University / Myongji College / Woosong University / Woosong College / Shin Ansan University / Chungwoon University
Taiwan Chinese Culture University / Meiho University / Tainan University of Technology / National Taiwan College of Performing Arts
Malaysia Insitut Teknologi Mara (ITM) / School of Audio Engineering Yamaha Academy of Arts & Music
New Zealand Ara Institute of Canterbury

Faculty Members

Faculty of Informatics for Arts, DeanProfessor
Norikazu Onda
(恩田 憲一)

Withdrew from the Doctoral Program in Electrical Engineering of the Graduate School of Science and Technology at Keio University after earning the prescribed number of academic credits for courses in the major of study.

Received a Ph.D. in Engineering from Keio University.

A committee member for the Japan Information-Technology Engineers Examination, an Editorial Board member of the Journal of the Information Processing Society of Japan, a former Trustee and Councilor at the Society for Arts and Sciences.

April 1998: Assistant Professor at Shobi Junior College
April 2000: Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Informatics for Arts at Shobi University
April 2004: Professor of the Faculty of Informatics for Arts at Shobi University
April 2006: Professor of Information Expression in the Graduate Program of Informatics for Arts of the Graduate School at Shobi University

Faculty of Policy Management, DeanProfessor
Junya Sakurai
(櫻井 準也)

1983: Graduated the Department of History in the Faculty of Letters, Keio University
1988: Withdrew from the Doctoral Course Unit in Literature PhD, Keio University (PhD in History, 2010)
1999: Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Letters, Keio University
2007: Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Shobi University

Publications include “Modern Japanese Life as seen from Objects”, “Archaeology of Perception and Recognition”, “Historical Ruins and Relics from History”, and “Archaeology and Popular Culture”. Responsible for classes including: “Archaeology,” “Folkloristics,” “Popular Culture Theory,” and “Overview of Museums.”

Faculty of Sport Management, DeanProfessor
Masayuki Koizumi
(小泉 昌幸)

1982: Graduated Department of Lifelong Sports and Recreation, Faculty of Sport Science, Nippon Sport Science University
1984: Completed Master's Degree Majoring in Lifelong Sports and Recreation, Faculty of Sport Science, Nippon Sport Science University
1984: Researcher, Fukuoka Sports Research Center
1995: Researcher, Dept. of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology, Faculty of Eng., Niigata Institute of Technology
2008: Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Eng., Niigata Institute of Technology
2010: Professor, Dept. of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Eng., Niigata Institute of Technology
2013: Professor Department of Human Life Management, Faculty of Policy Management, Shobi University

Niigata Swimming Federation Medical Science Committee Member; Niigata Football Association (Vice-Chairman of Class 1 Committee, University/College Soccer League Federation Committee Chairman/Standing Committee); Hoku-Shin-Etsu Collegiate Basketball Federation Director; and Japan University Football Association Director.