Kaoru Kamata

Kaoru Kamata was elected as Waseda University’s 16th President in 2010. He received both his B.A. and his M.A in Law from Waseda, and served for many years as a professor and administrator in the Waseda University School of Law. In 2004 he became a founding professor in the new graduate professional Waseda Law School and served for five years as its Dean. 

A specialist in Japanese Civil Law, Real Estate Law and their relation to French legal systems, he was a visiting researcher at the University Panthéon-Assas in France, and later an exchange researcher at L’académie de Paris.

As the 16th President, he formulated a long-term strategic plan, named Waseda Vision 150, in 2012 to mark the 150th -year anniversary of the University’s establishment twenty years from now in 2032, and has been leading drastic structural reforms since then.

Called frequently to public service, he is currently a member of the Council of Science and Research of the Ministry of Education; he chairs the Japan Association of Law Schools and the Working Group on Civil Law of the Ministry of Justice’s Legislative Council; and serves as President of the Japan Association of Private Universities and Colleges. Most recently, in 2013 he was tapped by the Prime Minister to head his government’s Education Rebuilding Implementation Council, charged with proposing changes throughout Japan’s educational system.