The Shinsei Gakuryo Dormitory was renamed after the war from the Shiken Dormitory presided over by the late Hozumi Goichi. Based on the history of the disaster that Japan has given to Asian countries since the Meiji era, the dormitory has been maintained as a place for young Japanese and Asian youth students to deepen mutual understanding and cultivate friendship through autonomous communal life. Hozumi dedicated his life to developing human resources in Asia and Japan under the spirit of independence and equality. We are currently promoting a plan to rebuild this dormitory (located in Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo) that was likely to collapse with a big earthquake as a result of aging into an earthquake and fire resistant building.
In 1957, the dormitory students organized a tour in Hokkaido with the support of the business world as a joint activity between Japanese and international students, deepening the recognition of Asia and Japan. In the latter half of the 1960 's, the dormitory students built the sister dormitory named Souseiryo by generating a part of the construction fee by their part - time jobs and by voluntary efforts, which expanded the circle of the resident students. The dormitory also served as a base for support activities for Vietnamese students in Japan who were involved in Vietnamese peace and unity movement and for Thai students who were solidarizing with democratization movement in their home country. It is well known that many of the dormitory students participated in and cooperated in the establishment and management of the Asian Student Culture Association (ABK) and the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS).
Today, international relations diversify and tensions and conflicts occur in various places in the world. In such an era, we believe it meaningful and will have even greater significance in the future to find the existence of this dormitory which deeply cultivates fraternity, respecting the difference between nationality, ethnicity, religion, thought, language, and gender. Studies have been done by volunteers of the dormitory graduates almost 3 years ago to rebuild the dormitory since they received requests from the students living in the dormitory who wished to stay in an earthquake resistant building. Considering the fact that over half a century has passed since it was built, and as it was diagnosed to be extremely dangerous in seismic diagnosis, we have summarized the rebuilding plan as per attached. Until now, the dormitory has been left to the voluntary management of the students and we were unable to prepare the rebuilding funds because we have kept the dormitory fee low in order to support students who are economically unavailable. Therefore, we would like to ask for your cooperation in donation for rebuilding the dormitory, with the approval of broad-based stakeholders including Shinsei Gakuryo Dormitory and the Asian Students Cultural Association.
Murayama Tomiichi, Sugiura Seiken, Ogiso Yu
Representatives of promoters, Committee for re-building Shinsei Gakuryo
Ogiso Yu, Director-General
Asian Students Cultural Association