Established 135Years Ago
Classic Yet Innovative—Mixing History and Tradition with Modern Ways of Thinking
Meiji University was originally established as Meiji Law School by three young lawyers in 1881, back in the early years of Japan’s modern period. Since those days, Meiji has continued for almost 140 years as one of Japan’s leading private universities. But Meiji University does not simply bask in its traditions: it is an institution that is constantly in tune with the times and anticipates future developments.
In recent years, for the first time in half a century, the university opened a new faculty in the shape of the School of Information and Communication. That was followed by the creation of the School of Global Japanese Studies in 2008. The School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences was established in 2013, and the same year saw the opening of Nakano Campus, which symbolizes Meiji’s status as an urban university.
Meiji University has set itself the following mission: “To the World—Empower the Individual, Link to the World and the Future.” In this way, Meiji aims constantly to lead the world by tackling new challenges and opening up a new era.
• Meiji placed 3rd among private institutions of all 780 universities of Japan as a place of high innovation, according to Daigaku Sagashi (“Looking for a University”) Ranking Book 2016, produced by Daigaku Tsushin.
Aims of Three Young Lawyers—Tatsuo Kishimoto, Kozo Miyagi and Misao Yashiro
The predecessor of Meiji University was Meiji Law School, which was founded in 1881 by three lawyers in their late 20s. All three were members of provincial feudal clans. Amid the upheaval and reformation that occurred when the Edo period (1603–1867) came to an end in Japan, they moved to Tokyo at the direction of the newly formed Meiji government, having been selected among their clans as scholarship students. In Tokyo, they studied French law. Upon the opening of the law school, the founders divided their responsibilities, with Kishimoto taking charge of French commercial law, Miyagi Japanese criminal law and Yashiro civil procedure law.
The three men shared a passion for respecting the rights of the individual toward creating a free society and in wanting to promote the development of intelligent young people to lead a modern civil society. These are the origins of Meiji University’s founding spirit of Rights and Liberty as well as Independence and Self-government.
Japan Study Destination No.1
Teaching Staff at 166 Japanese-Language Schools Would Recommend Meiji to International Students
In the Study in Japan Awards, Meiji University won top place for the fourth year in succession when it was chosen by the teaching staff of 166 domestic Japanese-language schools as the private institution (in East Japan) for humanities that they would recommend to international students intending to enter university. The reasons for the recommendation included the high employment rate, application guidelines being easily understandable, frequent explanatory meetings, status as a high-profile university, substantial support owing to the large number of overseas students, and enrolled students appearing to lead an enjoyable university life. The cordial reception given to international students at Meiji University has constantly received high evaluation.
Desirable University No.1
Japan’s Most Popular University
Meiji was selected at the university in the Kanto area (Tokyo region) to which most students wished to apply (currently for the 7th year in a row) among all 780 universities in Japan, according to Shingaku Burando Ryoku Chosa 2015 (“2015 Survey of University Brand Power for New Entrants”), produced by Recruit Marketing Partners.
Meiji was chosen as the most popular university among students (as assessed by high school career counselors) among all 780 universities in Japan, according to Daigaku Sagashi (“Looking for a University”) Ranking Book 2016, produced by Daigaku Tsushin.
With Japan’s declining birthrate, the number of people aged 18 years is now just 1.2 million. Among those individuals, the number of university applicants currently stands at 660,000. But for 10 years in a row, the number of applicants to Meiji University has been over 100,000. In the period from 2010 to 2013, Meiji received the most number of applicants of any university in Japan. Over the seven days of Open Campus 2015, a record 60,000 students preparing to take entrance exams came to visit the university.
from Tokyo Station 5Minutes
At the Heart of Tokyo
Tokyo is an international megalopolis that boasts a population of 13 million people and is the political, economic, commercial, academic and cultural center of Japan. With its vast accumulation of goods and information, Tokyo is a city of constant, dynamic change. But it is also where culture and tradition live on from the pre-modern days when it was known as Edo. As such, Tokyo has all the excitement of a colossal theme park. And Meiji University is located at the heart of Tokyo.
From Tokyo Station to Ochanomizu Station (the closest station to Meiji’s Surugadai Campus) takes just 5 minutes by train. The campus is a 3-minute walk from Ochanomizu Station. Akihabara—the mecca of Japanese pop culture, with 600 stores specializing in electronic goods—is a 15-minute walk from the campus. The other three campuses have direct train connections with Shinjuku (one of Tokyo’s major centers) and traveling time, 4 to 30 minutes. Meiji University thus offers outstandingly good access within the city.
Diversity of Young People
There are 32,890 students at Meiji University. Among all 780 of Japan’s universities, Meiji is currently 5th in terms of number of undergraduates with 30,538 students, according to [Japan] University Ranking 2016, Asahi Shimbun Publications. Though Meiji is certainly a large university, a particular merit of its educational system is the emphasis on small classes. And it is a place that in addition to the Tokyo metropolitan area attracts students from all of Japan’s prefectures and students from around the world.
International Students 1,700+
Global Campus: Sense of Japan; Sense of the World
Meiji University has focused on promoting internationalization, and every year it accepts many international students: it placed 6th among all 780 universities of Japan in terms of number of overseas students, according to [Japan] University Ranking 2016, Asahi Shimbun Publications. At Meiji’s four campuses, there are now international students from 44 countries and territories. Meiji is making such positive efforts as holding entrance examinations for international students and operating student exchange programs (interuniversity and interfaculty) and short-term programs.
500,000 Graduates in the World
Ever since the first students graduated from Meiji Law School in 1882, Meiji University alumni have been highly influential in Japan and the world. They have distinguished themselves and exerted an impact on society in such varied areas as politics, business, culture, entertainment, sports and the mass media. Examples include Takeo Miki (66th prime minister of Japan), Tomiichi Murayama (81st prime minister of Japan) and Masako Nakata (Japan's first female lawyer). Another alumnus was Tatsuji Fuse, a human rights lawyer who dedicated his life to advancing the cause of society’s weak in the early part of the twentieth century and received the Order of Merit for National Foundation from South Korea. In the world of music, Yu Aku wrote a huge number of best-selling songs, and Masao Koga, recipient of the People’s Honor Award of Japan, composed many popular songs for such artists as Hibari Misora. Naomi Uemura was the first person in the world to scale the highest peaks on five continents. Founder of the publishing company Bungeishunju and of the prestigious Akutagawa and Naoki prizes for literature, Kan Kikuchi likewise studied at Meiji University.
The great diversity in the network of Meiji University graduates is a strong feature of that institution.
• Meiji placed 4th among all 780 universities of Japan in terms of company presidents who were alumni, according to [Japan] University Ranking 2016, Asahi Shimbun Publications.
• Meiji placed 3rd (as assessed by working adults) among private institutions of all 780 universities of Japan in terms of deep ties among graduates and alumni regarding it as an attractive institution, according to Daigaku Sagashi (“Looking for a University”) Ranking Book 2016, produced by Daigaku Tsushin.
Possible in English 4
Gaining Degrees Completely in English
At Meiji University, there are 4 courses in which students can obtain a degree using only English. Meiji is one of very few universities at which this kind of study is possible in Tokyo. In all, over 540 classes are held in English (excluding language courses). Meiji University is making great efforts to enhance that number and quality.
English-Based Degree Programs
- • School of Global Japanese Studies, English Track(Bachelor’s, since 2011 academic year)
- • Graduate School of Science and Technology, International Program in Architecture and Urban Design (Master’s, since 2013)
- • Graduate School of Advanced Mathematical Sciences (Doctorate, since 2011)
- • Graduate School of Global Governance (Doctorate, since 2014)
Graduates 2Prime Ministers
Two Japanese Prime Ministers
Two prime ministers of Japan were graduates of Meiji University: Takeo Miki (66th prime minister) and Tomiichi Murayama (81st prime minister). At present, 15 Meiji alumni serve in the National Diet (House of Councillors, House of Representatives).
Overseas Bases 3
Strengthening the Relationship with ASEAN Countries
Meiji University operates 3 overseas facilities: Meiji University ASEAN Center (established in 2013 in Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand); Beijing Office(established in 2011 in Chaoyang District, Beijing, China); and Malaysia Office (established in 2007 in the University of Technology Malaysia).
Following the strengthening of relations with ASEAN countries in recent years, Meiji University has established the ASEAN Consortium—a collaboration with 17 leading universities in ASEAN nations. With its focus on the mutual learning of language and culture, the ASEAN-Japan Literacy program is promoted among students. The program was selected for the Re-Inventing Japan Project: Support for the Formation of Collaborative Programs with ASEAN Universities in fiscal 2012 by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
17 Consortium Member Universities
The consortium includes the National University of Laos, National University of Singapore, University of Indonesia, University of Malaya and University of the Philippines Diliman.
Teaching Staff from Overseas
or with Overseas Degrees 45%
Globalized Teaching Staff
Meiji was selected by MEXT as part of its project to promote internationalization, and the university has undertaken dynamic efforts to support internationalization. In that regard, the globalization of its faculty members has been a major initiative. Among full-time teaching staff at the university, around 45% are from overseas or have degrees from universities abroad.
- • In 2009, Meiji was selected by MEXT as one of 6 private universities in its Global 30 Project.
- • In 2014, Meiji was selected by MEXT for the Top Global University Project (leading-global type).
Meiji University has four campuses: Surugadai, Izumi, Ikuta and Nakano. Izumi Campus is for freshmen and sophomores studying humanities (except students in the School of Global Japanese Studies). Surugadai Campus is for junior and senior year students. Ikuta Campus caters for science students (School of Science and Technology, School of Agriculture). Nakano Campus, which opened in 2013, is for students in the School of Global Japanese Studies and School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences.
With 23 floors above ground, the campus’s Liberty Tower can accommodate 8,000 people and is primarily used for undergraduate tuition. From the upper floors of the building, the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Skytree as well as firework displays at Tokyo Disneyland can be seen. The campus also houses the University Museum, which has 290,000 items (such as documents related to criminal matters), and the Aku You Memorial Museum (dedicated to a famous lyricist, novelist and poet). Near the campus are the “curry town” of Kanda and an area famed for its many old bookstores of Jimbocho. The whole district has the feeling of an old-fashioned college town.
This campus offers exceptional convenience in being just 10 minutes by train from the major centers of Shinjuku and Shibuya. The symbol of the campus is Izumi Library, which opened in 2012 and features an inviting library environment.
This vast campus is located in the verdant Tama Hills to the west of Tokyo. The campus houses the School of Science and Technology and School of Agriculture, where students can study cutting-edge science, technology and bioscience up to graduate school. Ikuta Campus also has the Advanced Plant Factory Research Center. In 2012, Kurokawa Farm was established near the campus. This is a large-scale urban farm that makes full use of advanced technology in highly efficient production systems and environment-friendly systems, including organic agriculture.
The fourth campus of Meiji University opened in 2013. Classrooms, laboratories and research rooms are sided with glass to create an open learning environment, allowing tuition and research to be freely viewed. The 6th-floor Cross-Field Lounge is a popular space that makes use of color to create a mood that is both comfortable and intellectually stimulating.
10Undergraduate Schools 16Graduate Schools
Undergraduate and Graduate Schools for Those Wanting to Learn
Meiji University has 10 undergraduate and 16 graduate schools. It is a university whose schools and departments are for students who really want to learn. Meiji has advanced departments that are abreast of current trends. The university allows deep study in specialized disciplines. Thanks to these features, it placed 3rd (as assessed by students preparing to take entrance exams) among the private institutions of all 780 universities in Japan—in Daigaku Sagashi (“Looking for a University”) Ranking Book 2016, produced by Daigaku Tsushin.
Many international students are enrolled at Meiji University, and they cover extensive academic fields from the School of Commerce and School of Business Administration to the School of Science and Technology and School of Global Japanese Studies. In all, 28 departments have been established among the university’s 10 undergraduate schools.
School of Law / School of Commerce / School of Political Science and Economics / School of Arts and Letters / School of Science and Technology / School of Agriculture / School of Business Administration / School of Information and Communication / School of Global Japanese Studies / School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences
Olympic Athletes 264
Medals Won 36
Meiji Resolute in Sports: Always Advance
Meiji is widely known as a leader in the world of university sports, which has helped underline its reputation as a strong sports institution. For example, with the Olympics, athletes associated with Meiji University began participating in the 1920 Games (VII Olympiad), held in Antwerp, Belgium. In all, 264 Meiji alumni have taken part in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games and won 36 medals (14 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze).
Among currently active athletes, there are 11 Meiji alumni in professional baseball, about 50 in Japan’s soccer J League, 13 in the X-League of American football, 43 in Japan’s Top League for rugby union and four (male) in the National Basketball League of Japan. In addition, among 192 players inducted in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, 21 are associated with Meiji University.
The Meiji University Baseball Club is one of 45 sports clubs at the university. Meiji participates in the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League, which has a long and eminent history in Japan, and Meiji has won the league 37 times. Meiji University has been the national rugby champion 12 times, which on one occasion drew 60,000 spectators to the National Stadium. Meiji has also won the Hakone Ekiden relay marathon race 7 times.
45 Sports Clubs
45 Sports Clubs
Skating Club / Ski Club
Combat Sports, Martial Arts
American Football Club / Badminton Club / Basketball Club / Field Hockey Club / Football Club / Golf Club / Handball Club / Hardball Baseball Club / Junko Baseball Club / Rugby Football Club / Soft Tennis Club / Table Tennis Club / Tennis Club / Volleyball Club
Partner Agreements with
47Countries and Territories
270Universities and Institutions
World Network of 270 Universities and Institutions in 47 Countries and Territories
Meiji’s first partner agreement took place in 1986 with York University (Canada). For the purposes of joint research and student exchange, Meiji has since expanded its overseas partners to 270 universities and institutions in 47 countries and territories. Partner universities do not just act as study abroad destinations for Meiji students: they also actively dispatch students, and every year around 250 international exchange students are enrolled in Meiji University’s undergraduate and graduate schools.
Accommodation for international exchange students is provided in the form of dormitories, such as at Izumi International House, which has a tea-ceremony room, and Komae International House, which also houses Japanese students. Both are just a 2- to 12-minute walk from the nearest station and have good access to the Izumi and Ikuta campuses.
Research Centers 15
3 Affiliated Research Facilities, 3 Research Institutions, 9 Research Clusters
To promote international-standard research, Meiji University’s Organization for the Strategic Coordination of Research and Intellectual Properties has defined priority areas and established 15 research centers. Joint research is promoted with universities and research institutes overseas. One of those 15 centers is the Meiji University International Institute for Bio-Resource Research (MUIIBR), headed by Dr. Hiroshi Nagashima, professor in the School of Agriculture and a world authority on somatic cell cloning technology in the pig. In addition, through international research in the area of mathematical modeling and analysis, the Meiji Institute for the Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences (MIMS) covers wide-ranging fields, including the Gas Hydrate Research Institute and Meiji University Research institute for the History of Global Arms Transfers.
Japanese-Language Classes for International Students 200+
Hone Japanese-Language Ability to Take Highly Specialized Classes at Meiji
Over 200 Japanese-language classes are provided by the Japanese Language Education Center as well as by each school to address the needs of international students. When international students take classes together with Japanese students, the overseas students receive support from the Japanese Language Education Center so that they can adequately understand the content of lectures. Starting with introductory courses and differentiated according to language level, international students enrolled in the English Track of the School of Global Japanese Studies and others are able to take classes in Japanese. A full range of tuition is offered, including oral expression, written expression, reading comprehension and speed-reading as well essay writing and a class for dealing with situations in Japan. The aim is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality education for the Japanese language.
The President’s Cup Japanese Speech Contest for International Students has been held since 1996. This has become a perfect opportunity for students to showcase the fruits of their Japanese study, and every year many international students present their individual topics in Japanese.
Official Social Networking Site Accounts 23
Ongoing Use of Diverse Media to Send the Latest Information to Society
Meiji University operates 23 social media accounts with university and corporate organizations: Twitter, 11; Facebook, 10; LinkedIn, 1 (USA) and Sina Weibo, 1 (China). Twitter and Facebook are used to post day-to-day information, such as by the Public Relations Office, Support Center for Earthquake Reconstruction, defunct Imperial Japanese Army Noborito Laboratory Museum for Education in Peace, university schools, University Library, International Collaboration Office, and Employment and Career Development Support Office. Among other sites, LinkedIn serves the practical purpose of connecting enrolled students with alumni around the world. At Meiji, the largest number of international students hail from Greater China, and so use of the very popular Chinese Sina Weibo Web site began in 2015.
Meiji University’s ongoing proactive efforts to present information to society led it to claim second place in the area of public relations among all 780 universities of Japan, according to [Japan] University Ranking 2016, Asahi Shimbun Publications.
Certified Clubs 370
Over 370 Clubs to Empower the Individual
Meiji University has over 370 clubs and specialist-interest groups, which allow students who share the same interests and goals to get together irrespective of academic year or department. From 45 sports clubs in the Athletic Association and groups devoted to traditional Japanese culture to unique pursuits, the university’s clubs are active on a daily basis. One example is the Rakugo Research Group, which focuses on rakugo, the traditional art of comic storytelling. That group attracts a great number of members and has produced celebrated rakugo storytellers. One in two students has been involved in group activities, and the number of such individuals in undergraduate and graduate schools has reached 16,000.
International students also participate in club activities and gain experience of places related to particular aspects of Japanese culture or various locations in Tokyo. In the process, they undergo individual empowerment beyond the reaches of the classroom.
• Meiji placed 3rd (as assessed by students preparing to take entrance exams) among all 780 universities in Japan as a place that offered extensive extracurricular activities, such as events, functions and clubs, according to Daigaku Sagashi (“Looking for a University”) Ranking Book 2016, produced by Daigaku Tsushin.
Examples of University Clubs
- ・Meiji University Mandolin Club
- ・Ulblanc (skiing)
- ・Ikuta Kendo Club
- ・Goony (futsal)
- ・Woody Club (band)
- ・Go Club（game of go）
- ・Kissui International Exchange Society
- ・Green Breeze Golf Team
- ・All Round Piano Society
- ・Toutou (organization for animal protection)
- ・Kizuna International (volunteer)
- ・Fiesta Siesta（salsa）
- ・Abbey Road (Beatles study group)
- ・Announcers Study Group
- ・Sakadou（tea ceremony and flower arrangement）
- ・Study Group of Anime and Voice Actors
- ・Meiji University Railway Club
- ・Meiji Shogi Club (game of shogi)
- ・Confectionery Study Group
- ・Architectural Planning Research Club
- ・Ikuta Dairy Chemistry Research Club
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Manga Library at the University: Collection of 70,000 Books for Transmitting Cool Japan
Based on the 140,000 books and materials left behind by Meiji graduate Yoshihiro Yonezawa, the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures (a special library) opened at the Surugadai Campus in 2009.
Manga, anime and video games are a reflection of Japanese society, social conditions and lifestyles. As a result, they possess considerable academic and cultural value. In recent years, this area has represented a notable cultural export from Japan to the world at large. Toward clarifying the history and growth of this phenomenon, Meiji University has made a systematic, comprehensive collection of materials, and the School of Global Japanese Studies has promoted research and education in this field.
In addition to the Manga Library, each of the four campuses has its own university library, and the number of books exceeds 2.5 million. Among them, the Izumi Library has won numerous awards. The first of those was the 2013 Good Design Award, operated by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion. The library received this prize for its “furniture that has been placed here and is a place that delicately harmonizes with the senses, such as sound and color” and being “excellently organized for ease in locating books.” The library also features an adjacent café. In 2015, the number of library visitors exceeded 3 million.
Students Dispatched Overseas 1,200+
Meiji Students “Go Forward, Go Global”
There is great diversity in ways of accommodating overseas study, such as interfaculty partnership agreements, interuniversity partnership agreements and study programs developed by individual schools. Many Meiji students every year—including enrolled international students—select the destinations, periods and programs of their choice in pursuit of their individual goals and go out to study in the world.
Among the unique short-term study abroad programs developed by particular schools are the following: Cambridge University Summer Law Programme (United Kingdom) of the School of Law; French Fashion Program (France) of the School of Commerce; Double Degree Program (United States) of the School of Political Science and Economics; International Agricultural Cultural Understanding Program (Thailand) of the School of Agriculture; Global Service Learning (Philippines) of the School of Business Administration; and Overseas Location Program (New Zealand) of the School of Information and Communication in cooperation with Fuji TV Cooperation. The Walt Disney World Internship Program (United States), run by the School of Global Japanese Studies, is a popular annual program.
Courses for Working Adults 400
Over 20,000 Working Adults Engage in Lifelong Learning at Meiji
Liberty Academy was established as a lifelong learning facility so that Meiji University could restore its intellectual properties to society. Over 400 courses a year are open to the public and are held at the university’s four campuses as well as at Kurokawa Farm. Depending on their interests, over 20,000 individuals study in such areas as education, language and business and also to obtain qualifications.
• Meiji placed 3rd (as assessed by students preparing to take entrance exams) among private institutions of all 780 universities of Japan as a place that makes a contribution through its close ties with local communities and society, according to Daigaku Sagashi (“Looking for a University”) Ranking Book 2016, produced by Daigaku Tsushin.
Kirin Beer Classroom / Space in The Tale of Genji—buildings and furnishings / TV Commercial Songs and Their Times / Médecins Sans Frontières and I / Era of Same-Sex Marriage in American Society
Introductory Course for Entrepreneurs / Hospitality Management / Innovative Thinking for Creating Hit Products / Basic Financial Literacy (Saturday course) / Introduction to Human Resources Analysis
Social History of Beautiful Women in China II / Food and Fashion of Edo / World of Men’s Fashion Illustration / Japanese Space: Gardens / Manga before Osamu Tezuka / Pleasures of Opera / Haiku University (Izumi Campus evening classes)
Enjoy Learning and Using the Basics! Course in Practical Sign Language / Course for Passing Exams in Trade Practices, Beginners
Introduction to Russia: Culture and Language / Class for Achieving 900 Points in TOEIC (R) Test (Surugadai Campus, Thursday, fifth class) / Learning Japanese Culture in English, Intermediate
One and Only Lovable Mascot—Meijiro
Meijiro, the university’s mascot, was born on January 17 (anniversary of the university’s foundation). Meijiro’s gender is unknown. Theory has it that Meijiro was born in the forests of Tottori, Yamagata or Fukui, which are the home prefectures of Meiji’s three founders.
As a motif, Meiji University’s official mascot character Meijiro is an owl that looks like a sage of the forest. The wings are bluish purple, which is the school color, and Meijiro’s distinctive large eyes look far into the distance. The name is a combination of "Meiji" and fukuro ("owl").
Meijiro loves events and cosplay. Meijiro has been featured in the media and is a conspicuous central feature in various ways around the campus.
Ranking for Support in Job Hunting No.1
Meiji Excellent for Finding Employment
Meiji has the reputation of being a good university for its students in job hunting. With 28,000 student consultations and 200 special seminars a year, career design tailored to meet individual needs is conducted throughout the 4-year study period. Over 5,000 offers of employment are received.
International students receive special support in finding employment. Courses are held to provide guidance in such areas as making job applications, business Japanese for job hunting in Japan and written examinations for international students. There are also exchange meetings with international student alumni as well as prospective employees. The popular guidebook Meiji University Job Hunting Guide for International Students in both English and Japanese comprehensively covers the details of finding employment in Japan.
• For 6 years in succession, Meiji has been chosen as the top university (as assessed by high school career counselors) for its efforts in job hunting among all 780 universities in Japan, according to Daigaku Sagashi (“Looking for a University”) Ranking Book 2016, produced by Daigaku Tsushin.
Examples of companies that have hired International Students from Meiji
All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.; Asahi Breweries, Ltd.; Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.; Calbee Inc.; Hitachi, Ltd.; Honda Motor Co., Ltd.; Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.; Itochu Corp.; Line Corp.; Mitsubishi Corp.; Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.; Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd.; Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.; Panasonic Corp.; Shimizu Corp.; SoftBank Group Corp.; Suntory Holdings Ltd.; and Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.