The Meiji University Parent's Association Union celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2004.
Creation of the Parent's Association
A parents' association sponsored by the University was held in September 1972, some 38 years ago, in Okayama and Hiroshima Prefectures. It was at this first gathering that the plans for establishing the association were presented to the participating parents. These plans were welcomed by positive responses from parents, and on December 17, three months later, some 160 parents gathered in the Asahi Seimei Hall in Okayama City for an inaugural meeting to launch the Okayama Prefecture Parent's Association. Association regulations consolidated by the organizing committee were proposed, and after a Q&A session, the Okayama Prefecture Parent's Association was born from unanimous agreement, marking the start of the Meiji University Parent's Association.
The following year, 1973, saw the launch of parent's associations in Hiroshima Prefecture, Hokkaido Hakodate, Hokkaido Sapporo, Hokkaido Dohoku, Hokkaido Doto, and Shizuoka, Kyoto, Aichi, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ishikawa, Niigata, and Nagano Prefectures.
The parent's association was launched on the established policy of forming the association based on the voluntary efforts of each parent. The process of launching the association involved first the commissioning of an organizing committee by the University, preparations of association rules by the organizing committee, and holding an inaugural meeting of parents sponsored by the University.
Launch of Meiji University Parent's Association Union
Inviting the chairpersons of the 19 parent's associations, a parent's association chairperson gathering was held by the University on January 26, 1974. At this meeting, the launch of the Meiji University Parent's Association Union was proposed, and adopted with unanimous agreement. Association rules were then deliberated, and the Meiji University Parent's Association Union was formed on this date. Yoshiaki Fujiwara, first chairperson of the Okayama Prefecture Parent's Association was appointed the first chairperson of the Parent's Association Union.
In the same year, 50 parent's associations were set up across the country; Nine in August (Tottori, Shimane, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, Kochi, Oita, and Miyazaki), 13 in September (Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, Toyama, Fukui, Gifu, Mie, Shiga, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara and Wakayama), three in November (Gunma, Yamanashi, Okinawa), and six in December (Ibaraki, Tochigi, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Tokyo). The associations of Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba Prefectures were each later split into East and West divisions, while the Tokyo associations were split into five divisions North, South, East, West, and Tama. The first chairperson gathering was held in January 1975, launching the activities of the Meiji University Parent's Association Union.
Bridge between University and Parents
Revolving around parent gatherings held since the launch of the Parent's Association, the Association has been pursuing activities taking into account the current situation such as distribution of university PR materials, the "Meiji University Newsletter", presentation of graduation souvenirs, support for extracurricular activities, funding foreign students, setting scholarship amounts, and helping out with fundraising campaigns of the university.
While functioning organically, these activities serve as a bridge in many ways: as a bridge between the university to establish itself in each district and care for each and every one of its students, and a reliable and cooperative local bridge as the parent's association of each district establishes itself in the local community through active dialogue and interaction between the parents.