Sep. 07, 2021
Creation of the Parents’ 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 parents’ 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
In the same year, 50 parents’ association 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 Parents’ Association Union.
Bridge between University and Parents
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 parents’ association of each district establishes itself in the local community through active dialogue and interaction between the parents.