About Us

Message from the Principal

We can all learn from our mistakes.

The Academy lives by two mottos. The first motto is “kyu-ten-jikki”(九転十起),which means “Rise again every time you fall.”

​We believe that through continuous efforts of perseverance, we can achieve our goals, no matter how many times we may fail. Always remember not to be afraid of making mistakes. By learning from our mistakes, we can move forward. Without first making an effort, we cannot achieve anything. That is why we assert that making an effort is the most important first step.

Our second motto is, “love and harmony.” The love and harmony that runs through each and every student and faculty member at our school contribute to shared values and unified school spirit.

Asano Junior and Senior high school students, between the ages of 13-18, spend six years developing into prime students. By encountering newfound experiences, we believe the education they receive at school is invaluable in preparing them for whatever the future may have in store. The school is also a place where students can develop meaningful relationships that they will carry for the rest of their lives.

The famous Japanese historical novelist Ryotaro Shiba once said in his book, “The Magnificence of Humanity,” that each human being is a link in a chain ― a chain that extends from the distant past into the future. For over 98 years, this academy has built up a tradition that has been carried out and passed on by about 20,000 graduates.

The Academy’s educational goal is to nurture individuals who are possessed with mental toughness, thoughtfulness and awareness of responsibility as well as a broad outlook and deep sensitivity.

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The Asano Academy was founded in 1920 by Soichiro Asano, the renowned Japanese entrepreneur and founder of several companies, such as: Taiheiyo Cement Corporation and JFE Steel Corporation.

​The Academy’s aim was to cultivate members of society who could be constructive in an industrial society. The academy was reorganized as Asano Junior High School (Grades 7-9) and Asano Senior High School (Grades 10-12) following World War II and the subsequent national educational system reform. In that decade, the school’s facilities were updated, including a school library, a gymnastic hall, and a school field. 2020 will mark the centennial anniversary of the school’s foundation.

School Information

The Asano Academy is a private boys’ school located in the center of Yokohama City. The Academy consists of Asano Junior High School (Grades 7-9) and Asano Senior High School (Grades 10-12) with approximately 800 students respectively. Celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2020, the Academy is accredited by the Kanagawa Prefectural Board of Education, in compliance with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology.

The Asano Academy was founded in 1920 by Soichiro Asano, a renowned Japanese entrepreneur and founder of several companies, such as: Taiheiyo Cement Corporation and JFE Steel Corporation. Admission to the Junior High School is highly competitive. Every year, 270 out of approximately 1800 applicants are selected for admission, based on their scores during entrance examinations.

School Motto”九転十起” & Philosophy

The school motto of 九転十起 (Kyu-Ten-Jukki) means, “Rise again every time you fall.” We believe that we can achieve our goals by continuously making efforts and persevering. This strong spirit of perseverance comes from the academy’s founder, Soichiro Asano, who spent his life contending with many ups and downs. The school’s educational goal is to nurture individuals who possess mental toughness, thoughtfulness, and awareness of responsibility, as well as a broad outlook and deep sensitivity.

Educational Feature

The Academy aims to bring a well-balanced education based on what we call the “Three Main Pillars.” These being: studying, school events and club activities.

All of our students study hard to enter their selected universities. However, we do NOT think that passing their university entrance exams is the only purpose of their education. Through many school events and club activities, the students learn to communicate with not only their friends in the same grade, but with those in different grades. In doing so, they foster human relationships, share feelings of happiness or regret, act on their own initiatives, and find their own ways of living.

Award-Winning Club Activities, Year 2015-2017

The International Chemistry Olympiad

Shortlisted for national representatives, 2016

The International Conference of Model United Nations in New York

Participated, May 2017


The Japan HEnDA prepared-English debate Championship 1st Best Communication Score, 2016

The Model United Nations for all SHS students in Japan, Prize for Outstanding

Ambassador Role, 2016

The Japan PDA improvised-English debate Championship 3rd Place, 2016

Sho-gi (Japanese Chess),

The Japan Championship for JHS students, Participated, 2016

The Japan Championship for SHS students, Participated, 2016


The Japan Championship (fly weight),

Participated 2015

Students Council

Students Council intends to foster their self-governing spirit and develop mind and body through their responsible behavior based on the school motto” Love & Group-Oriented” and “ 九 転 十 起 (Kyu-Ten-Jukki).” In addition to the council’s six permanent committees, School Festival, Sports Day and JHS’s Sporting Event are voluntarily planned and operated by each executive committee of the council.

Matriculation of 2015-2018

Asano’s curriculum is based on the standards and requirements of the Japanese government for high school education. For more detailed information on this curriculum, see below. At Asano, the students work hard to study subjects above and beyond the required curriculum, and the teachers are very eager to offer academic guidance and assistance. Due to this extra effort, almost all of Asano Graduates enter an institution of higher education, mostly in Japan. 43% go on to national or public universities, 50% enter private universities and 9% to medical schools. Recently, there are even a few students going abroad for higher education. All Asano students are very competitive. We are proud of our students’ efforts and the teachers’ support.

Class of: 2018 2017 2016 2015
National and Public Universities
The University of Tokyo (THE #39) 39 42 32 30
Kyoto University 8 5 8 3
Hitotsubashi University 16 15 14 23
Tokyo Institute of Technology 20 26 22 28
Private Universities
Keio University 188 138 124 154
Waseda University 174 109 116 155
Medical Schools
National 19 14 21 14
Private 28 27 36 39

School Calendar and Hours

​The Japanese academic year begins in April and ends in March, with three terms. April – mid-July (First Term), September – December (Second Term) and January – March (Third Term). The numbers in the column indicate hours per week for each subject. The circled numbers are for elective subjects, while the rest is compulsory. Daily lessons consist of six 50-minute periods. Students must earn 36 credits in Grades 10 and 11 and 30-34 in Grade 12 for graduation. Term examinations take place 5 times a year.

SUBJECTS school hour
1st year
school hour
2nd year
school hour
2nd year
school hour
3rd year
school hour
3rd year
humanities course the science course humanities course the science course
Integrated Japanese Language 6
Contemporary Japanese Language B 3 2 4 2
Classics B 3 3 4 3
World History A 2
World History B
Japanese History B
Geography A 2 3
Geography B
Contemporary Society 2
Intensive Study of World History A
Intensive Study of Japanese History A
Intensive Study of World History B
Intensive Study of Japanese History B
Intensive Study of Geography
Intensive Study of Civics
Mathematics I
Mathematics II 3
Mathematics III 4 4 3
Mathematics A 5
Mathematics B 3
Intensive Study of Mathematics 1 2 3
Basic Physics 3
Advanced Physics 2
Basic Chemistry
Advanced Chemistry 2
Basic Biology 2
Advanced Biology
Basic Earth Science 3
Intensive Study of Basic Chemistry
Intensive Study of Basic Biology
Physical Education 2 2 2 3 3
Health 1 1 1
Music I
Art and Design I
Calligraphy I
English Communication I 3
English Communication II 4 4
English Communication III 4 4
English Expression I 3
English Expression II 2 2 2
Intensive Study of English 2
Basic Home Economics 2
Information Study for Participating Community
the Period for Integrated Studies
1 1 1
the Period for Integrated Studies 1 2 2

Course of Studies

Integrated Japanese Language: this course is a combination of 2 credits of Contemporary Japanese and 3 credits of Classical Japanese
Contemporary Japanese Language B: covers modern Japanese literature.
Classics B: covers classical Japanese and classical Chinese.

World History: Course A focuses on the later modern period whereas Course B is an overview of all recorded history.

Japanese History: Course A focuses on the later modern period whereas Course B is an overview of all recorded history.

Geography Course A: focuses on raising global perspectives through learning world geography, whereas Course B: mainly focuses on studying topography to understand the features of each region.

Mathematics I: Algebra, Trigonometric Ratio, Quadratic Functions

Mathematics II: Equation of Higher Degrees, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Trigonometry

Mathematica III: Differential and Integral Calculus, Limits, Complex Plane

Mathematics A: Counting Probability, Integers and Figures

Mathematics B: Probability Distribution and Statistics, Sequences, Vectors

Grading System

The Asano Academy adopts a 5-point Japanese grading scale, according to the student’s performance, and examination scores achieved during the term. Therefore, the student’s GPA is calculated based on the 5-point scale.

Grade 5: represents an unweighted average score of 80% and higher
Grade 4: represents 65% and higher
Grade 3: is average and represents 45% and higher
Grade2: students must pass a make-up test
Grade1: means “failing”

Like most Japanese high schools, the Asano Academy does not introduce “Advanced Placement” or “Honors” courses. We offer our students the opportunity to explore advanced content in their field of interest in each subject, or in a wider variety of areas.
For any questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you.

Contact Us

Asano Academy/Asano Junior and Senior High School

Chairman of the Board: Hajime Asano
Principal of the School: Wataru Maeda
ADRESS: 1-3-1 Koyasudai, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, 221-0012 JAPAN TEL: +81-45-421-3281 FAX: +81-45-421-4080