Why Now



Discussions with local and international business and industry leaders suggest that the Chubu region is expected to continue to rely on the collaboration of local and international business interests. While there is both apprehension and hope for the impact on new technologies for the future of automotive and aerospace industries in Chubu, and excitement over the new maglev “Linear” Shinkansen scheduled to commence in 2027, the general consensus is that Nagoya and the Tokai region will remain as Japan’s manufacturing heartland.

This reality will require global partnerships, multi-national business tie-ups and an internationally-minded workforce. The increase in the number of companies represented by the parents of the students we currently serve (from 15 companies in 1999 to 28 companies in 2018), and their continually diversified industries also points to steady and sustained growth for the region.

Such an international business environment depends on a quality international school able to serve the needs of international business. Employees will not take assignments in Japan unless they are confident the relocation will be a positive experience for their families and particularly for their children. As the expectation of quality in education continues to rise globally, the standard required of a top-quality international school also needs to keep pace.

Furthermore, the school’s recent enrollment growth across all divisions dictates that this is the right time for campus improvement. Classrooms are full, common spaces are nearly over-flowing, and spare rooms for collaboration and meetings are no longer available. Learning in the areas of the sciences and the arts are impeded due to the limitations of the current facilities. Bathroom usage is fully maximized, and the lack of multipurpose spaces for lunch, performances and larger gatherings for community activities are causing scheduling and maintenance issues. Simply put, the school is having a hard time trying to function as a school typically should and is not at the level Nagoya needs.

As Nagoya continues to rely on the collaboration of local and international business integration, and as Japan looks to develop a more internationally-minded workforce for the future, it remains our hope that both the local and national authorities and the wider community appreciate the value and the need for adequate international schooling options for all students. The time for Nagoya and Chubu to prepare for sustained growth is now.