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Our History

Founded in 1902, The American School in Japan was started by a dynamic group of women who recognized the need for a school among the growing foreign community. Beginning life in rented rooms in the Kanda YMCA, the Tokyo School for Foreign Children, as it was then known, quickly attracted a growing numbers of students from around the world and soon needed to move to a more permanent home in Tsukiji. The school survived the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and continued to expand and outgrew the Foreign Settlement moving to Meguro. After closing during the war years, the school reopened in 1946 to support the military and civilian families present in post-war Tokyo.

An increasing number of new students and teachers brought on a move to a new specially designed campus in Chofu in 1963. ASIJ has continued to grow and expand its facilities and programs, moving with the times to establish itself as a preeminent, college-preparatory international school. Each decade has brought the school new challenges, but despite the ever-changing geopolitical climate, ASIJ's vision of diverse multicultural learning and lasting personal connections remains our strength.

Today, with diverse curricular and co-curricular programs, a highly qualified faculty of over 150, and over 1,600 students from around 40 nations, ASIJ is one of the oldest and most respected international institutions in Japan. Now in our second century of education, ASIJ is privileged in continuing a tradition of academic excellence and personal growth with a global perspective that we hope will nurture in today's youth a bright and well-founded vision of tomorrow's possibilities.

Our past reflects well on your children's future.


Fostering a community of inquisitive learners and independent thinkers,
inspired to be their best selves, empowered to make a difference

The American School in Japan - Tokyo's Leading International School

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