The History of NIFS

Oct. 1, 1981
Formally established
Apr. 1, 1984
Student enrollment begins
Apr. 1, 1985
Foreign Language Education Center is established
Apr. 1, 1987
Center for Water Sports and Science is established
Apr. 1, 1988
Graduate School of Physical Education (Master’s Course) is established
May 25, 1988
School of Physical Education is established
Oct. 1, 1993
Ceremony held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of first lecture offering (12th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute; 10th anniversary of the foundation since enrollment of the first class)
May 20, 1994
Center for Sports Training Research and Education is established
Dec. 1, 1998
Information Technology Center for Sports Sciences is established (on campus)
Apr. 1, 2001
Interdisciplinary Research Center for Lifelong Sport and Physical Activity is established
Sept. 30, 2001
Ceremony held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute
Apr. 1, 2003
Admissions Center is established
Apr. 1, 2003
Trimester system changed to semester system
Undergraduate seven-course system changed to three-stream system
Apr. 1, 2004
National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya (National University Corporation) founded
Graduate School of Physical Education (Doctor’s Course) is established
Apr. 1, 2006
Physical Education & Sports Course renamed as “Integrated Sports Science Course”
Apr. 1, 2007
Enrollment quota increased by two additional students in the Graduate School of Physical Education (Doctor’s Course)
Apr. 1, 2008
Enrollment quota increased by ten additional students transferring into the third year of the School of Physical Education
Aug. 1, 2009
Tokyo Satellite Campus opened (in Hongo, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo)
Apr. 1, 2011
Foreign Language Education Center renamed “International Exchange and Language Education Center”
Sept. 24, 2011
Ceremony held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute
March 2015
Sports Performance Laboratory is established

Apr. 1, 2016
Joint study programs are established with the University of Tsukuba
・Joint Master’s Program in International Development and Peace through Sport
・Joint Doctoral Program in Advanced Physical Education and Sports for Higher Education

List of Past Presidents

Oct. 1, 1981 - March 31, 1986
EBASHI Shinshiro
Aug. 1, 1986 - July 31, 1990
HAYAKAWA Yoshitaro
Aug. 1, 1990 - July 31, 1996
IMAMURA Taketoshi
Aug. 1, 1996 - July 31, 2000
EDA Masasuke
Aug. 1, 2000 - July 31, 2008
SHIBAYAMA Hidetaro
Aug. 1, 2008 - July 31, 2016
FUKUNAGA Tetsuo

Aug. 1, 2016 -
MATSUSHITA Masao

Honorary Professors

Awarded Name
1986 EBASHI Shinshiro
1986 KAWAMURA Tsuyoshi
1990 HAYAKAWA Yoshitaro
1990 EGUCHI Hisamitsu
1996 IMAMURA Taketoshi
1996 KONO Makoto
1999 HAGIHARA Sumio
1999 IKEE Ryuichi
2000 EDA Masasuke
2000 AIDA Masaru
2001 MATSUKAWA Tetsuo
2001 MURAYAMA Terushi
2002 HIRATA Fumio
2003 DOI Tadashi
2003 GOSHI Norihisa
2005 MIURA Yoshihisa
2005 KUDO Toshio
2006 KOKUBU Kunitomo
2007 TAKAHASHI Seiki
2007 KURATA Hiroshi
2007 MATSUMOTO Masatake
2008 YAMANAKA Takao
2008 SHIBAYAMA Hidetaro
2009 MIYATA Kazunobu
2010 INOUE Akira
2012 SHIMURA Masako
2013 MIYASHITA Kazuko
2013 HIRASAWA Nobuyasu
2014 TANAKA Takao
2014 MATSUSHITA Masao
2015 KODAMA Masayuki
2016 NISHIZONO Hidetsugu
2016 SAITO Kazuto
2016 FUKUNAGA Tetsuo
2017 TAGUCHI Nobutaka
2018 KAWANISHI Masashi
2019 KANEHISA Hiroaki
2019 YOSHITAKE Yutaka