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April 07, 2005

Controversial Tokyo Metropolitan University Opens

An entrance ceremony for the new Tokyo Metropolitan University was held yesterday at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Shibuya. About 2,300 students were in attendance, as was Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, a strong supporter of the university. Ishihara told the new students, "What society needs is people with strong individuality. There is not a university like this anywhere in the world." The new school was created through the merger of four existing municipal universities. The resulting cutbacks in faculty, coupled with a perceived lack of transparency in the decision making process, caused many people to criticize the project. The new campus is located in Hachioji, a western suburb of Tokyo.

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