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100 Years of History



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The origins of the Nippon Dental University are to be found in the establishment of the private Kyoritsu Dental School by Ichigoro Nakahara in 1907 in accordance with the Japanese Dental Law of 1906. This school evolved into the Nippon Institute of Dentistry and then the Nippon Dental College, with a second school of dentistry subsequently established in Niigata.

The Nippon Dental University is the most representative of all Japanese public and private dental universities. It has established affiliated specialized schools for the training of dental technicians and hygienists, including a junior college in Niigata for training hygienists and a junior college in Tokyo for training technicians and hygienists, to mention a few of its accomplishments. As Japan's largest comprehensive dental institution with highly developed capabilities in education, research, and treatment, the Nippon Dental University is the alma mater of a great many dentists now at work in Japanese society.


Photo:The main building of the Nippon Institute of Dentistry, 1909

The main building of the Nippon
Institute of Dentistry, 1909

Photo:The main building and the Centennial Anniversary Building

The main building and the
Centennial Anniversary Building



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1907  6 Ichigoro Nakahara establishes the private Kyoritsu Dental School in Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
1907  8 The school moves to 34 Kanda Kiji-cho, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo.
1909  6 The school is renamed the Nippon Institute of Dentistry and moves to Fujimi-cho, Kojimachi-ku, Tokyo.
1911  2 Nakahara is appointed principal.
1919  12 The Nippon Institute of Dentistry becomes a legal foundation, with Ichigoro Nakahara as chairman of the Regent Board.
1936  9 Seiji Kato is appointed principal.
1941  3 Minoru Nakahara is appointed chairman of the Regent Board.
1947  6 The school is renamed the Nippon Dental College.
1948  1 Minoru Nakahara is appointed president.
1951  2 The school becomes an incorporated entity.
1952  4 The Nippon Dental College is reorganized under the new postwar education system.
1960  4 The college adds a four-year graduate program.
1968  4 The Affiliated School of Dental Technology is established.
1971  4 The Affiliated School is renamed the Affiliated School of Dental Technology and Hygiene, and starts a Dental Hygiene Course.
1972  4 The Nippon Dental College starts its second School of Dentistry at Niigata, and the college's name is later changed to the Nippon Dental University.
1981  4 Soh Nakahara is appointed president.
1981  6 The Medical Hospital is established at Niigata.
1983  4 The Affiliated School of Dental Hygiene at Niigata is inaugurated.
1984  8 Soh Nakahara is appointed chairman of the Regent Board.
1987  4 The Affiliated School of Dental Hygiene at Niigata is upgraded to a junior college and offers a Dental Hygiene Course.
1989  9 The Museum of Medicine and Dentistry is opened at the School of Dentistry at Niigata.
1990  4 The Graduate School is inaugurated at Niigata.
1991  4 Sen Nakahara is appointed president.
1995  6 Toru Sato is appointed president.
1999  2 The Dental Research Institute is established in Niigata.
2000  4 Sen Nakahara is appointed president.
2000  7 Sen Nakahara is appointed chairman of the Regent Board.
2001  1 Reorganization of the university.
2004  10 The first phase of the Centennial Anniversary Building is completed.
2005  4 The Nippon Dental University College at Tokyo is established.
2005  10 The repair and expansion of the Tokyo Hospital is completed.
2006  4 School and faculty names are changed to incorporate "life dentistry."
2006  6 The Centennial Anniversary Building was inaugurated.


Ichigoro Nakahara
The Founder

Photo:Ichigoro Nakahara The Founder

Ichigoro Nakahara
The Founder

Photo:Ichigoro Nakahara’s book Children and Their Teeth

Ichigoro Nakahara’s book Children and Their Teeth

Ichigoro Nakahara was born on May 15, 1866, and received his license to practice dentistry in 1889. In 1890, he opened his own hospital, called the Nakahara Dental Hospital, and as a member of the local assembly he strove to improve the standards of preventive dentistry among children. In June 1907, he established Kyoritsu Dental School. In 1909, this became the Nippon Institute of Dentistry, and he was appointed principal in 1911. In September 1915, he was awarded a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. In 1920, he was made chairman of the Regent Board, and he was named honorary president in 1936. From his youth, Ichigoro Nakahara's industrious study and research resulted in many inventions and innovations in dental medicine. In addition, he enjoyed calligraphy, as well as the traditional Japanese poetic forms called haiku and tanka. He died on March 22, 1941, at the age of 75.



Minoru Nakahara
Honorary President

Photo:Minoru Nakahara Honorary President

Minoru Nakahara
Honorary President

hoto:Albums of Minoru Nakahara's paintings

Albums of Minoru Nakahara's paintings

Minoru Nakahara graduated from the Nippon Institute of Dentistry in 1915. After receiving a dentistry degree from Harvard University in 1918, he undertook several years of research in Europe. In 1923, he returned to Japan as a professor of the Nippon Institute of Dentistry, and was appointed chairman of the Regent Board in 1941. He became president of the Nippon Dental College in 1948, and in 1962 he became president of the Japan Dental Association. In 1973, he was made chairman of the Nippon Private University Association. Minoru Nakahara's life was dedicated not only to education and medicine but also to the arts, for he was a talented painter and many books of his works were published. Between 1959 and 1988, he was first a director and then an honorary director of the Nika-kai artists' association. He died on October 15, 1990, at the age of 99.

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