▶Kochi - its History, Culture and Nature
Kochi Prefecture is located in the southern part of Shikoku, south-western Japan. It is surrounded by the Shikoku Mountains in the north, and faces the vast Pacific Ocean in the south. Kochi has a mild climate throughout the year. The hours of sunlight and rainfall are among the top ranks in Japan. Thus, Kochi is a most suitable place for agricultural study and research.
Kochi's forests occupy 84% of the entire land, and its vegetation varies from the subtropical to the sub frigid zone.
Among the rivers in Kochi, the three clear streams are Niyodo River, Shimanto River and Monobe River. Niyodo River has the average BOD rate of 0.5mg per liter, which means it has the clearest water in Japan.
These nutritious rivers meet Kuroshio Current off Kochi Prefecture, which creates rich waters called the Koroshio Current Sphere in the Pacific Ocean.
With abundant natural products from mountains, rivers and oceans, Kochi has been selected as No. 1 in the category of delicious food, according to a tourist survey.
Blessed with diverse nature and climate, various types of outdoor activities can be enjoyed throughout the year, from marine sports in summer to skiing in winter.
The Yosakoi Dance Festival, held every August, is a vibrant carnival famous in Japan.
Japanese comics and animation are world-renowned today. Kochi, known as the Kingdom of Manga (cartoons), has produced and is still producing many talented cartoonists.
Kochi has produced many heroic leaders at pivotal turning points in Japanese history.
Ryoma Sakamoto : A samurai hero who devoted his life to peacefully transforming feudal society into modern society and is still held in great respect by many people in Japan.
Yataro Iwasaki : The founder of Mitsubishi conglomerate, who made his fortune out of his poor childhood and made a great contribution to the development of Japan's economy and industries.
Tomitaro Makino : The father of Japanese botany. Despite him being an elementary school dropout, he discovered and named a myriad of new varieties of plants, and left about 500,000 botanical samples as well as precious observation records.
Torahiko Terada : A physicist and essayist. He was famous for his pioneering efforts to combine science with literature.
Taisuke Itagaki : The leader of the civil rights and freedom movement in the early Meiji Era. When he was attacked by villains, he was famous for stating, "Freedom never dies even if I die."
Shigeru Yoshida : A statesman who established the foundation of post-war Japan with his strong leadership. He became the minister of foreign affairs and the prime minister.
Making use of Kochi's geographical features, we lead research on agriculture.
Thanks to its diverse nature and climate similar to those in the tropical and subtropical regions, Kochi is a most suitable site for agricultural research. There are various types of research facilities on our campus, and the University's huge farmland is located next to it. By making use of these merits, we are conducting a lot of cutting-edge research: production management technology for plants and livestock, improvement of various plants, biotechnology, and plant horticulture using environmental control technology. We are sharing our research results with the world.
Currently, Kochi University is cooperating (intercollegiate/interfaculty) with around seventy universities and institutes in about twenty nations and regions. Especially in the Faculty of Agriculture, more than fifty talented international students are setting high goals in conducting their agricultural research every year. They are from Southeast Asia such as China, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh and Vietnam, as well as from Africa and the Pacific Rim. After studying at our University, they are making great contributions to the development of their own country with their acquired expertise and techniques.