Kagoshima-Japan's southwestern Hub
Kagoshima, the site of the International University of Kagoshima, is located in southern Kyushu southwest of Japan's main island of Honshu.
With its warm climate, Kagoshima has fostered a unique culture characterized by a passionate nature and broadmindedness.
In addition to its geographical advantage of being located at the south end of the Japanese archipelago, it has played an important role in Japan's contact with overseas nations.
Goods such as firearms, and cultural mores such as Christianity entered Japan via Kagoshima.
With its broadminded, international view, Kagoshima has promoted overseas exchanges positively from early on by, for example, sending students to the United Kingdom in 1865 and taking part in the 1867 Paris world exposition in the name of the area's major feudal ruler, the Satsuma Clan, at a time when Japan had closed its national door to overseas entry.
Many people in the region who were thus raised with an international outlook contributed much to Japan's modernization preceding and during the Meiji Era(1868-1912).
As Japan's southwestern gate to overseas nations and based on its past experiences, Kagoshima is continuing to promote exchanges with overseas nations, especially those in Asia, in economy, education, and culture.
The region targets becoming Japan's southern international exchange center.