About Us

About Us

Why Us

At Aoba-Japan Bilingual Preschool (AJB)Waseda Campus, we provide an original program focusing on how to prepare children to become 21st-century learners.


Bilingual Education

At AJB, we aim to create a learning environment that allows children to learn English naturally in the same way that they learn Japanese. When children immerse themselves in both Japanese and English from an early age, they build a strong foundation in order to become global citizens who are able to communicate with people around the world.


Inquire-based Approach

At AJBP, in addition to our original daily program we also offer special events such as a Winter Concert, Sports Day, and a variety of seasonal events. These events are carefully planned around children’s interests and concerns. Throughout these experiences, children learn how to share their thoughts and feelings effectively, solve problems, build relationships with their friends, and become cooperative.
Children may encounter conflicts or make mistakes, but they learn through such experiences and acquire important life skills such as communication, compassion, self-reflection, self-regulation, teamwork, and how to take a leadership in a group.

Support for Working Families

We provide an early drop-off (8:00-8:30) and late pick-up service (15:00-18:00) for working families.

We provide a school bus to the following route: Iidabashi, Kudanshita, Kagurazaka, Ichigaya

School policies are as follows:
– The safety of your child is our first priority. We support your child’s growth in a warm and exciting learning environment.
– Through our daily routines, we encourage the growth of child’s mental/physical health, communication, manners and compassion.
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Specialized Programs

We understand that it is hard for working families to put their child in specialized programs outside of school. Even if you were able to do so, the commute might cause you to lose valuable family time.
In order to support working families, we provide various types of specialized programs such as dance, rhythmic class, gymnastics, music and elementary school prep class.

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Greetings from our Board Chair, Iwao Shibata

We put the safety and well-being of your child first in every single aspect of our childcare from nutrition to physical and intellectual education.

We provide a world-class curriculum to meet the needs of a quickly globalizing society. We prepare children to be competent in both Japanese and English in order to realize an abundant life and confidently contribute to the betterment of society.

Career History

Kyoto University (MEng), London School of Economics (MSc), Kellogg Graduate School of Management (MBA).

After founding a consulting firm, he went on to establish an internet industry business called EveryD.com in 1998 and served as Representative Director of Orange Life, Shuncoubou and other companies.

Currently, he serves as President and Representative Director at Business Breakthrough, Inc. and as a professor at Business Breakthrough University Graduate School. He is the Administrative Director of Aoba Japan International School and Aoba-Japan Bilingual Preschool.

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Reiichiro Uno, Board Member

The world that the kindergarteners will experience in the next 80 years of their lives will be vastly different from the world that we adults have known for the past several decades. The world is sure to become a place in which answers are increasingly difficult to find. The tools and skills children will need in order to live happy lives are different from the tools and skills we needed, and each and every child is sure to have his or her unique needs.

How can we best design our school such that each and every unique child can confidently clear a path to his or her dream?

The staff and I continue to ponder this question every day as we interact with the children at JCQ.

Career History

After joining the Bank of Tokyo (currently the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ) and studying abroad, Mr. Uno got involved in financial investment projects both in Japan and across Asia. In 2009 he joined BBT to establish BBT University, and later began collaborating with Aoba in 2013. He worked as a joint translator for the book Motivational Design for Learning and Performance: The ARCS Model Approach by John Keller (Kitaohji Publications), and co-authored Global ni Tsuyou Suru Inou Wo Kaika Suru (Business Breakthrough Publications).

After working as a Principal of JCQ Bilingual preschool, Mr. Uno is currently serving as a Vice President of Aoba International School and as an adjunct professor at Kumamoto University Graduate School of Instructional Systems.

Sho Katsumoto, Principal

Career History

Keio University(BLaw), University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy(MPP).
Having spent 5 years of his childhood in Germany, Mr. Katsumoto graduated from a bilingual high School(Keio Academy of New York) in the US.
He started his career at Kumon first as an instructor and then served as a supervisor for over 100 learning centers.
After working at an educational startup, he joined BBT in 2015 and was the team leader of Entrepreneurship Course and the chief planner of “I”ntrepreneur Development Program at Business Breakthrough University Graduate School.
In April 2019, he became part of the AJB Waseda team.

Mission & Vision


We are dedicated to developing global-minded, compassionate, collaborative students inspired to learn, take risks, and lead change in the world.


Aoba-Japan Bilingual Preschool will continue to be a leading school by providing students with a rigorous international education in a safe and supportive environment conducive to learning in which learners’ needs are supported, their perspectives sought and respected, and their unique qualities valued and nurtured. Through a continued emphasis on educational excellence and innovation, each individual student will be provided relevant resources and opportunities that will enable them to secure the best of what the future holds for them.


“Be the best you can be.”


Name Aoba-Japan Bilingual Preschool Waseda Campus
Address 1-14-8 Takadano-baba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Telephone 03-6385-2818
Students to be admitted 125
Management Gendai Youji Kisokyoiku Kaihatsu K.K.
Group schools Aoba-Japan International School
Summerhill International School
Open Monday – Friday
Operation hours 8:00~18:00
※8:00~8:30 and 15:00~18:00 are extended day-care hours. An extension charge is imposed before 8:30 and after 15:00.
Days Off Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays, Golden weeks, Summer holidays (1 week), Winter holidays (1 week), Spring Holidays (3 days) and other holidays