Not to be confused with the High School still operating in the Ibaraki Prefecture, Meishū-Gakuen is one of the newly established Universities in Shin-Edo after the earthquake of 2025. It was designed to conform to the ISCED 2023’s new levels of education which covers emerging technologies as well as new standards of the teaching method.
After the earthquake of 2025, new building standards were put in place and many structures were torn down instead of renovated. Meishū-Gakuen was one of the first schools to use an updated Japanese education system to accommodate new and emerging technologies at the time.
Finished in 2029, it has been constantly updated throughout the years and was given a further improvement before the second quake of 2037 in the form of a holographic infrastructure and “paperless” mandate to promote the preservation of resources. Legacy facilities are still in operation, such as the old library through donations and tradition.
The success of the semi-autonomous design was carried over when the Mizushobai complex was under construction. Future examples are planned in Kyoto and the other major cities, although with the Kuro Incident, this has been put on hold.
At the present, it is one of the few schools in the world that offers ISCED Level 9 education and accreditation in fields such as Nanotechnology and Genetic Engineering.
The University occupies an area of about 1,000 square meters scattered across three city blocks. The buildings are connected by the Yamanote station running through the middle of the structures, as well as the various connecting walkways to nearby commercial buildings and the giant roof that rests on all three.
Due to the roof, all the structures share a single height of 283 meters, although the roof itself has different floors to accommodate facilities for Physical Education and earthquake countermeasures. Students are arranged in the buildings as follows:
Preschool up to middle school in building one
High school and undergraduate in building two
Graduate, post-graduate and doctoral in building three
All buildings house their own utilities and facilities and can operate independently of one another should power failure or some other event arise.
The roof contains the facilities for Physical Education as well as other functions and is not a single, discrete piece. Rather, it is a multilevel structure in itself, with the top floor open as the main roof deck with lower floors for maintenance and utilities. Students are strictly forbidden from the lower floors, with security added after an incident regarding a missing student. Investigations are ongoing.
While most Physical Education facilities are in the roof deck, some are actually enclosed in their own buildings on top of the roof, such as for table tennis, fencing, kendo and badminton. The roof also serves as the main gathering place for the student body for occasions such as the opening ceremonies or for cultural festivals and the like.
The dormitories are all located on the lower floors closer to the Yamanote station as well as for safety concerns. The dormitories are scattered across the three buildings to accommodate their respective students, although in the case of building three, there are tenants for the lower education levels due to the smaller student body that studies there. The dormitories also have the main walkways for between the three buildings.
There is a suspended plaza in the middle of the structures. Smaller than the roof, it is designed for recreational purposes. Secondary safety measures were put in place after the Kuro Incident when a student group died while trespassing under the plaza. The electrical interference from the Kuro Incident shorted the nanomachine net they were standing on. Their bodies were found on top of the Yamanote station roof. Investigations did not find the cause of why they were gathered there.
The station was integrated into the design of the building unlike other stations and as a result actually snakes through the three buildings to service them. This design serves to make the area around the school a minor commercial district thanks to the student population and the many buildings connected to the school.
There has been a rising issue in recent times due to the rampant consumerism being promoted by malls and commercial buildings close to the school, although it has lessened due to the effects of the blockade. Despite this fact, the wide demographic present in Meishū-Gakuen allows all kinds of businesses and services to flourish in the periphery. From illicit Help Soft programs to help get through exams to the ubiquitous Blue Light trade, most students have at least dipped once into this dark trade.
There are rumors that some dealers accept only the strangest items for their products, from personal photos to tufts of hair, most wave it away as the usual exploitation of the youth. But with the events of the Kuro Incident, some have started to wonder what there is to gain from not transacting in cash.
There are four libraries in operation at the moment, three are “paperless”, operated entirely via holograms and hands free displays, while the fourth is the old library, which is comprised of physical books.
Since students can remotely access the content of the libraries, they serve mainly as study halls, with one library per building. Comprising multiple floors to accommodate the large student population, they take up ten floors, each with a central atrium to lessen the claustrophobia in the building.
The fourth library is located in building three, comprised mostly of historical texts. It is not a popular area due to the topics stored there as well as the limited network infrastructure. After the earthquake of 2037, the shelves were reinforced and bolted into the floor, a serious oversight that injured a student during the earthquake. Maintained via donations, it has been kept as it is up to the present, with no further renovations or improvements planned. Of note is that there are no hologram projectors or any visual or audio device present in the library. This is a point contested by the former student trapped there during the earthquake who said she saw a news feed there. No such devices were found during her rescue or the renovations after.