Japanese aviation has its roots at the University of Tokyo. Professor Aikitsu Tanakadate was an early aviation pioneer and helped build Japan’s first glider in 1909. In 1918, Tanakadate began an aeronautical course in the Department of Shipbuilding. This course expanded to the Department of Aeronautics in 1920 and became a mecca for Japanese students of aeronautics. Among the graduates of the Department of Aeronautics was Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Zero Fighter. In the 21st century, the University of Tokyo continues to advance aviation research. The university began teaching a special course on aviation innovation in 2009. Professor Shinji Suzuki hopes students who complete the course will change the aviation landscape for the better. The course is endowed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which is developing the first domestic-built aircraft project in 50 years. The course itself aims to become another trailblazer in Japanese aviation research and education. For the full story on the University of Tokyo and Japanese aviation, visit the UTokyo FOCUS webpage in the video description.