This paper describes the differentiation of Universities by mission in 2015. It focuses on financial support from the Japanese Government to universities for education reform and describes the application process for that support.
The findings of the paper are: 1) In recent years, universities must include information of high quality and in large quantity in the application form. 2) It is clear that the application process has created a differentiation of universities by mission. 3) Research universities pursue globalization; universities located in each prefecture are not narrowing their mission; and one-faculty universities are expanding the variety of their missions.