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Movers and Shapers: Japan - UK Relations - Sir Ernest Satow

A seminar looking at the contribution to UK - Japan relations by Sir Ernest Satow.

The third of our "Movers and Shapers" series looks at Sir Ernest Satow, one of the first British diplomats to master the Japanese language at a time when Anglo-Japanese negotiations were carried out in Dutch. He quickly became invaluable to the British Legation, his mastery of the Japanese language transforming the power and authority of the British in Japan. His writings were sympathetic towards the group of samurai opposing the Bakufu, including Ito Hirobumi and Saigo Takamori. His book "A Diplomat in Japan" is still well known today and has been updated in recent years. This seminar should prove illuminating about the contribution played to UK - Japan relations at an influential time in Japan's history.


Professor Ian Nish | talks


Date and Time:

14 October 2008 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Japan Foundation London
Russell Square House
10-12 Russell Square
020 7436 6695

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