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Abstract:

International Studies Paper
The Iwakura Mission in Britain, 1872
John Breen, Oliver Checkland, Andrew Cobbing and Akiko Ohta
March 1998
Paper No' IS/1998/349:
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Tags: iwakura misson; victorian london; kume kunitake; iwakura tomomi; ito hirobumi; education; industry; exports; religion; kairan jikki chronicle; meiji government; unequal treaties; embassy; 1872; britain; japan; america.

In London, at the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (LSE), a symposium was held on 6 December 1997 - the anniversary of the day when the members of Iwakura's delegation were received by Queen Victoria. Comprising four lectures the symposium was attended by a packed audience of some 75 people including the Joint Chairman and many members of the Japan Society, several senior representatives of the Japanese Embassy, as well as staff and students. Each lecturer focused sharply on a particular aspect of the Mission's work in Britain that fell within his or her special field and each prompted numerous questions and much discussion. It is some measure of the great range of subjects that the Mission was attempting to cover that there was no real overlap between any of the four papers. They are now included in their entirety in this volume.