<Choshu Five 150th Anniversary Event>
‘Following in the footsteps of the Choshu Five’ - Developing the next generation of leaders -

150 years have passed since the Choshu Five (※) ventured to the United Kingdom and studied at University College London. After completing their studies they returned to their home country and laid the foundations for modern Japan. This symposium reflected on the remarkable history of the Choshu Five as we seek to define the kind of leadership required by modern society and discussed how we can work together across sectors to create the social systems required to produce the next generation of leaders.

Date and time: Thursday 26 September, 13:00-17:00
Venue: Academy Hills (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49F, 6-10-1 Roppoongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-6149)
Enquiries: renkei@britishcouncil.or.jp


The ‘Choshu Five’ were members of the Choshu clan in western Japan who secretly left the country during the turbulent times toward the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. These five departed from Yokohama in May 1863 and arrived in the UK that November. 

The five young men studied at University College London. After returning to Japan, they all contributed in their various ways to the modernisation of their country. The ‘Choshu Five’ included Hirobumi Ito, who became Japan’s first Prime Minister and is otherwise known as ‘the Father of the Japanese Constitution’ and ‘the Father of  parliamentary government in Japan’. The other men were Kaoru Inoue, who became Japan’s first Foreign Minister and has been called ‘the Father of modern Japanese diplomacy’, Yozo Yamao (‘the Father of Japanese engineering’), Masaru Inoue (‘the Father of Japanese railways’) and Kinsuke Endo (‘the Father of the modern Japanese mint’).
(The above information is taken from the website of the Embassy of Japan in the UK)

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