Brooklyn embraced brave students who pioneered Japan’s modernization

A century and a half ago, when Japan shifted its course toward modernization, Japanese students who went abroad and returned with knowledge and skills of Western civilization played crucial roles in the country’s transformation. ... Hundreds of them were studying in the United States. … The names of six Japanese students were registered in the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute’s [now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering] annual catalog of the officers and students who were enrolled from September 1870 to June 1871. ... They were Takahiko Azuma (Prince Kacho Hirotsune), Shuichiro Fujimori, Motoi Ikagawa, Tamesuke Magome, Shoji Takato and Naotaro Yanagimoto.

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