Japanese students in the United Kingdom

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The first Japanese students in the United Kingdom arrived in the nineteenth century, sent to study at University College London by the Chōshū and Satsuma domains, then the Bakufu (Shogunate). Later many studied at Cambridge University and a smaller number at Oxford University until the end of the Meiji period. The reason for sending them was to catch up with the West by modernizing Japan. Since the 1980s, Japanese students in the United Kingdom have become common thanks to cheaper air travel.

Chōshū Five (1863)[edit]

At University College London supervised by Professor Alexander William Williamson

Satsuma students (1865)[edit]

15 Satsuma students, one from Tosa and one from Nagasaki, and 4 supervisors (ometsuke). This group also studied at University College London which was open to students of all religions.

Bakufu students (1866)[edit]


Students: (12)

Students in the Meiji era[edit]

Cambridge University[edit]

Oxford University[edit]

Naval trainees[edit]


After World War II[edit]

See also[edit]