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Rutgers and the Iwakura Mission​

By 1872, dozens of Japanese students had studied at Rutgers College and its preparatory Rutgers Grammar School, among whom were Iwakura Tomomi’s own sons, Tomosada and Tomotsune. Although Rutgers was not an official component of the Mission’s itinerary, there were some notable linkages between Rutgers and the Iwakura Mission, especially in the field of education. This section focuses on three men associated with Rutgers—Guido F. Verbeck, Hatakeyama Yoshinari, and David Murray—who were involved with the Iwakura Mission in one way or the other and shaped the foundation of Japan’s modern education as envisioned by the Mission.