- Historical Society of English Studies in Japan
- 英学史研究 (ISSN:03869490)
- no.23, pp.133-146, 1990
Junjiro Hosokawa (1834-1923) was a scholar of Chinese classics and a jurist born in the province of Tosa.<BR>In 1890 he was appointed member of the House of Peers, and in 1893 member of Privy Council. He was raised on the baronage in 1900.<BR>In his youth he studied Dutch and English, and also artillery and navigation at Nagasaki and Yedo. He became the chief of <I>Yaku Kyoku</I> (Translation Bureau) of <I>Kaiseikan</I> established by the Tosa clan.<BR>In 1871 he was sent to San Francisco where an Exhibition was to be held. After the exhibition he made a tour over the continent as far as the cities on the eastern coast. He kept a diary of the tour in Chinese classics and published a book titled <I>Shinkohu Kiho</I> (Journal of the first visit to a foreign country). His book tells how successfully he carried out his mission and how closely he watched things American.<BR>The latter half of this essay is on John Reddie Black and the <I>Nisshin Shinjishi</I>. When the government wanted Black to quit his business and employed him as a foreign consultant, Junjiro Hosokawa visited Black and pursuaded him. Several historians affirms so. But judging from Black's letter to the British consulate, I guess it was not Junjiro Hosokawa that visited Black but another man named Hiroyo Hosokawa.