Hakluyt partners with the British Museum and Toyo Bunko to facilitate scholarly exchange

LONDON, July 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hakluyt, the strategic advisory firm for businesses and investors, is proud to announce that it has partnered with the British Museum in London and Toyo Bunko in Tokyo establish a university exchange program between these two world-renowned cultural institutions.

The British Museum has an extensive collection of historical artifacts from Asia, comprising more than 75,000 artifacts, and Toyo Bunko is one of the largest Asian studies libraries in the world, housing more than one million texts. Hakluyt will sponsor an academic staff member from each museum to visit the other for two weeks each year, with the aim of enriching their research, facilitating the exchange of ideas, and deepening cultural awareness and understanding.

Hakluyt created this program in memory of Minoru (Ben) Makihara – a great friend of the firm since its beginnings in the service of Japanese companies two decades ago – died in December 2020. Mr. Makihara was a former chairman and president of Mitsubishi Corporation, a former chairman of Toyo Bunko and one of the longest-serving members of Hakluyt’s international advisory board. He was also a strong advocate for strengthening cultural and commercial relations between Japan and the UK.

To celebrate the launch of the program, Hakluyt is also donating a first edition of The principal navigations, voyages and discoveries of the English nation (published 1598-1600) to Toyo Bunko – the defining work of Richard Hakluyt, the Elizabethan geographer after whom the company is named.

The first exchange has just taken place, with Dr. Rosine Bucklandcurator of the Japanese collections at the British Museum, having recently spent two weeks at Toyo Bunko.

Varun ChandraHakluyt’s Managing Partner, said, “Mr. Makihara was a great friend of Hakluyt and was instrumental in establishing and expanding our business in Japan. He was passionate about fostering strong ties and better understanding between our two countries – we hope this exchange program can continue his legacy and support the important work of Toyo Bunko and our longstanding cultural partner, the British Museum. . »

Dr Buckland commented: “My two weeks at Toyo Bunko have been fascinating, and it has been a privilege to have direct access to their collection and their world-renowned scholars. I was able to explore many books, on various areas of research, which are usually hard to get. This program provides an exciting opportunity for us and our friends at Toyo Bunko to learn from each other, and the exchange of ideas will no doubt further our mutual understanding of cultures. I am thrilled to see the research and friendships that develop through this program, and we are so grateful to our long-time supporters, Hakluyt, for making this possible.”

Yasuyuki SugiuraGeneral Manager of Toyo Bunko, said: “We are delighted to have received a first edition of The main navigations by Hakluyt, which is a wonderful addition to our collection, and we are very grateful for their support in launching this exchange program. It is a deserved tribute to Mr. Makihara, who has contributed so much to our organization over the years and who has been so concerned to deepen from Japan relations with countries like the United Kingdom. It has been an honor to have Dr Buckland from the British Museum with us over the past fortnight, and we have enjoyed sharing ideas and supporting his research. We look forward to our next visit to Londonand the continuation of the dialogue between our two organisations.”

Jun Makiharason of Mr. Makihara, said: “It is an honor that this exchange program has been set up in memory of my father. Apart from Mitsubishi Corporation, Hakluyt and Toyo Bunko were two of his greatest passions , and he was very proud of his He would be delighted to know that Hakluyt and Toyo Bunko remain connected and committed to his legacy of strengthening business and cultural ties between Japan and the UK.”

Notes to editors

Hakluyt is a strategic consulting firm that works with business leaders and investors around the world on their most important business issues. For more information about the firm, visit www.hakluytandco.com.

Toyo Bunko is the oldest and largest research institution for Oriental studies in Japan, and one of the top five research centers for Oriental studies in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.toyo-bunko.or.jp/toyobunko-e/index.php www.toyo-bunko.or.jp.

The British Museum is the first national public museum in the world. Its collection of eight million objects is unique in the breadth and depth of the cultures and continents it covers. For more information, please visit www.britishmuseum.org.

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