Choshu-Five and Satsuma-Nineteen
In 1863, Choshu clan (current name is Yamaguchi Prefecture) sent five samurai to UCL. They are known as Choshu-Five. 2 years later Satsuma clan (current name is Kagoshima Prefecture) sent 19 young people to UCL, which are known as Satsuma Nineteen. After studying at UCL, they returned to Japan and significantly contributed to the establishment of modern Japan. UCL is cerebrating their achievement.
The names of 24 students are written on the stele in UCL
Junichiro Koizumi, a former Prime Minister of Japan
studied in UCL
150th Anniversary Celebration
Since 2013, UCL has been celebrating this history.
UK-Japan 150 Year Academic Interaction UCL, 3rd July 2013
Visit of Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe
to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the arrival at UCL of the Satsuma 19
UCL, 23rd July 2015