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Records of a 30-year journey by a well-known researcher on Southeast Asia will soon be available to the public on a Web site operated by a research center at Saitama University.

Until his death in 1994 at age 68, Yoshiyuki Tsurumi observed the social and economic structure of the region from a grassroots viewpoint. He walked the beaches of Asia to meet people who freely crossed borders for production and trade, and to follow the distribution of local products, including bananas, shrimp and sea cucumbers.

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