LONDON — A Scotsman credited with preventing thousands of Japanese from dying of cholera in the 19th century is being officially honored in his hometown of Edinburgh.

Officials have unveiled a stone bench to commemorate the important but little known life of William Burton, who redesigned a large part of Japan’s crumbling water supply system in the late 19th century and thereby significantly improved the nation’s public health.

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