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The diary of a Japanese man sent abroad by the feudal Satsuma domain who later established himself as a successful U.S. winemaker has been found in California, a scholar in Kagoshima Prefecture said.

The diary belonged to Kanae Nagasawa (1852-1934), who was one of several people sent to Britain in 1865 near the end of the Edo Period to study Western civilization. Nagasawa, 13 at the time, was the youngest in the group. His diary contained a draft letter to fellow student Arinori Mori, Japan’s first education minister, according to Takaaki Inuzuka, a professor at Kagoshima Immaculate Heart University.

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