Ian Ruxton studied modern languages and law at Cambridge University. After graduation he spent two years in accountancy before becoming a teacher of French and German in English public schools. He is now an associate professor at Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan.
1998 0-7734-8248-2 Sir Ernest Satow was the doyen of the British scholar-diplomats of the Meiji era in Japan. Satow’s genius made him a colossal figure of his time, deeply respected by the Japanese who knew of his profound scholarship and knowledge of their country, and the desired representative of Britain in Tokyo where he was appointed Minister in 1895-1900. His presence in Tokyo assisted the process of coming to an agreement in the negotiations of Anglo-Japan Alliance of 1902.