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The 100th Anniversary of Nepali Students in Japan


The Journey to Japan

After a thorough scrutiny and consultations with the Council of Elders, the Prime Minister's Office granted permission to the eight youths to go to Japan for study. A letter dated March 1902 from the "Munshi-Khana" (Department of Foreign Affairs) of the office of the Prime Minister reads as follows:

To The Students

You are hereby permitted by the gracious Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana to go to Japan, a country near China, for study and training on the subjects which are necessary for the country and as prescribed by the Prime Minister. You should reach Bombay on 21st April, and contact Thomas Cook & Sons Ltd., a Shipping Co., which will make necessary arrangements for your onward journey. The ship will leave for Japan on 29 April. Rs. 1,000 in Indian currency has already been remitted for your preparations. Rs. 6,700 has been sanctioned for your travelling expenditure (including 17 servants) from Nepal to Japan. Change the money at Thomas Cook & Sons Ltd. Another sum of Rs. 12,840 (Indian currency) will be given to you from Birganj treasury as part of your expenses for one year in Japan. Change it also at Thomas Cooks & Sons Ltd. in Bombay. You must deposit the money in a bank in Japan which pays good interest. You may withdraw the money every month and distribute it among yourselves according to your monthly stipends.

According to the second letter from the Prime Minister's office, all the concerned officials and even religious heads were consulted before the departure of the students. They expressed their opinions that the government and the country would benefit when the youths would return and use their skills. Therefore they had no objection to sending the youths to Japan, a country near China. Since Japan was a Buddhist country, the youths were assured that their 'caste' would not be affected. "In Japan there are many good technical schools," the letter added. Swami Giri was fully authorised to take care of the students. The students were instructed to report to the British Legation in Tokyo on arrival and the British Minister was also requested to look after the students. The students were advised not to quarrel with anybody there and, in the event of any problems, they were asked to report to the British Minister in the Legation.

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