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Viscount Aoki Shuzo

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Born: 1844 AD
Died: 1914 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: Japanese
Categories: Diplomat

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1844 - Born on the 3rd of March in Sanyo, Onoda, Japan.

1868 - He studied western science and medicine (rangaku) at the clan school Meirinkan in Hagi, and in Nagasaki, he was then sent by ChMshk domain to Germany to study western law.

1873 - He returned after the Meiji Restoration, and entered the Foreign Ministry of new Meiji government  as First Secretary to the Japanese legations to Germany, Netherlands and Austria.

1891 - He was forced to resign as a consequence of the Otsu Scandal, but resumed his post as Foreign Minister under the Matsukata Masayoshi cabinet.

1894 - As ambassador to Great Britain, he worked with Foreign Minister Mutsu Munemitsu towards the revision of the unequal treaties.

       - He signed the Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Commerce and Navigation for Japan in London on the 16th of July.

1900 - He was then appointed to the Privy Council and elevated in title to shishaku (viscount).

1906 - He served as ambassador to the United States.

1914 - Died on the 16th of February.

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