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Danish Minister for Culture hands over copy of original Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation

07.02.2017  07:15

Today, February 7th, at the National Archives in Japan, Danish minister for Culture, Mette Bock handed over a copy of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation to the Chairman of the 150th Anniversary Honorary Committee Japan and former ambassador in Denmark, Seiichi Kondo.

The original Japanese copy of the treaty was lost in the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923. The Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation was signed in 1867 after long negotiations through Dutch intermediaries. Handwritten in Dutch and Japanese, it was the last treaty with a foreign nation to be ratified by the Shogunate before the Meiji Restoration in 1868.

The new copy has been completed thanks to the generous efforts of Dai Nippon Printing, who took upon them the task of copying the Danish treaty. The copy is printed on washi (Japanese paper) with hemp and kozo (mulberry) fibers, which is closest to the original paper and will last long in to the future.