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Tokujiro Obata was born in 1842.
Tokujiro Obata was director of the Shinshiikan, school of the Nakatsu Clan. He went to Edo (1864) and studied English under Yukichi Fulmzawa and became director of Fukuzawa's private school. Appointed president of Keio Gijuku and elected a member of the House of Peers (1890). He wrote many books enlightening the masses on Western civilization.
Contributed much to the establishment of Keio Gijuku, predecessor of Keio University.