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85年、ロータリー交換留学生として初来日。1年間、札幌で過ごす。86年帰国。弱冠18歳にしてオーストラリアのラジオ局で、プロラジオDJデビューを果たし、活躍するものの、日本での生活が忘れられず、92年に再来日。93年からは、FMラジオ局のラジオDJとして、名古屋を中心に活躍中。テレビタレント、ナレーター、コラムニストとしての活動は多岐に渡る。近年は「外国人から見た日本」をテーマに講演活動を行い、好評を博している。

A long time Japanophile, Chris Glenn first came to Japan in 1985 as a Rotary Exchange Student. On his return to Australia in 1986, he commenced working as a radio DJ. In 1992 he returned to Japan, where he remained working in radio, TV and as a newspaper columnist and writer.

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Guns ‘N’ Cockroaches

2015.07.15 | カテゴリー : Samurai | 投稿者名 :

The daimyo who introduced firearms to Japan, forever changing samurai warfare, Shimazu Takahisa,

died on this day, July 15, 1571.

 

The 15th head of the Shimazu clan, Takahisa was interested in fostering relations with the international

 

travelers of the day. Realising the importance of trade, he established trade with the Ryukyu

 

(Okinawa) Kingdom, and in turn with China. Because of this trade with the Ryuku Islands and China,

 

the Shimazu clan were responsible for introducing cockroaches into Japan. In 1542, following a

 

Portuguese shipwreck on the island of Tanigashima within his domain, he obtained some early

 

matchlock guns.

 

 

 

Recognising the military value of the weapons, he asked the Portuguese traders to bring more.

 

It was Takahisa who greeted St. Francis Xavier on his arrival to Japan, and one of the first daimyo

 

to embrace Christianity, allowing Jesuit priests to work in his domain. This support for the foreign religion

 

was soon rescinded under pressure from many Buddhist temples and monks. Shimazu Takahisa was

 

57 when he died.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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