Professor Yoshikazu Kenjoh of the Keio University Faculty of Business and Commerce delivers the Yukichi Fukuzawa-Francis Wayland Memorial Lecture
May 20, 2021
On May 15, 1868, while Edo (present-day Tokyo) was in a state of turmoil in the midst of the Boshin War, Yukichi Fukuzawa remained unperturbed and continued to present a lecture as usual on an economic text by the American economist Francis Wayland. A memorial lecture has been held at Keio University on May 15, designated the "Yukichi Fukuzawa-Francis Wayland Lecture Day," since 1956 in order to pass down to posterity the spirit of Fukuzawa who esteemed learning and education over any social change that took place.
Although the lecture would typically be held before an audience with the Mita Public Speaking Hall (Mita Enzetsu-kan) as the venue, for the 2021 academic year, the lecture was released as a video stream available on-demand in consideration of the status of COVID-19 infections.
A recording was made in the Mita Public Speaking Hall of this year's lecture by the Faculty of Business and Commerce Professor Yoshikazu Kenjoh, which was titled "10 years of discussing the contemporary meaning of 'this kind of a government if the people are this way' (Fukuzawa)."
In honor of the episode regarding the Boshin War recounted in the beginning, the lecture video was scheduled for release from the below page at 10:00 a.m. on May 15. The lecture can be viewed by the general public.