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People flourished in history

From a merchant Jubei Nakaiya to a missionary Joseph Hardy (Jo) Neesima, Gunma produced many great men who were flourished in various fields. Here are some of the people:

Motohiko Katori, public bureaucrat (1829 - 1912)

Born in the Choshu Domain (current Yamaguchi Prefecture) in 1829, he was a fellow student and disciple of Shoin Yoshida. He married his sister and exerted himself on domain duties while teaching at Shoka Sonjuku at the end of the samurai period.
In 1876, he became the first governor general of Gunma and established prefectural junior high school, medical school and teacher's school and involved in the edition of school textbooks and community papers while he also focused on the industrial development such as the sericulture industry, until he resigned in 1884. In 1882, he also decided on the establishment of prefectural school for girls and kindergarten that were still rare in the country at that time.
Motohiko Katori was one of the well-known figures responsible for building the foundation of modern Gunma. At the Takahama Park located in the northwest of the prefectural office, there is a charity monument of Motohiko Katori built by interested persons of Gunma in 1890.

Yasusaburo Inoue, businessman (1868 - 1938)

  Inoue was born in Shinmachi (current Takasaki) in 1868 and establish a company in his lifetime. He was flourished as a businessman who set up various business projects based in Takasaki from the Meiji to Showa Period. He was honored to grant an audience to by the Emperor when he visited Gunma in 1934 and built a large Kannon statue to return the favor.
He spent enormous amount of his own money and started the construction in 1934. In October 1936, under the gaze of the prefectural governor, mayors of surrounding cities and villages and many attendees, the consecration ceremony of the Byakue Kannon statue was held by the former head of the Koyasan, Ryushin Takaoka. Later, he gifted the Kannon statue to Takasaki. He became a well-known figure who exerted his fullest efforts to build the cultural tourist city, Takasaki.