Yasuko Komoto

Dr. Yasuko Komoto (Ph.D. from Tohoku University in 2006) is a research fellow at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center of Hokkaido University, Japan. She specialised on the history of contact between Japan and Tibet in Modern Asia, and wrote several books including two biographies of Tada Tohkan (1890-1967) published in 2012 and Aoki Bunkyo (1886-1956) in 2013.

In the Project TibArmy, Dr. Yasuko Komoto is clarifying the Japanese influence on the Tibetan army, based on material mainly written in Japanese, for example Japanese Buddhist monks who visited Tibet in the early 20th century, such as Aoki Bunkyo, Teramoto Enga, Tada Tokhan. She is also focusing on Japanese military figures such as Yajima Yasujiro. She has been collecting in public and private archives a lot of valuable materials left by those Japanese travellers who visited Tibet, such as letters, photographs, dairies, and records that have not been examined by previous research.

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