Learning Japanese

Official secrecy and institutional rivalry obscured the achievements of two crash programmes hastily launched to teach Japanese during the Second World War. 

The ‘Course Boys’ outside Ivyholme at Dulwich College. Sandy Wilson  is fourth from left in the front row; Peter Parker  is sixth from left.
Japanese language teaching staff and students, including several ‘Dulwich Boys’, on the steps at SOAS, 1943. Image via Nick Higham.

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