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Mises’s Student From Japan, Toshio Murata, Turns 90

October 24, 2013 in Economics

By Mises Updates


Toshio Murata, Ludwig von Mises’s only student form Japan, turned 90 this month. Here he is in Misesian attire with Marc Abela, organizer of the “Mises Meetings” in Japan.

Murata translated Human Action and other works of Mises into Japanese, and is believed to be responsible for the introduction of Austrian Economics to the country.
Jörg Guido Hülsmann mentions Murata in his biography of Mises, The Last Knight of Liberalism:

Mises knew them all, and Human Action had given a great boost to his authority. The Volker Fund had been funding him since 1945. But after the publication of his treatise, the Fund began supporting lectures and extended seminars for Mises, and it even started funding his students. Thus from 1955 to 1969, the Volker Fund sponsored a one-year fellowship in political economy at NYU’s Graduate School of Business Administration. Mises nominated the recipient….

…The first recipient was Hans Sennholz (1955–56). Israel Kirzner was the laureate in 1956–57 and Toshio Murata in 1959–1960 (upon his return to Japan, he began to spread Mises’s theories and also translated The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science and Human Action into Japanese).

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