I just noticed that The Ludwig von Mises Institute has noted the 90th birthday of Toshio Murata, who was a student of Mises from 1959–1960. After he returned to Japan, he began to spread Mises’s theories and also translated into Japanese Mises’ books “The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science” and “Human Action”, among others.
I take the liberty of posting the LVMI comment below (with thanks to LvMI’s use of Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0.)[emphasis added]:
Mises’s Student From Japan, Toshio Murata, Turns 90
By Mises Updates
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
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.
[ed: TLC member Marc Abela with Toshio Murata.]
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).