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Kishichiro Okura

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Baron Kishichiro Okura (1882–1963) studied at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1903 to 1906 but he did not graduate.

He was a son of Okura Kihachiro (1837-1928) who as an entrepreneur built up the Okura-gumi and founded the giant Okura zaibatsu (family trust) and the Okura Shogyo Gakko which later became Tokyo Keizai University (Tokyo University of Economics) in 1949.

Okura competed in the first ever car race held at Brooklands in Surrey on July 6, 1907 and came second.

He is one of the pioneers who introduced the motor car to Japan. He was the President of the Imperial Hotel, and the Okura luxury hotel chain is still an important one in Japan today.

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