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John Mathews James
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Birth: 1839, England
Death: Jan., 1908, Japan

He migrated to India and, at 14, entered the HBM Navy. He was gradually promoted to sub-lieutenant, but was decommissioned and preceded to China and lived in Shanghai. He was employed with Jardin, Matheson & Co. and then delegated to manager at their Nagasaki branch, where T. B. Glover was working at that time.

He was later employed by the Hosokawa Clan of Kumamoto. He received orders from the clan to cross to the Britain, waiting for the completion of a cruiser, and returning it to Japan as the warship's captain in January, 1871.

He signed a contract with the Japanese Dept. of the Navy, running from May 28, 1872 until September 30, 1874, but it was continuously extended until September 30, 1880. During this time he surveyed and investigated the Japanese coast, and taught on navigation. In 1882, he was appointed captain of the Lighthouse Tender Meiji-maru. He became adviser of the Yokosuka Naval Headquarter, within the Naval Department. In 1892 he was appointed agent of Glenfield & Co. for sluice valves, hydrants, etc. for the Tokyo Water Works. When the valves and other water-works equipment arrived in Tokyo, it was claimed that much of it was faulty. The Japanese superintendent suggesting 10 per cent off the original price. The problems continued for some time, and James retired as Glenfield's representative. By 1900, it was clear foreign firms could not appoint their own nationals as agents.

Simultaneously, James was employed as advisor of the Department of Communication, Mercantile Marine Bureau from 1898 until 1907. He died in the general hospital of Yokohama.
Minobusan Kuon-ji Temple Cemetery
Yamanashi, Japan
Created by: Rebecca Ewing Peterson
Record added: Nov 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80686515

Rest in peace.
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 Added: Sep. 9, 2013

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