Kinji Imanishi and Japanese Primatology for 60 years
Matsuzawa, T. and McGrew, W.
On December 3rd, 1948, only three years after the Second World War, Kinji Imanishi (1902-1992) went to Koshima island to study the wild Japanese monkeys. Imanishi was flanked by two young students, Jun'ichiro Itani (1926-2002) and Shunzo Kawamura (1924-2003). This year, 2008, is thus the 60th anniversary of the founding of primatology in Japan. Why did they start a new discipline? What should we learn from them? The article tries to understand Japanese primatology in the historical context.
Jun'ichiro Itani (left) and Kinji Imanishi (center) in Africa on March 6th 1958