Laksman, Adam

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Laksman, Adam


Born 1766; died after 1796. Head of the first Russian mission to Japan.

The purpose of Laksman’s mission (1792–93) was to establish trade relations between Russia and Japan, whose government had pursued a policy since the 17th century of isolating the country from the outside world. Laksman received permission from the Japanese authorities to visit the port of Nagasaki with one Russian vessel in order to conduct trade negotiations with the local officials. During its stay in Japan, Laksman’s mission familiarized itself with the occupations and customs of the population on the island of Hokkaido and collected artifacts and other materials.


Fainberg, E. Ia. Russko-iaponskie otnosheniia v 1697–1875 gg. Moscow, 1960.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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