chapter  XVI
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T he supposed site of Adam' residence in Edo is commemo-rated to this day in Nihonbashi Muromachi; a memorial of modest proportions commemorates the spot and is a Designated Cultural Property of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, in the contemporary Japanese style. As Japan became steadily more expansionist and xenophobic in the early twentieth century, the commemoration ceased in the 1930s, to be revived in the postwar period. T o a minor but significant extent, the commemoration of Adams' life in Japan has been a matter of controversy; those who enthusiastically espouse international connections are keen to see Adams, Xavier and Perry commemorated. The dour nationalists oppose commemoration, with varying degrees of enthusiasm.