Akira Hirano gained his BSc in Chemical Engineering from Kanazawa University, Japan, before going on to complete his Master of Research at University College, University of London in 2001. His research concerned management of bibliographic records in retrieval systems at Japanese studies libraries in the UK. He also has completed a Library Qualification Course at Kyushu Sangyo University, Japan. He was previously Japanese Art History Materials Cataloguing Assistant at the Library of SOAS and currently the Honorary Librarian at the British Museum.
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