1978 XD. Discovered 1978 Dec. 1 at the Harvard College Observatory at Harvard.

Named in memory of Kaoru Akiyama (1901-1970), professor at Hosei University, Tokyo, during 1930-1940 and 1949-1970, well known for his work on minor planets. Initially in collaboration with K. Hirayama {see minor planet (1999)}, he made the first detailed study of the orbit of the 3/2 commensurability object (153) Hilda. (M 5014) Name proposed by K. Tomita.

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