1996 HZ1 . Discovered 1996 Apr. 24 by H. Abe at Yatsuka.

Named in memory of Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904). Born of an Irish father and Greek mother on the Ionian isle of Lefkiis, he worked 20 years as a newspaper reporter in the United States before moving to Japan in 1890, changing his name to Yakumo Koizumi and becoming a naturalized Japanese citizen. He was commissioned by the Japanese Ministry of Education to teach in a Shimane prefectural junior high school in Matsue {see planet (8113)}, and from insights and impressions gleaned during his stay there he wrote his first and perhaps most famous major work on Japan, "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan". (M 31299)

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