Tanabe Sakuro (1861–1944) was a Japanese Civil Engineer. He studied under Henry Dyer at the Tokyo Imperial University. His most famous achievements are the canal from Lake Biwa to Kyoto city. The canal is partly underground and on the bank of the canal he built Japan's first Hydro-electric power station. Sakuro had lost the use of his right hand in an accident, but he learnt to use his left hand to write and graduated in Engineering in his early 20s.
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