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Hugh Cortazzi

Hugh Cortazzi was posted to British Commonwealth Air Forces in Japan in 1946, and he joined the British Foreign (later diplomatic) service in 1949. After retiring, he worked in the city of London and was an adviser to a number of Japanese companies. He was chairman of the council of the Japan Society from 1985-1995. Since 1983 he has researched and written a number of books about Japanese culture and history and has edited and compiled a series of books on personalities active in Anglo-Japanese relations.

For Hugh Cortazzi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Speaking truth to power

Jan 11, 2017

Speaking truth to power

The resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers, the British ambassador to the European Union in Brussels, has raised serious issues not only about Britain’s strategy for Brexit but also about relations between officials and politicians and their political advisers. Rogers was an experienced negotiator and ...

Dec 23, 2016

Japan's image and culture

Japans' language, culture and democratic image are assets of vital importance. They should be carefully nurtured.

Defining national interest

Dec 15, 2016

Defining national interest

The election of Donald Trump should be worrying for anyone who advocates cooperation over confrontation and adherence to international law and international agreements.

Nov 7, 2016

Keeping Japan in the U.K.

As Britain gears up for Brexit, the government is trying hard to keep Japanese companies from jumping ship.

Ignorance and prejudice rising

Oct 5, 2016

Ignorance and prejudice rising

If the world is to continue to benefit from trade liberalization and expansion, more needs to be done to provide transitional relief to workers disadvantaged by globalization.