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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:

Oct 31, 2014

Does right-wing extremism threaten Japan's democracy?

Japan's image abroad is suffering as a result of the apparently growing influence of right-wing extremists in the government. It is in Japan's national interest to discourage revisionists from propagating historical lies that might threaten the democratic processes.

Future of Chinese democracy

Oct 21, 2014

Future of Chinese democracy

The Chinese government's insistence that candidates for election to the post of Hong Kong chief executive first be approved by Beijing makes a mockery of its undertaking to introduce universal suffrage.

The reluctant warriors against Islamic State

Oct 2, 2014

The reluctant warriors against Islamic State

The British appeared so hesitant in joining the fight against Islamic State because of, among other things, the widespread public feeling that Britain should never again become involved in a Mideast war involving differences between Muslim sects.

Aug 19, 2014

The Islamic extremist threat

The U.S. and Britain are understandably reluctant to get sucked into a Mideast war involving Sunnis against Shiites. But can we stand back and watch the Islamic State carry out genocide?

Aug 11, 2014

Threat from Putin's Russia

The threat that Russian President Vladimir Putin poses to peace in Europe underscore that NATO member countries have gone too far in running down their defense expenditures.

Jul 7, 2014

Let dinosaur aspirations die

British and Japanese politicians need to recognize that the power and influence of their countries are no longer what they used to be and that their governments must "cut their cloth."

Jun 12, 2014

Challenges of 1944 remain

Many of the challenges facing the world in June 1944 have still to be fully met. Occasions such as the recent memorial ceremonies at Normandy evoke sad memories as well as valuable self-reflection.

Jun 2, 2014

EU shock may spur reforms

The political gains made by right-wing parties in the European parliamentary election may prompt centrists to make the positive case for immigration more forcibly as well as reforms in how the EU is governed.