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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:

/ Jan 13, 2014

Abe should end Yasukuni visits

Ever since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Yasukuni Shrine last month, a former British ambassador to Japan has been trying to guess what Abe's motives for such an act could have been.

/ Dec 9, 2013

Brits feel squeeze on income

Although the British economy seem at least to be showing signs of recovery, it remains difficult for young people to get on the property ladder despite low interest rates.

/ Nov 11, 2013

The refugees deserving of tolerance

The belief that "charity begins at home" is used by many to justify their opposition to immigration and is reinforced by allegations that immigrants to Europe take jobs from locals.

/ Nov 7, 2013

Good, bad and ugly hacking

The trial of eight journalists and others accused of hacking private phones has begun in London. It is likely to last some six months and cost millions of pounds in fees to lawyers.

/ Oct 13, 2013

The freedom of belief and religion

Freedom of belief or religion is considered in democratic countries to be a fundamental human right and is enshrined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Freedom of religion includes the right to change religion or not to have any religion. ...

/ Sep 22, 2013

Balancing freedom, security

The U.K. is not anywhere near George Orwell's "big brother society," but we all need to be alert to maintaining a fair balance between security and of freedom.

/ Sep 6, 2013

U.K.'s response to Syrian crisis

Prime Minister David Cameron badly mishandled the issue of whether Britain should take part in a punitive attack on the Assad government for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

/ Aug 4, 2013

Japan's British investments

A Japan government memorandum could be warning Britain that if it decides to leave the EU, Japanese companies will relocate investments away from the U.K.