Britain appoints new ambassador

Kyodo

Timothy Hitchens has been appointed Britain’s ambassador to Japan and will assume the post in December, the Foreign Office said Friday.

Hitchens, who will succeed David Warren, joined the Foreign Office in 1983 and his first overseas posting was to Japan in 1984. He has since worked on Asian, European and African issues, and has been posted to Pakistan, Afghanistan and France.

“I want to broaden the U.K.-Japan partnership in areas such as higher education, science and the environment,” Hitchens, 49, said.