A former British ambassador to Japan offers his personal views on the bilateral relationship.
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:
U.S. President Donald Trump's disastrous mishandling of the Charlottesville white supremacist rally raises questions yet again about his political beliefs and values.
What's happening now in the U.S. and U.K. shows how poor leadership can be devastating to a country's international standing.
Britain faces a bumpy ride in the wake of Prime Minister Theresa May's failed election gambit.
It's in the interest of both the EU and U.K. that terms acceptable to both parties should be agreed smoothly and quickly.
The Grenfell Tower tragedy has not yet been played out and the political fallout should not be discounted.
The British prime minister will have her hands full trying to hold onto her job following the Conservative Party's disastrous performance in Thursday's election.
Responses to terrorism must not undermine the rule of law and democratic principles of tolerance that lie at the heart of Western traditions.
Benjamin Franklin's declaration "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance" matters now more than ever in the age of Donald Trump.
Despite the horrific legacies of the 20th century's ruthless and criminal despots, the cult of personality shows no signs of decline.