He was Ambassador from the United Kingdom to Japan (1980–84), President of the Asiatic Society of Japan (1982–1983) and Chairman of the Japan Society of London (1985–95).
Career[change | change source]
In 1947, Cortazzi joined the Foreign Office.
The British Foreign Office posted Cortazzi to:
- Singapore, 1950–1951
- Tokyo, 1951–1954
- Whitehall, 1954–1958
- Bonn (1958–1960)
- Tokyo, 1961–1965
- London, 1965–1966
- Tokyo, 1966–1970
- Royal College of Defence Studies, 1971–1972
- Washington, D.C., 1972–1975
Cortazzi was made Deputy Under-Secretary of State, in 1975. He became the British Ambassador to Japan in 1980. He spent the next four years in Tokyo.
Selected works[change | change source]
Sir Hugh has written, edited, translated or contributed to books on the diplomatic history of Japan and the United Kingdom. He also wrote about Japanese history and culture.
Honours[change | change source]
- Order of St Michael and St George, Companion (CMG), 1969.
- Order of St Michael and St George, Knight Commander (KCMG), 1980.
- Order of St Michael and St George, Knight Grand Cross (GCMG), 1984.
- University of Stirling, Honorary doctorate, 1988.
- Order of the Sacred Treasure, Grand Cordon (Japan), 1995.
References[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
- Cortazzi, Hugh at Visual International Authority File (VIAF)
- Cortazzi, Hugh. "A Japanese sense of humor?", Japan Times. 27 March 2007.
- Books by Hugh Cortazzi
- Japan Society