Lecture by Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan


In this 2015 annual update for the Society by the British Ambassador to Japan, Tim Hitchens will share his insights on the political, diplomatic and commercial situation in Japan. This year’s talk comes close on the heels of both the first ‘two-plus-two’ Foreign and Defence ministerial talks between the Japanese and British governments and The Duke of Cambridge’s visit to Japan. Mr Hitchens has held this post now for over two years and the event will be chaired by his predecessor, Sir David Warren.

The Society’s annual lecture by the current British Ambassador is always relevant, thought-provoking and useful to people from across its membership, as well as being extremely well attended. The Ambassador will speak for 30-40 minutes, after which there will be time for off-the-record discussion and questions.

There will be a reception immediately after the lecture. The Japan Society is extremely grateful to leading Corporate Member, Nomura International plc, for hosting this event.

Tim Hitchens read English at Cambridge. He joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1983 and held posts in Tokyo (1985-1989), Islamabad and Paris, as well as serving as Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen. He was Director for Europe in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2008 to 2010 and then Director for Africa from 2010 to 2012, before taking up his present role in December 2012.

Date: Wednesday 4 March 2015, 6.00 for 6.30pm (reception afterwards until 8.30pm)
Venue: Nomura International plc, One Angel Lane, London EC4R 3AB

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