Lecture by Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan


In this year’s annual update to the Society by the British Ambassador to Japan, Tim Hitchens will share his views on the political, diplomatic and commercial situation in Japan from his unique perspective as the UK’s representative in Tokyo. Mr Hitchens has been in post for just over a year and this talk will be chaired by his predecessor, Sir David Warren.

The Society’s annual lecture by the current British Ambassador invariably provides a very a useful backdrop to the years ahead – they are always both relevant and useful, as well as being extremely popular. The Ambassador will speak for about 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, and the Japan Society is most grateful to Nomura International plc for kindly hosting this event.

Tim Hitchens CMG, LVO read English at Cambridge. He joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1983 and has since held posts in Tokyo (1985-1989), Islamabad and Paris, as well as increasingly senior roles in London. He was Director for European Political Affairs (2008-2010) and Director for Africa (2010-2012). He and his family moved to Tokyo in December 2012 and he speaks fluent Japanese.

Date: Monday 3 March 2014, 5.30 for 6.00pm
Venue: Nomura International plc, One Angel Lane, London EC4R 3AB

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