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In Memoriam

Sir Hugh Cortazzi GCMG

2 May 1924 - 14 August 2018

Sir Hugh Cortazzi GCMG was a former British Ambassador to Japan, a Historian in Anglo-Japanese Relations and was a delight to be with, funny and very sharp at 94 and he may be known to people here.

I took the photo for the book written with Suzanne Perrin, Bridges, and the quote is from an interview we did.

“I’m neither what you might call pro-Japanese, nor anti-Japanese. That doesn’t mean to say that I don’t attach importance to Japan, of course I do. I attach a great deal of importance to people understanding what makes Japan what it is today. But I think we mustn’t approach this in a racial, or a nationalistic, or a prejudiced way. I’d like us to approach Japan, and to see Japan as a key factor in the world, which it is, to appreciate its good points and to see where there are problems. But don’t let us ever do so in a way which is not at least self-critical.”

Here is a short clip recorded at the time of the interview




“Bridges” - Anglo-Japanese Cultural Pioneers

Authors - Suzanne Perrin and Jeremy Hoare

"Bridges" Anglo-Japanese Cultural Pioneers 1945-2015 covers interviews and portraits with ten prominent people in the field of Anglo-Japanese exchange, showing the rich cultural diversity and interaction between professional people in the UK, Europe and Japan during the last 70 years since 1945.  

Coming from diverse backgrounds, diplomats, scholars, musicians, business people, journalists, gardeners, and humanitarian activists, all of whom have made an impact in the field of international understanding, and contributed to the social history of of our era.

Paperback: 194 pages – Size: 15.7 x 23.5 cm (6 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches)

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A short video with all ten contributors in their own words