Japan–United Kingdom relations

Japanese - British relations


United Kingdom
Ambassador Keiichi Hayashi Ambassador Tim Hitchens
Embassy of the United Kingdom in Japan

Japan–United Kingdom relations (日英関係 Nichieikankei) is a bilateral and diplomatic relation between Japan and the United Kingdom.


The history of the relationship between Japan and Britain began in 1600 with the arrival of William Adams (Adams the Pilot, Miura Anjin) on the shores of Kyushu at Usuki in Ōita Prefecture. During the Sakoku period (1641–1853), there were no relations between the two countries, but the treaty of 1854 saw the resumption of ties which, despite a hiatus during the Second World War, remain very strong up until the present day. On 3 May 2011, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that Japan is "one of our closest partners in Asia".

British people had often held the view that Japan was like "the Britain of the East", due to certain cultural similarities such as the constitutional monarchy, being an island nation, driving on the left, sense of humour and a perceived emphasis on being polite whilst coming across to others as reserved.

Chronology of Japanese - British relations

William Adams (1564–1620)
The 1613 letter of King James I remitted to Tokugawa Ieyasu (Preserved in the Tokyo University archives)
Guide to the Japan–British Exhibition of 1910.
Second Japan-UK Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting on 8 January 2016 in Tokyo.

See also the chronology on the website of British Embassy, Tokyo.[19]

Britons in Japan

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries.

The chronological list of Heads of the United Kingdom Mission in Japan.

Japanese in the United Kingdom

(see article Japanese in the United Kingdom).

The family name is given in italics. Usually the family name comes first, but in modern times not so for the likes of Kazuo Ishiguro and Katsuhiko Oku, both well known in the United Kingdom.

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries.


In Japan:

In the UK:

List of Japanese diplomatic envoys in the United Kingdom (partial list)

Ministers Plenipotentiaries


See also


  1. Stephen Turnbull, "Fighting ships of the Far East (2), p 12, Osprey Publishing
  2. Notice at the Tower of London
  3. The Red Seal permit was re-discovered in 1985 by Professor Hayashi Nozomu, in the Bodleian Library. Massarella, Derek; Tytler Izumi K. (1990) "The Japonian Charters" Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp 189–205.
  4. Thierry Mormanne : "La prise de possession de l'île d'Urup par la flotte anglo-française en 1855", Revue Cipango, "Cahiers d'études japonaises", No 11 hiver 2004 pp. 209-236.
  5. Information about 1885–87 Japanese exhibition at Knightsbridge
  6. Gowen, Robert (1971). "Great Britain and the Twenty-One Demands of 1915: Cooperation versus Effacement". The Journal of Modern History. University of Chicago. 43 (1): 76–106. ISSN 0022-2801.
  7. Gordon Lauren, Paul (1978). "Human Rights in History: Diplomacy and Racial Equality at the Paris Peace Conference". Diplomatic History. 2 (3): 257–278. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7709.1978.tb00435.x.
  8. H. P. Willmott (2009). The Last Century of Sea Power: From Port Arthur to Chanak, 1894-1922. Indiana U.P. p. 496.
  9. 1 2 "Ceremonies: State visits". Official web site of the British Monarchy. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
  10. "OUTWARD STATE VISITS MADE BY THE QUEEN SINCE 1952". Official web site of the British Monarchy. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  11. http://linguanews.com/php_en_news_read.php?section=s2&idx=2321
  12. Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
  13. "UK: Akihito closes state visit". BBC News. 1998-05-29. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  14. http://www.ukjapan2008.jp/
  15. "Emperor's thoughts ahead of visit to the United Kingdom". The Mainichi. 2012-05-12.
  16. "(Nearly) meeting the Emperor". Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. 2012-05-18.
  17. "HRH The Duke of Cambridge to visit Japan and China - Focus on cultural exchange and creative partnerships". http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/. Retrieved 2 March 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  18. Parker, George (4 September 2016). "Japan calls for 'soft' Brexit — or companies could leave UK". Financial Times. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  19. http://www.uknow.or.jp/be_e/uk_japan/relations/

Further reading

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 10/25/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.