Ministry of International Trade and Industry & Ministry of Finance
- British Export Efforts: Personal Reflections of a British Trade Official
- The British Export Marketing Centre and the Promotion of British Exports from 1972
- British Week in Tokyo, 1969
- How Some Politicians Saw Post-war Japan
- Honda Sōichirō (1906-1991) and Honda Motors in Britain
- Memories of the Anglo-Japanese Commercial Treaty: A Japanese Perspective
- British Businessmen in Japan: Some memories of the Shell Oil Company 1952-71
- Merrick Baker-Bates: From Diplomacy to Commerce and Back
- Miyazawa Kiichi (1919-2007)
- Morita Akio (1921-99), Sony and Britain
- Nissan and the British Motor Vehicle Industry (Prior to the Nissan Investment in the UK in 1984)
- Phillida Purvis: Bridging the Professions
- British Businessmen in Japan: Some Service Sectors
- British Businessmen in Japan: Developing Trade Relations
- Scotch Whisky in Japan
- Shirasu Jirō (1902-1985): A Complicated and Enigmatic Personality
- The Anglo-Japanese Commercial Treaty of 1962: A British Perspective
- Banking and Financial Services: A View from the Bank of England and Treasury
Author: Thorne, Ben
Ben Thorne was closely involved in efforts to persuade British exporters to look at opportunities in Japan, organised the 1969 British Week in Tokyo, and then formed the Tokyo Export Marketing Centre in 1973. Here he reflects on UK-Japan Commercial relations from 1968 to '79.
Author: Dimond, Paul
This portrait is of the generations of individuals who built the structure for promoting British business in Japan in the early 1970s.
Author: Thorne, Ben
The British Week held in Tokyo from 26 September 1969 was a successful example of official efforts to promote British exports to the growing Japanese market in the 1960s. This portrait details and assesses the impact of the event.
Author: Baker, Kenneth; Denis Healey; Julian Ridsdale; and Patrick Jenkin
Although few British politicians have had more than a cursory knowledge of Japan, large numbers of MPs have visited the country, and some have managed to achieve more than a passing acquaintance with it. The British Japan Parliamentary Group and the UK-Japan 2000 Group (later UK-Japan 21st Century Group) have been the driving force behind this. Here key figures from these organisations describe their dealings with Japan.
Author: Cortazzi, Hugh
This essay provides an account of Honda Sōichirō's (1906-1991) life, personality, and business relationship with Britain.
Author: Hanaoka Sosuke
A Japanese account of the Anglo-Japanese Commercial Treaty.
Author: Bates, Paul; Neville Fakes; and Michael Wingate
Royal Dutch Shell was one of the few 'British' companies (a majority of the company's expatriates were British) to train its staff in the Japanese language. Here Paul Bates, Neville Fakes and Michael Wingate recall their experiences with Shell from 1952 to '72, with a focus on the process of doing business in Japan at this time.
Author: Baker-Bates, Merrick
Merrick Baker-Bates was first a diplomatic service language student in Japan before becoming Commercial Counsellor. Having transferred to commerce for four years he subsequently returned to the diplomatic service as Consul General in LA. Here he describes his various lives in Japan, with particular reference to his time as a language student, the shift in emphasis in the 1960s to promoting British exports, and to his time as General Manager of Cornes and Company.
Author: Stockwin, Arthur
This portrait presents the long political career of staunch internationalist Miyazawa Kiichi (1919-2007), who served in the National Diet from 1953 to 2003, and was appointed Prime Minister in 1991. This essay considers his brand of politics in relation to that prevailing in British politics at the time.
Author: Cortazzi, Hugh
Morita Akio (1921-99) was one of the main driving forces behind the Sony Corporation. This essay details his career, personality, and business philosophy, as well as his relationship with Britain.
Author: Madeley, Christopher
Nissan has a long history of formal and informal relations with Britain, and this essay provides a history of these relations as well as their nature and establishment.
Author: Purvis, Phillida
Phillida Purvis lived in Japan during the 1980s and experienced a number of different 'incarnations', as a student, diplomat, teacher of international relations, wife and mother. Here she picks out themes from her life as an expatriate in Japan.
Author: Large, Dick; Graham McCallum; Martyn Naylor; Ann Wilkinson; and David Wilkinson
One of the key service sectors for Britain in Japan was the airline industry, and until the late 1980s the main British company involved was British Airways. Here David Wilkinson, BA's manager in Japan from 1978 to '87 gives an account of his experience there, along with his wife, Ann Wilkinson's reflections. Following this, Martin Naylor recalls the important role played by the Japan British Society in the 1960s and '70s. During a forty-year career in Japan, Dick Large worked for John Swire & Sons (during which time he precided over Swire Japan's international shipping operations), Cathay Pacific and BA. Here he reflects on this period.
Author: Fraser, Duncan, and Lew Radbourne
Having first gone to Japan with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force, Lew Radbourne returned in 1949 as a junior expatriate with Dodwell and Company. Duncan Fraser first worked in Japan with Jardin Matheson and Company Limited and ended his service there as Direct of Royals Royce (Far East). Here both recall the early years of working and trading in Japan
Author: Jack, Stuart
This essay charts the way in which discriminatory taxes on Scotch Whisky were tackled and overcome during the 1980s.
Author: Tokumoto Eiichiro
This portrait charts the life and influence of the complicated and enigmatic Shirasu Jirō (1902-1985), described here as 'a symbol of his time' having lived through some of the best and worst episodes of Anglo-Japanese relations. During his life, he was a student at Cambridge, journalist, businessman, farmer and a crucial link between the Japanese government and the office of the Supreme Commander Allied Powers.
Author: Gray, Robin
This essay recalls the circumstances in which the the Anglo-Japanese Commercial Treaty of 1962 was made and its implications for trade between the two countries.
Author: Elston, Chris, and Geoffrey Littler
Before the 1970s there seemed to be little scope for British financial services in the closed Japanese market. Japanese membership of the OECD, however, forced gradual changes, along with internal pressure from Japanese companies wanting access to foreign loans. Here Chris Elston, who joined the British Embassy as Financial Counsellor in 1979 recalls his time as Bank of England representative in Japan, and reflects on both the state of Japan's banking system and general accounting practices in the years leading up to the crisis. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Little of HM Treasury gives an account of negotiations to ensure that Britain kept pace with American financial institutions in Japan.