Foreign Office Language Students
- Sydney Giffard: 'Early Days in the Kansai'
- Eddie Ripley: Cypher Officer, Language Student, Vice-Consul
- Introduction: From the Alliance to Estrangement, 1900-41
- Introduction: Scholar Diplomats and Consuls
- Alan Pinnell: Language Student, Commercial Officer, Information Officer
- Merrick Baker-Bates: From Diplomacy to Commerce and Back
- Part 3: List of Japanese Language Officers who served in Tokyo between 1946 and 1972 and attained senior rank
- The Reactions of Two Young Language Students in the 1950s
- The Beginning of a Long Association: John Whitehead Remembers
Author: Giffard, Sydney
Having completed his time as a language student, future Ambassador Sydney Giffard was sent to the Kansai to gain experience as a Vice-Consul. Here he describes life in Kansai in the 1950s, putting it in the context of progressive centralization in Tokyo.
Author: Ripley, Eddie
Eddie Ripley gives an account of his efforts to study Japanese and of his early experiences as a vice-consul in Yokohama in the late 1950s and '60s.
Author: Nish, Ian
Ian Nish's Introduction to Part II of British Envoys to Japan: From the Alliance to Estrangement. .
Author: Hoare, James Edward
J. E. Hoare's Introduction to Part IV: Scholar Diplomats and Consuls.
Author: Pinnell, Alan
Alan Pinnell's diplomatic career in Japan spanned some twenty years, from the late 1960s to the late '80s. Here he picks out some of the most memorable moments from his time in Japan, starting with his time as a language student and culminating with the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1986, via his time in the commercial department.
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: Cortazzi, Hugh
Author: Ellingworth, Dick, and Brian Hitch
The pre-war Japan Consular Service sent selected new entrants each year to study Japanese, creating a corps of Japanese-speaking consuls. The Foreign Office realised that Japanese-speaking officers would be needed after the war in the embassy, and in consular posts in Japan, and so revived the practice in 1951. In this chapter Dick Ellingworth and Brian Hitch describe the system.
Author: Whitehead, John
In the 1950s the Foreign Office maintained the tradition of sending language students to Japan. Here future Ambassador Tim Whitehead recalls his time, from 1956, as one such student, including his extensive travelling around the country.