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October 2018


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of two former Executive Secretaries of the Society:

Kazuo Tamayama (served from 1981 until 1995)
passed away in June this year at the age of 99.

Katsuaki Wada (served from 2004 until 2015)
passed away in September this year at the age of 74.

August 2018

The Japan-British Society Awards

The Society set up an annual awards scheme in 2008 to recognize significant work in the field of Japanese-British relations by individuals and organisations that have not otherwise been acknowledged. The announcement and presentation of the awards will be made at the Annual Dinner.
Please refer to the prospectus distributed with August notice. Nominations will be accepted until 28th September, 2018.

JBS Awards
JBS Awards Prospectus / Nomination Form

February 2018

British decoration for Mr Yoshiji Nogami

We are pleased to announce that JBS Vice President Mr Yoshiji Nogami, the previous Chairman of the Society and a former Japanese Ambassador to the UK, has been awarded a CBE.

December 2017


At the Society’s Annual Dinner on 6th December, H.I.H. Princess Akiko of Mikasa presented inscribed silverware to Mr. David Atkinson and Mr. Keisaku (Sandy) Sano, the recipients of this year’s Japan-British Society Awards, for their contributions to the furthering of Anglo-Japanese relations.
Mr. David Atkinson Prior to joining Konishi Decorative Arts and Crafts Co., Ltd., Mr. Atkinson worked as a financial services consultant for Andersen Consulting (London and New York) for three years, followed by two years at Salomon Brothers Tokyo as a bank analyst. He joined Goldman Sachs as a bank analyst in 1992, and was made a partner in 2006. He was born in the UK and holds an MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Oxford.
Book publications (Japanese): Japan’s Bad Debt Problems (October 1994), Protecting Japan’s National Treasures (October 2014), New Tourist Strategy (June 2015), which won the Yamamoto Shichihei Prize (September 2015), and Strengths and Weaknesses of the Japanese Economy (June 2015). He has served on a number of government committees, including Olympic Events, Japan Heritage, Kimono Industry, Savor Japan, English Guidance for Heritage, and the Project to Fully Enjoy National Parks.

Mr. Keisaku (Sandy) Sano was a director of the Japan Society in the UK and is Chairman of Japan Association of the UK, which is an important source of support for the Japanese community in the UK. He has been instrumental in organizing the Japan Matsuri in London, which takes place annually and has attracted tens of thousands of Londoners, who have, through its activities, been exposed to a little slice of Japanese life in London, and which has generally helped to raise the profile of Japan for the ordinary people of London and the UK. In 2012, he was head of the Japanese Community Supporters Group for the Japanese Olympic and Paralympic teams competing in the London Olympics that year.
He was presented with the Japan Society Award in 2012, and in 2015 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays in recognition of his many years of service to the Japanese community and his outstanding contribution to mutual understanding between Japan and the UK.
Although Mr. Sano is normally resident in the UK, he is a frequent visitor to Japan and spends much time here. He would not normally qualify for a JBS award, as it is usually meant for Japanese and UK nationals who are resident in Japan, but given his considerable contribution to Japan-UK relations, the Awards Committee believed that there was a strong case to be made for an exception in his case.

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