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The Japan-British Society Awards 2018

At the Society’s Annual Dinner on 4th December, H.I.H. Princess Akiko of Mikasa presented inscribed silverware to Ms. Miyako Yoshida and Mr. Robert Williams, the recipients of this year’s Japan-British Society Awards, for their contributions to the furthering of Anglo-Japanese relations.

Ms. Miyako Yoshida is a world-class ballet performer, having performed at the very highest level in the UK, as a principal for 22 years, including 15 years at the Royal Ballet. In addition to pleasing audiences and being an inspiration to young dancers in the UK and Japan, Ms. Yoshida has dedicated time to teaching and nurturing the next generation of dancers, notably through the TV series ‘Super Ballet Lesson’, where she passed down the British style choreography of classical ballet pieces. She is still performing, dancing Raymonda this August in the Ballet for the Future 2018 event. In June this year, the New National Theatre Tokyo announced that she had agreed to take the position of Artistic Director for Ballet and Dance in September 2020.

Mr. Robert Williams is a senior investment advisor at the financial planning firm AP Advisers and has been based in Japan since 1999. He is the founder of Knights in White Lycra, a fund-raising organisation which since 2012 has raised over 52 million yen for charities in Japan by organizing long-distance bicycle rides and other events. He also founded “Brits at Lunch”, which organises events on the first Friday of each month for British people living in Tokyo, offering opportunities for recent arrivals to get advice from long-term residents, develop friendships and engage in business networking.