Our Trustees

Bill Emmott (Chairman)
Bill Emmott is an independent writer, lecturer and consultant on international affairs. He is a Fellow of Tokyo College, University of Tokyo’s new interdisciplinary research institute, and was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford in 2017-18. He also chairs the board of Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub for the Arts & Humanities, and is chairman of The Wake Up Foundation, a charity dedicated to education and communication about the decline of western societies using film, which he co-founded in 2013 with an Italian film-maker, Annalisa Piras, with whom he had made a documentary about Italy, Girlfriend in a Coma (2013).

He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist (1993-2006) and has written eight books on Japan, the first of which was The Sun Also Sets: Why Japan Will Not Be Number One (1989). He has just completed a book on the future role of women in Japan’s economy, politics and society, which will be published in Japanese by Nikkei in June 2019.

In 2016 the Japanese government awarded him the “Order of the Rising Sun: Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” for services to UK-Japan relations.

Bill Emmott was chairman of the trustees of the London Library from 2009-15; was group economic adviser for Stonehage Fleming in 2011-15; and served on All Nippon Airways’ UK Advisory Panel until 2016 and Swiss Re’s panel of advisers from 2006-19. He is currently chairman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies; a member of the advisory board of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford; a member of the Global Advisory Board of the University of Tokyo; and a member of the senior advisory panel of Critical Resource, a consultancy.

Born in 1956, Bill is married to Carol. They live in Oxford and Dublin with their three dogs. Bill has been a member of the Japan Society since 2005 and an individual benefactor since 2013, as well as having frequently addressed society events as a speaker since the early 1990s.

Tim Harding
Tim Harding is the Japan and Korea Market Specialist at the Department for International Trade, providing support to Japanese Investors throughout the UK, helping them to access government services and assisting further investment. He holds responsibility for stakeholder engagement with Japanese business and cultural organisations as well as coordinating Japan-focused government events.

Tim graduated from the University of West England in 2008 with a degree in History, and from 2008-2010 he lived in Ehime-ken in Japan working as an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET Programme. During this period, he provided English tuition in 5 primary schools and 3 Junior High Schools, as well as establishing and running a private adult English language class.

Upon his return to the UK Tim spent several years working in Import/Export Operations for Itochu Corporation and Export Sales for Hanjin Shipping, followed by four years working in the Economic Section of the Embassy of Japan in the UK. During this time Tim provided support to Japanese government and business across a diverse range of policy areas including Trade, Commerce, Agriculture and Climate Change issues. He was also deeply involved in the Embassy’s business engagement and networking activities.

Tim has been an ardent supporter of the Anglo-Japanese community in the UK, volunteering annually at the Japan Matsuri since 2011 and fundraising for the charity Aid for Japan, as well as attending and supporting a range of Japanese networking events.

Martin Hatfull (Deputy Chairman)
Martin is a public affairs professional with in-depth experience of Asia from both the public and private sectors. He spent most of his earlier career as a UK diplomat, serving twice in Japan, first in the 1980s and latterly as Minister (Deputy Head of Mission) from 2003-2008. He was subsequently Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste and the first UK Ambassador accredited to ASEAN (2008-11).

Martin left the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2013 and joined Diageo plc, the FTSE top-ten global drinks company. As International Public Affairs Director, he was responsible for public policy issues globally and for advice to the Chairman and CEO on political risk, including in respect of the company’s major businesses across Asia.

Since 2017 Martin has run his own political risk advisory practice. He is a Senior Adviser to Kreab Worldwide, the international communications and public affairs company, which has a significant business in Japan. Martin is Acting Chair of the Anglo-Indonesian Society, a Vice-Chair of the UK-ASEAN Business Council, a Trustee of the City and Guilds of London Art School and a member of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group. He speaks good Japanese, Italian and French and conversational Finnish and Bahasa Indonesia. He is married with two grown-up sons and enjoys walking and the visual arts.

Sue Hudson
Sue Hudson has spent all her adult life, both in her professional and private capacity, working for greater understanding and closer relations between Britain and Japan.

She moved to Japan after graduating from Sheffield University in History and taught English for almost four years in Mishima High School, Shizuoka Ken, on a Japanese Government programme. This was followed by a year in Miki Travel, London, a period working as a freelance Anglo-Japanese media coordinator before joining the London office of the Japanese media company, Fujisankei, where she currently works as Director for Projects and Business Development.

Over the years at Fujisankei, Sue has worked on many hugely diverse projects; ranging from children’s programming, such as Thomas the Tank Engine, to Formula One, to working with a leading Japanese cookery writer on creating Japanese cookery books in English, to the Praemium Imperiale Arts Awards, to promoting and filming Japanese musical talent in the UK – to mention but a few.

Sue has also been actively involved with the Anglo-Japanese community in a private capacity.  On her return from teaching in Japan, she joined the Miura Anjinkai – a society created for the young people returning from Japan having been on the same Government programme and became its chairman.  An interest in ‘grass-roots’ events led her, with other members of Anjinkai and the local Japanese community, to instigate the Natsu Matsuri that ran for a number of years from 1985 in London’s Battersea Park.  As chairman of Anjinkai, she also sat on the Japan Society council and worked with the Society to try to attract more young members.

More recently, Sue was involved, as a member of the Executive committee for Japan400 – established to mark and celebrate the arrival of the first British ship to Japan in 1613 and worked on the overall production of the major events during the year.

She is passionate about exploring ideas for projects that bring the two countries closer  – whether it be through food, music, art, business or sport and greatly enjoys the challenge of finding stimulating ways of bringing people together.

Janet Hunter
Janet Hunter took her BSc at the University of Sheffield and her DPhil. at Oxford University. She has taught at the London School of Economics since 1984, and has since 2003 been Saji Professor of Economic History.

She has published widely on the development of the female labour market in Japan, the history of Anglo-Japanese economic relations and the development of communications. Her books include History of Anglo-Japanese Relations, 1600-2000, vol.4, Economic and Business Relations (jointly edited with S. Sugiyama, Palgrave, 2002); Women and the Labour Market in Industrialising Japan: the Textile Industry before the Pacific War (Routledge, 2003); The Historical Consumer: Consumption and Everyday Life in Japan since 1850 (jointly edited with Penelope Francks, Palgrave, 2012).

She is currently working on attitudes to commercial morality in late 19th to early 20th century Japan, and a monograph on the economic impact of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Her paper ‘“Extreme Confusion and Disorder”? The Japanese Economy in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923’ appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies in 2014. She has served as President of the British Association for Japanese Studies, and has just taken up the post of co-editor of the Journal of Japanese Studies.

She is an academic member of the Council (governing body) of LSE, and a trustee of the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. She received the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Government in 2014.

Tadaharu Iizuka
Tadaharu Iizuka has been living in the UK since 1981. He made the decision to come to the UK after working for seven years as a sales representative with a foreign-owned pharmaceutical company.

Tadaharu was born in Niigata Prefecture and raised there until the age of 15. He attended high school in Kanagawa Prefecture and studied politics at Hosei University in Tokyo. After arriving in the UK in 1982, Tadaharu joined the Tazaki Group, working for 16 years across various business sectors, including the import of Japanese food, residential property and recruitment, and being appointed in turn as manager, general manager, and director. uring his last three years with the Group he served as its Deputy Managing Director.

In 1998, Tadaharu took up the position of Managing Director for Centre People Appointments Ltd in London and has worked with the company to the present day. Centre People Appointments Ltd was a subsidiary company of Japan Centre until September 2017, before recently being taken over by Quick Co. in Japan.

Outside his work, Tadaharu is a committee member of the Japan Association in the UK and the Chairperson of Niigata Kenjin Kai.

He belongs to a Japanese Working Group which aims to establish a Japanese care home for Japanese elderly residents in the UK, as well as serving on the Sakura Cherry Tree Project committee.

Tadaharu enjoys playing golf and reading.

Jason James
Jason James has been Director General of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation since 2011. Having been fascinated by Japan on a choir tour at the age of 13, he read Japanese Studies at King’s College, Cambridge, graduating First Class with Distinction.

Subsequently he worked for many years in the financial industry, mostly specialising in Japanese equities, becoming Head of Research in the Tokyo office of HSBC Securities, and eventually Head of Global Equity Strategy at HSBC’s London headquarters. From 2007-2011 Jason was Director of the British Council in Japan, during which time he also served as Cultural Counsellor at the British Embassy, Chair of the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) Japan cluster, a Board Member of the Japan-British Society (and Chair of its Awards Committee), and a Board Member of United World Colleges Japan.

He is currently a member of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, a Councillor of the Ueno Gakuen Educational Foundation, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the White Rose East Asia Centre. Having lived in Japan for 15 years, and with a Japanese wife, Jason’s interest in the country is broad, covering the economy, financial markets and tax, as well as Japanese literature and arts, and the relationship between the UK and Japan. Publications range from The Political Economy of Japanese Financial Markets (co-author, Macmillan 1999), to Edmund Blunden and Japan (Asiatic Society, 2010).

Yuko Kawai

Yuuichiro Nakajima
Yuuichiro Nakajima first came to the UK as a four-year old boy when his father was posted by his Japanese company’s London office. Over the next four years Yuuichiro lived in London and the experience led him to return to the UK as a graduate student and then to work in the City; to date his working life has been spent equally between London and Tokyo.

Having studied economics at Keio University, Yuuichiro started his career with the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund in Tokyo. In 1985, he enrolled in the MBA course at the London Business School as a British Council scholar and in 1987 joined S.G.Warburg’s corporate finance department in London. After 16 years of working for City firms, in 2003 Yuuichiro established his own advisory boutique Crimson Phoenix in Tokyo to advise corporate clients on cross-border M&A (mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships, etc.) transactions involving Japanese companies. Crimson Phoenix opened its London office in 2012 where Yuuichiro is now based.

Yuuichiro was an active member of the Japan-British Society (Tokyo) in his early 20s. He joined The Japan Society in 1985 and was soon thereafter elected to its Council, later serving on the Centenary Review Committee, which sought to modernise the Society’s constitution, and the Awards Committee. While in Japan in the 2000s he was a member, and a Director, of the Japan-British Society, chairing its Centenary Awards Committee.

Yuuichiro is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (serving on its Executive Committee until 2012) and of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the U.K. He is a non-executive director of J.P.Morgan Japan Smaller Companies Trust plc, is on the Advisory Board of the Japan Football Association and a member of the Finance Committee of the Asian Football Confederation based in Kuala Lumpur.

He shares his interest in choral singing with his wife Wendela.

Takashi Okada (Vice Chairman)

Neil Riley
Neil Riley is a banking and finance professional who specialises in dealing with the Japanese market. He has spent most of the past 25 years either living in Japan, or working in Japan-related roles.

Neil is Director, Head of Japan Desk at Barclays Bank Plc London, where he builds and maintains relationships with Japan-parented Corporates and Financial Institutions. He has also spent time in previous roles at the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi Ltd (London), Deutsche Bank AG (London and Tokyo), and HSBC (Tokyo and Moscow).

In the mid-2000s Neil established and ran a business in Japan: a winter sports themed travel agency and property fund aimed at international ‘inbound’ visitors. Through this role he spent three years living in Echigo Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, and was appointed as ‘Tourism Spokesperson for Niigata Prefecture’ (Niigata-ken Kankou Karisuma) by the local government. As a means of enhancing PR for the Niigata region, Neil once achieved the Guinness World Record for “Most Different Ski Lifts Ridden in 24 Hours” (42).

Neil read Politics and East Asian Studies (Japanese Language) at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. This course took him to Japan for the first time in 1994, taking one year of exchange study at Fukuoka University, Kyushu. He took his MBA at the University of Nottingham, specialising in Corporate Finance and Business Ethics and graduating with Distinction in 2012.

Neil is married with two daughters, who have joint British-Japanese citizenship.

Julie Rogers
Julie Rogers was born in Tokyo to Japanese and English parents and moved to the UK aged seven. She later graduated from Sheffield University in Japanese Studies and Politics.

Julie has spent most of her working career at Mitsubishi Corporation, where she is currently on the board of directors of the London operation and General Manager of the Communications and Sustainability Department. She is also Chair of the company’s UK-based corporate foundation, the Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa and Deputy Chair of Bee London, the Business Improvement District (BID) for the Holborn, Bloomsbury, St Giles, Farringdon & Clerkenwell areas.

In her current role she is in charge of communications, which covers both internal, staff focused communications for Mitsubishi Corporation in the European region as well as external stakeholder relationships including with cultural and academic institutions. She is also responsible for social and environmental considerations for business, reporting and advising on key sustainability priorities and best practises. She worked in Mitsubishi Corporation’s Tokyo head office in the mid-2000s.

Having lived with two cultures all her life, she has a strong interest in the importance of language, culture and context when building relationships and mutual understanding.

Pernille Rudlin
Pernille Rudlin was partly brought up in Japan and spent one year as a student at Hiroshima University. After graduating in Modern History & Economics from Oxford University, she was one of the first graduate trainees at the American PR firm Burson Marsteller.

She then worked for Mitsubishi Corporation for 9 years in sales in London and Tokyo, and also in HR and corporate planning. After taking an MBA at INSEAD, she worked for a British IT company, running a team of artificial intelligence programmers and was also Director of External Relations for the global marketing unit at Fujitsu.

She has been running her own business for the past 15 years, primarily representing the American firm Japan Intercultural Consulting, which provides training and consulting to hundreds of Japanese firms and their partners across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Her interest in bridging cultures through communication, business and education has led to her becoming a trustee of New Routes Integration, which helps refugees and asylum seekers integrate into British society and an Associate of the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia.

She is a columnist for various Japanese publications and the author of several books and articles on cross cultural communications and business.

Yoji Saito
Yoji Saito has spent much of his life abroad. Three years in New York from the age of six, were followed by time in Bangkok, Singapore, Dusseldorf and London as well as Japan. Having lived in London for over three years, he is particularly fond of this city.

He arrived in London in 2012 to take up the post of Product Marketing Director, Living Environment Systems at Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. and in 2015 was appointed President & CEO of the company and regional CEO for EMEA.

After graduating in English from Sophia University, Tokyo, he joined Mitsubishi Electric Corporation in 1983. After working in the Planning & Administration Division, Living Environment Systems at the Tokyo Head Office and in the Global Marketing Department at the Shizuoka Works, he was transferred to Mitsubishi Electric Consumer Products, Thailand in 2003 as Manager in the Marketing Division.

His time in Bangkok was followed by a posting in Singapore, before a return to Head Office in 2006. In 2010, he was appointed General Manager, Planning & Administration Division, Living Environment Systems, where he remained until his posting to London.

As well as loving county music, Yoji Saito is interested in all sport, but tennis and golf in particular. His biggest regret is not having enough time to play. His wife, Noriko, is based in Tokyo, but enjoys spending time on extended stays in London. They have three grown up daughters, all living and working in Japan.

Eiji Wakiwaka
Born and raised in Japan, Eiji Wakiwaka earned an undergraduate degree in commerce from Waseda University, Japan and an MBA from Harvard University.

He joined Mitsui & Co. Ltd in the Accounting Department of their Tokyo Head Office in 1973, and then transferred to their New York Office after the Harvard MBA program in 1978. After 3 and half years in New York, he returned to Tokyo in charge of Mitsui’s global oil trading activities in 1982.

In 1985, he left Mitsui and joined BP’s trading team in London, and became BP’s global oil trading manager, followed by a series of management positions in the UK Retail, Rotterdam and Antwerp Refining, and the US downstream in Cleveland, USA. He came back to London in 1993 to work for BP Exploration and Production (upstream) in charge of gas strategy in Asia Pacific, and then became CFO for BP Asia Pacific in Singapore, before returning to London in 1998 to work for Russia, Central and Eastern Europe downstream business development. In 1999, he returned to Japan to develop Retail business (now divested) and later became in charge of BP‘s Gas business in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. He also became President of BP Japan in 2001.

He returned to London in June 2009, and joined the Clinton Foundation in the area of Carbon Capture and Storage projects in Europe for Clinton Climate Initiative. He now acts as advisor to Clinton Climate Initiative.

Nigel Wellings (Honorary Solicitor)

Jenny White (Vice Chairman)
Jenny White first went to Japan in 1989, to take up a post as Assistant Director and Arts Manager at the British Council. In this role over the subsequent ten years, she developed art projects and links with independent artists, creative partners and cultural organisations in both the UK and Japan. She also produced the arts and creative economy programme for two major festivals, UK90 and the year-long UK98.

Following postings in Thailand and London, as Head of Arts Development, Jenny was appointed Director of the British Council in Cuba in 2006. In this role she hosted in 2009 the first tour of the Royal Ballet to Cuba as well as producing the UK’s contribution to the Latin American Film Festival and the Havana Art Biennial. As  Environment Project Manager, she had a responsibility to develop sustainable cultural relations, implementing an Environmental Management System and designing an eLearning programme for 7,000 staff globally. Jenny is now Head of Visual Arts Programme for the British Council.

In 2013 Jenny took up the challenge of promoting and managing art and cultural events and communications and social media for the volunteer-run Japan400, which marked the anniversary of the first formal encounters in 1613. While celebrating the historical relationship, Jenny’s focus was the development of a framework for ongoing cultural exchange and exploration of the intersection between Japanese and British cultures

Satoru Yoshida (Honorary Treasurer)
Satoru Yoshida has been advising Japanese companies and entrepreneurs in the UK for many years. Since completing his law degree at Doshisha university in Kyoto in 1990, he has worked exclusively in accounting and taxation. He is the founding director of Japanese Financial Solutions Ltd and a partner of Japan Audit & Accounting LLP, chartered accountants. The organisations he worked for prior to establishing his practice were Ernst & Young LLP, Obayashi Corporation, Shimizu Corporation and JVC.

He believes the success of Japanese business in the UK will promote closer links between Japan and the UK. He provides pro bono work for non profit organisations to support this.

Satoru is married to an English sculptor who works in community art projects. As a father of a very young daughter with the double culture of Japan and Great Britain, he is keen on supporting educational projects linking British schools and Japanese schools together with promoting Japanese culture in the UK.

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