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Japanese Envoys in Britain 1862-1964

Japanese Envoys in Britain 1862-1964
Compiled and Edited by Ian Nish
The Japan Society and Global Oriental Publishing (2007)
ISBN-13: 9781905246328

This collection of essays compiled by Ian Nish and published by the Japan Society provides a comprehensive understanding into the history of diplomatic relations between Japan and Britain from 1862 up to Ambassador Ohno Katsumi’s highly successful six year assignment in 1964.

Written by a total of twelve authors, half of whom are Japanese, topics discussed include the history of Japanese Embassy buildings and a personal memoir by Ayako Ishizaka entitled “A Diplomat’s Daughter in the 1930s.”

This book succeeds in not only providing a rich historical account of diplomatic relations but highlights the idiosyncrasies and peculiarities of life as an envoy.

By way of appendix, the volume concludes with a short history of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Gaimusho) up to the present day.


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