Annual Report 2018
2018 was a period of change, innovation and consolidation for the Japanese community in London. The Japan Society marked the 150th anniversary of the Meiji restoration, collaborated on major work to highlight the 100 plus years of Japanese history behind Hammersmith Park, and joined celebrations for the opening of the newly opened Japan House.
At the end of 2018, Sir David Warren stood down at the end of six years as Chairman; we marked the transition at the annual dinner and Christmas party, where members had the chance to thank David for his leadership of the Society and to welcome Bill Emmott to his new role.
In 2018, the Society was saddened by the death in August of Sir Hugh Cortazzi, diplomat, Japanese scholar, and former chairman of the Japan Society.