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Cortazzi, Sir Hugh (1924-)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2247 CORTAZZI
Held at: Japan Society
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Full title: Cortazzi, Sir Hugh (1924-)
Date(s): 1983-1998
Level of description: Subfonds of the Japan Society archive
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Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Cortazzi | Sir | (Arthur Henry) Hugh | 1924- | knight | diplomat


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1924, educated at Sedbergh School, St Andrews and London Universities; served in the Royal Air Force (RAF), 1943-1947 after which he joined the Foreign Office; held posts in Singapore, 1950-1951, Tokyo, 1951-1954, 1961-1965, 1966-1970, Britain 1954-1958, 1965-1966, Bonn, 1958-1960, Royal College of Defence Studies, 1971-1972, and Washington, 1972-1975; appointed, 1975, Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1975-1980; and Ambassador to Japan, 1980-1984; after retiring from diplomatic service, Cortazzi held office as Director, Hill Samuel & Co., later Hill Samuel Bank, 1984-1991; Senior Adviser: NEC Corporation, Japan, 1992-; Dai-ichi Kangyo Bank, Japan, 1992-; Bank of Kyoto, 1992-; Wilde Sapte, solicitors, 1992-; PIFC Consulting Plc, 1993;; Director: Foreign and Colonial Pacific Trust, since 1984; GT Japan Investment Trust plc, since 1984; Thornton Pacific (formerly Pacific) Investment Trust, since 1986; Member of the Economic and Social Research Council, 1984-1989; President, Asiatic Society of Japan, 1982-83; Chairman of The Japan Society 1985-1995; Member of the Council and Court, Sussex University, 1985-1992; Hon. Fellow, Robinson College, Cambridge, 1988; Hon. Dr Stirling, 1988. Grand Cordon, Order of the Sacred Treasure (Japan), 1995; appointed GCMG 1984 (KCMG 1980; CMG 1969).

Publications: Translated from Japanese, Genji Keita: The Ogre and other stories of the Japanese Salarymen, 1972; The Guardian God of Golf and other humorous stories, 1972, reprinted as The Lucky One, 1980; (ed) Mary Crawford Fraser, A Diplomat's Wife in Japan: sketches at the turn of the century, 1982; Isles of Gold: antique maps of Japan, 1983; Higashi No Shimaguni, Nishi No Shimaguni (collection of articles and speeches in Japanese), 1984; Dr Willis in Japan, 1985; (ed) Mitford's Japan, 1985; Victorians in Japan: in and around the Treaty Ports, 1987; For Japanese students of English: Thoughts from a Sussex Garden (essays), 1984; Second Thoughts (essays), 1986; Japanese Encounter, 1987; Zoku, Higashi no Shimaguni, Nishi no Shimaguni, 1987; (ed with George Webb) Kipling's Japan, 1988; The Japanese Achievement: a short history of Japan and Japanese culture, 1990; (ed) A British Artist in Meiji Japan, by Sir Alfred East, 1991; (ed) Building Japan 1868-1876, by Richard Henry Brunton, 1991; (ed with Gordon Daniels) Britain and Japan 1859-1991, 1991; Themes and Personalities, 1991; Modern Japan: a concise survey, 1993; (ed with Terry Bennett) Caught in Time: Japan, 1995; articles on Japanese themes in English and Japanese publications.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Hugh Cortazzi comprising: photocopies of manuscripts including 'The Japanese journal of Sir Alfred East'; and 'My travels in India, China and Japan', Charles Wallis and related letters, 1996; 'Some memories of Elisabeth Christina Fernhill Alt, nee Earl (1847-)' and related letters, 1983; papers relating to the memoirs of John Bachelor including 'Steps by the Way'(1855-1945); photocopied extracts of Bachelor's published works on the Ainu, the Japanese minority people; bibliography of Bachelor's works, cuttings and articles relating to the Ainu people and Batchelor's manuscript, and related correspondence 1988-1996; photocopy of a Japanese publication relating to Bachelor [1954]; papers and correspondence relating to the AINU library, 1996; photocopies of articles and papers relating to Richard Henry Brunton (1841-1901) pioneer engineer in Japan 1868-1876, and the Brunton anniversary events, 1991; papers relating to the career of Sir Rutherford Alcock and the British Legation in Japan including photocopies of printed correspondence of Alcock from the Public Record Office, 1865-1870; copies of extract books and articles including one by Cortazzi, and related correspondence, 1980; articles and draft typescripts relating to Sir Vere Redman (1901-1965), English teacher and press correspondent in Japan, and related correspondence, 1995; photocopies of letters from Rolland (surname unknown), an American writing home from Kobe and Yokohama, 1897-1900; photocopies of letters of Algernon B Mitford to his father, 1867; typescript manuscript 'The best course available - a personal account of the secret US-Japan Okinawa Reversion negotiations, Wakaizumi Kei; photocopied typescript 'The writings on Japan and the Japanese of English and American Visitors, 1853-1910', Patricia Miriam Barr, University College London; copy of the thesis 'Unequal allies? US Security and Alliance policy towards Japan, 1945-1960' John Swenson-Wright, St Anthony's College Oxford, DPhil in International Relations, 1998; copy of thesis 'Sir Rutherford Alcock and Japan's entry into international society', Mayuko Sano, Emmanuel College, candidate for MPhil in International Relations, Centre for International Studies, University of Cambridge, Jul 1998; printed copies of Japanese publications including magazine of the First National Bank of Japan, 1963 containing article on Alexander Shand; literary journal containing articles on ceremonial procedures surrounding the Imperial family, 1990 (2 copies); Koken, current affairs journal containing conference papers relating to the past, present and future of Anglo-Japanese relations, 1986; printed copy book for study of Chinese characters; copies of Japan Review of International Affairs, Volume 11 No 1 1997-Volume 13 No 4 1999.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, Japanese

System of arrangement:


Conditions governing access:

By appointment only. Contact the Library Assistant, Japan Society, Swire House, 59 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AJ. Tel: 020 7828 6330.
Material containing personal information is subject to the regulations of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies available.

Finding aids:

The material in uncatalogued

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to the Japan Society Library

Allied Materials

Related material:

Sir Hugh Cortazzi's collection of books and maps on Japan, held by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Historical Manuscripts Commission's On-Line National Register of Archives; The Japan Society, a history 1891 to 2000, Sir Hugh Cortazzi, edited by Anne Kaneko, Japan Society Publications, London, 2001; Who's Who 1897-1996 CD-ROM (A & C Black).
Compiled by Alison Field as part of the London Signpost Survey Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
October 2003

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