- Japan–United Kingdom relations
This page describes the history of the relationship between the
United Kingdomand Japan. This began in 1600 with the arrival of William Adams (Adams the Pilot, "Miura Anjin") on the shores of Kyūshūat Usuki in Ōita Prefecture. During the Sakokuperiod (1641-1853) there were no relations, but the treaty of 1854 saw the resumption of ties which, despite the hiatus of the Second World War, remain very strong in the present day.
Chronology of Anglo-Japanese relations
*1587. Two young Japanese men named
Christopher and Cosmastravelled on a Spanish galleonto California, where their ship was seized by Thomas Cavendish. Cavendish brought the two Japanese with him to England, where they spent around three years, before going again with him on his last expedition to the South Atlantic. They are the first known Japanese to have set foot in England.
*1600. William Adams, a seaman from
Kent, was the first Briton to arrive in Japan. Acting as an advisor to the Tokugawa Shogun, he was renamed Miura Anjin, granted a house and land, and spent the rest of his life in his adopted country.
*1605. John Davis, the famous English explorer, was killed by Japanese pirates off the coast of
Thailand, thus becoming the first Englishman to be killed by a Japanese. [Stephen Turnbull, "Fighting ships of the Far East (2), p 12, Osprey Publishing]
Otokichi, Kyukichi and Iwakichi, castaways from Aichi Prefecture, crossed the Pacific and were shipwrecked on the west coast of North America. The three Japanese became famous in the Pacific North West and probably inspired Ranald MacDonaldto go to Japan. They joined a trading ship to the UK, and later Macau. One of them, Otokichi, took British citizenship and adopted the name John Matthew Ottoson. He later made two visits to Japan as an interpreter for the Royal Navy.
*1854. 14 October. The first limited
Anglo-Japanese Friendship Treaty[http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%97%A5%E8%8B%B1%E5%92%8C%E8%A6%AA%E6%9D%A1%E7%B4%84] between the United Kingdom and Japan was signed by Admiral Sir James Stirling and representatives of the Tokugawa shogunate(Bakufu).
*1858. 26 August. The
Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Amity and Commercewas signed by Lord Elgin for the United Kingdom and representatives of the Tokugawa shogunate for Japan, after the Harris Treatywas concluded.
*1861. 5 July. The British legation in
Edowas attacked and Laurence Oliphantwas wounded.
Shogunsends the First Japanese Embassy to Europe, led by Takenouchi Yasunori.
*1862. 14 September. The
Namamugi Incidentoccurred within a week of the arrival of Ernest Satowin Japan.
*1863. Bombardment of Kagoshima by the
Royal Navy. (Anglo-Satsuma War).
Chōshū Fivego secretly to England.
Bombardment of Shimonosekiby the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlandsand the USA.
Icarus affair, an incident involving the murder of two British sailors in Nagasaki, leading to increased diplomatic tensions between Britain and the Tokugawa shogunate.
Iwakura missionvisited the United Kingdom as part of a diplomatic and investigative tour of the United States and Europe.
Imperial College of Engineeringopened with Henry Dyeras principal.
*1885-87. Japanese exhibition at
Knightsbridge, London. [ [http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/conWebDoc.1613 Information about 1885-87 Japanese exhibition at Knightsbridge] ]
Japan Society of Londonis founded by Arthur Diosy.
Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Commerce and Navigation[http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%97%A5%E8%8B%B1%E9%80%9A%E5%95%86%E8%88%AA%E6%B5%B7%E6%9D%A1%E7%B4%84] abolishing extraterritorialityin Japan for British subjects with effect from 17 July 1899 was signed in London on 16 July.
Anglo-Japanese alliancewas signed in London on 30 January.
*1905. The alliance was renewed and expanded.
*1912. The alliance was renewed.
*1913. The IJN Kongō the last of the British-built Japanese warships enters service.
*1914. Japan joined
World War Ias the United Kingdom's ally under the terms of the alliance and captured German-occupied Qingdao.
*1921. Arrival in September of the
Sempill Missionin Japan, a British technical mission for the development of Japanese Aeronaval forces.
*1923. The Anglo-Japanese alliance was officially discontinued on 17 August after U.S. pressure and other factors brought it to a close.
Tientsin Incidentalmost causes an Anglo-Japanese war when the Japanese blockade the British concession in Tientsin, China.
*1941-1945. Japan enters
World War IIas an enemy of the British Empireand captures British colonies Malaya, Burma, Hong Kongand Singapore. Many British POWs die in Japanese captivity.
Treaty of San Francisco- the peace treaty in which Anglo-Japanese relations were normalised. One condition of the treaty was Japan's acceptance of the judgments of the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal (Article 11).
*1978 Beginning of the BET scheme (British Exchange Teaching Programme) first advocated by Nicholas Maclean [http://linguanews.com/php_en_news_read.php?section=s2&idx=2321]
JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) programstarts when the BET scheme and the Fulbright programs are merged.
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundationestablished.
*1991. The first
Sumotournmament to be held oustide Japanis hosted at the Royal Albert Hallin London.cite book|title=Penguin Pocket On This Day|publisher=Penguin Reference Library|isbn=0-141-02715-0|year=2006]
*2001. The year-long "Japan 2001" cultural-exchange project saw a major series of Japanese cultural, educational and sporting events held around the UK.
*2008. UK-Japan 2008 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Amity and Commerce [http://www.ukjapan2008.jp/] .
See also the [http://www.uknow.or.jp/be_e/uk_japan/relations/ chronology] on the British Embassy website in Tokyo.
Britons in Japan
*William Adams (Miura Anjin)
Rutherford Alcock, diplomat
William George Aston, consular official and Japanologist
William Edward Ayrton, Professor of physics & telegraphy
Felice Beato- British/Italian/Corfiote photographer
Isabella Bird- Victorian traveller and author
*John Reddie Black, publisher of newspapers
Duncan Gordon Boyes- winner of the Victoria Crossat Shimonoseki, 1864
Richard Henry Brunton, Father of Japanese lighthouses
Basil Hall Chamberlain, Professor and Japanologist
Edward Bramwell Clarke, Professor who helped introduce rugby to Japan
Samuel Cocking- Yokohama merchant
*Josiah Conder, architect
Hugh Cortazzi, scholar and former ambassador
James Main Dixon(1856-1933). Former FRSE. After teaching at the Imperial University of Tokyo, he moved to the University of South California.
*Archibald Douglas, leader of a naval mission to Japan in the early 1870s
Henry Dyer, first principal of the Imperial College of Engineering(Kobu Daigakko)
*Lord Elgin, signed the 1858 treaty
James Alfred Ewing, Professor
Hugh Fraser, British minister 1889-94
Thomas Blake Glover, Scottish trader
Abel Gower, consul
William Gowland, 1842-1922, Father of Japanese archaeology
Thomas Lomar Gray, engineering professor
Arthur Hasketh Groom, creator of the first golf course in Japan
John Harington Gubbins, diplomat
Joseph Henry Longford, consul and academic
Claude Maxwell MacDonald, diplomat
Ranald MacDonald, the first English teacher in Japan
John Milne, Professor and Father of Seismology
Algernon Bertram Mitford (Lord Redesdale), diplomat
*James Murdoch - eccentric teacher, journalist, historian
Laurence Oliphant- Secretary of Legation in 1861
Henry Spencer Palmer- engineer and Times correspondent
Harry Smith Parkes, diplomat
David Peace, author of seven novels. The first six were all set in Yorkshirebut the most recent novel, Tokyo Year Zero, was set in Japan.
*John Perry, colleague of Ayrton at the
Imperial College of Engineering, Tokyo
Charles Lennox Richardson- slain in the Namamugi Incident
Ernest Mason Satow, diplomat and Japanologist
Alexander Cameron Sim- founder of Kobe Regatta & Athletic Club, introduced lemonade ("ramune") to Japan.
*Admiral Sir James Stirling - signed the 1854 treaty
Walter Weston, Rev. who publicised the term "Japanese Alps"
* William Willis, Dr.
Charles Wirgman, editor of Japan Punch
The chronological list of
Heads of the United Kingdom Mission in Japan.
Japanese in the United Kingdom
The family name is given in italics. Usually the family name comes first, but in modern times notso for the likes of Kazuo Ishiguro and Katsuhiko Oku, both well-known in the United Kingdom.
*"Aoki" Shuzo - diplomat, signed the 1894 treaty in London
*"Inagaki" Manjiro, Cambridge University graduate and diplomat
*"Iwakura" Tomomi - see
*"Kikuchi" Dairoku, Cambridge University graduate and politician
*Katsuhiko "Oku" - Oxford University rugby player, diplomat in Japanese embassy in London who died in Iraq, 2003. Posthumously promoted to ambassador. See also the [http://www.oku-inoue-fund.com/eng/ Oku-Inoue fund] for the children of Iraq.
*"Okura" Kishichiro, entrepreneur
*Hisashi "Owada", Cambridge University graduate, father of
*"Suematsu" Kencho, Cambridge University graduate and statesman
*"Tanaka" Ginnosuke, Cambridge University graduate, introduced rugby to Japan
*"Togo" Heihachiro - the Nelson of the East
Taka Hirose, Bassist of the band Feeder
British Japan Consular Service
o-yatoi gaikokujin- foreign employees in Meiji eraJapan
Foreign cemeteries in Japan
Japan Society of London
British Japanese, British people of Japanese descent
Japanese students in Britain
* " [http://www.globaloriental.co.uk/book.asp?Title_ID=37 Britain & Japan: Biographical Portraits, Volume V] ", edited by
Hugh Cortazzi, Global Oriental 2004, ISBN 1-901903-48-6
* [http://www.globaloriental.co.uk/book.asp?Title_ID=7 "British Envoys in Japan 1859-1972"] , edited and compiled by Hugh Cortazzi, Global Oriental 2004, ISBN 1-901903-51-6
* [http://www.oriental.cam.ac.uk/jbib/For2-3.html A Bibliography of Anglo-Japanese relations] - at Cambridge University
* [http://www.asjapan.org/main.htm The Asiatic Society of Japan] - in Tokyo
* [http://www.bajs.org.uk/ The British Association for Japanese Studies]
* [http://www.uknow.or.jp/be_e/about_us/consulate/ The British Consulate] - in Nagoya
* [http://www.uknow.or.jp/be_e/about_us/general/ The British Consulate-General] - in Osaka
* [http://www.britishcouncil.org/japan.htm The British Council in Japan] - the cultural arm of the British government overseas
* [http://www.bccjapan.com/ The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan]
* [http://www.uknow.or.jp/be_e/about_us/index.htm The British Embassy] - in Tokyo
* [http://www.uknow.or.jp/be_e/about_us/trade/ The British Trade Promotion Office] in Fukuoka (closed June 2005)
* [http://www.camford.org/ The Cambridge & Oxford Society] - founded in Tokyo in 1905
* [http://www.dajf.org.uk/ The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation] - in London and Tokyo
* [http://www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp/ The Embassy of Japan] - in London
* [http://www.gbsf.org.uk/ The Great Britain Sasakawa foundation] - in London and Tokyo
* [http://www.japansociety.org.uk/ The Japan Society] - founded in London in 1891
* [http://www.japanbritishsociety.or.jp/ The Japan-British Society] - founded in Japan in 1908
* [http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/europe/uk/index.html Japan-U.K. Relations] at Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Official Website.
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