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Message from Ambassador Hayashi



11 January 2011


Mr Keiichi Hayashi, former Minister Plenipotentiary to the UK, was appointed by the Japanese Government as the new Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom on 11 January 2011.







Message from Ambassador Hayashi


As someone with some experience of and considerable affection for the UK and its people, I am very happy to serve as Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom.


In fact, the United Kingdom was the first foreign country I ever lived in; I enjoyed a three-month homestay in Folkestone in early 1973 when I attended an English language school there. One of the teachers was the wife of a retired diplomat and encouraged me to pursue my desire to become a diplomat.


From 1996 I spent three years at the Embassy in London, first as Political Counsellor and subsequently as Political Minister. It was a most stimulating and enjoyable experience, and it was a wrench to leave when my tour of duty ended. I was therefore delighted when I had the opportunity to return to the UK last year as Minister Plenipotentiary, or Deputy Head of Mission, and feel honoured indeed as I contemplate my new assignment.


Over the last one hundred and fifty years, since our two countries established a diplomatic relationship, we have developed a solid, far-reaching partnership in every major arena. Traditionally buoyed by mutually-beneficial commercial relations centred on a strong flow of inward investment from Japan, our ties have expanded to embrace a range of elements from cultural matters to global foreign policy and security issues. United by our commitment to fundamental values including democracy, a market economy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, we confer regularly and cooperate closely on such pressing subjects as Afghanistan, nuclear non-proliferation and international development.


I am committed to promoting economic links further between our two countries as they now provide the backbone of our relationship. Underpinning our cordial, forward-looking relations in the political and economic fields are our people-to-people ties, which have become still stronger and more deeply-rooted in recent years. I am certain that the forthcoming London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will provide opportunities to further strengthen our mutual ties. Before then, of course, there will be a Royal Wedding. This event has already gained the keen interest of the Japanese people, as we have our own Imperial family. As ambassador I will make sure that my Embassy continues to support exchanges between our two countries and peoples.


The Japan-UK relationship is in robust shape. I hope you will join me in helping to ensure that it goes from strength to strength in the years ahead.