To celebrate this bestowal, Ambassador Hayashi hosted a reception in honour of Sir John and Dame Norma at the Embassy of Japan on 10th July 2012, which was attended by Sir John’s friends, former colleagues, Government Ministers, Members of the House of Commons and Lords as well as representatives of the Japanese community.
Sir John was elected to the House of Commons as a Conservative M.P. in May 1979. Having joined the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1987, he was appointed Foreign Secretary in 1989 and then served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1989 to 1990. In 1990 he became Prime Minister and remained in that capacity until 1997.