Japanese Embassy hosts British Japanese Law Association 20th Anniversary

On 8 March 2018, Ambassador Koji Tsuruoka and the British Japanese Law Association (BJLA) hosted a reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the BJLA’s founding. The BJLA was established in 1998 to develop legal ties between Japan and Britain.

     

In his remarks, Ambassador Tsuruoka expressed his appreciation for the BJLA’s significant contribution to fostering links between the two legal professions. He also talked about the justice reforms undertaken in Japan and the UK over the past 20 years and highlighted the personal ties that exist between Japanese and UK lawyers. The Ambassador said he hoped this would continue to contribute to the public good of both countries.

In their remarks, Mr Scott Hopkins and Professor Chizu Nakajima, co-founders and co-chairpersons of the BJLA, highlighted the importance of friendship as well as the mutual trust and respect they have for each other thanks to both countries’ commitment to the rule of law and justice.

Sir David Wootton, the former Lord Mayor of London, subsequently led a toast to the success of the BJLA.

More than 120 Japanese and English guests were in attendance including Supreme Court Justices, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Japanese Lawyers based in London, and Japanese Prosecutors and Assistant Officers who are in the UK to attend the British Japanese Criminal Justice Seminar.

The Embassy of Japan

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