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Sir Arthur Henry Hugh Cortazzi GCMG (born 2 May 1924) is a British diplomat, businessman, academic, author and Japanologist.

He was Ambassador from the United Kingdom to Japan (1980–84), President of the Asiatic Society of Japan (1982–1983) and Chairman of the Japan Society of London (1985–95).


In 1947, Cortazzi joined the Foreign Office.

The British Foreign Office posted Cortazzi to:

Cortazzi was made Deputy Under-Secretary of State, in 1975. He became the British Ambassador to Japan in 1980. He spent the next four years in Tokyo.


  • Order of St Michael and St George, Companion (CMG), 1969.
  • Order of St Michael and St George, Knight Commander (KCMG), 1980.
  • Order of St Michael and St George, Knight Grand Cross (GCMG), 1984.
  • University of Stirling, Honorary doctorate, 1988.
  • Order of the Sacred Treasure, Grand Cordon (Japan), 1995.

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