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Welcome: Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Japan, Julia Longbottom CMG

Friday 14 May | 15.45 P.M. - 16.30 p.m.




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Written by Sam

On March 29, Julia Longbottom CMG formally became British Ambassador-designate to Japan. Having since presented her credentials to Emperor Naruhito, Julia has made history as the first female Ambassador in this particular role.

Julia will be a familiar face to many in the BCCJ community, having previously served in Tokyo as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission (2012-16) and as Second Secretary – Political Affairs (1990-1993).

On May 14 you are invited to join this very special digital meeting, to give Julia a warm welcome back to Japan and hear her thoughts on the future of the UK-Japan relationship in an exciting new era.

After her opening remarks, Julia will take questions from BCCJ members. You are welcome to send your questions in advance to: [email protected] by the deadline of May 12, noon. You can also send questions during the session, which will be moderated by Lori Henderson, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

The ‘digital doors’ for this event open at 1545; Ambassador’s remarks to start at 1600.

Further reading: H.E. Julia Longbottom CMG – First female British Ambassador to Japan (BCCJ ACUMEN)

Julia Longbottom CMG, Bio:

  • 2020 Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Director, Coronavirus Task Force
  • 2016 to 2020 FCO, Director for Consular Services, Consular Directorate
  • 2012 to 2016 Tokyo, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission
  • 2009 to 2012 FCO, Head, Far Eastern (later China) Department
  • 2006 to 2009 UK Trade & Investment, Director, Strategy and Human Resources
  • 2003 to 2006 Warsaw, Director of Trade & Investment and Consul General
  • 1998 to 2002 The Hague, Head of Political and EU Section
  • 1994 to 1997 FCO, Section Head, Nationality and Immigration, Hong Kong Department
  • 1990 to 1993 Tokyo, Second Secretary – Political
  • 1988 European Commission Brussels, Stagiaire in Office of Lord Cockfield
  • 1987 New York, UK Permanent Mission to the UN, Second Secretary – UNGA Team
  • 1986 Joined FCO