Transcript of interview: Sir Hugh Cortazzi, 2014
Scope and Contents
The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.
Biographical / Historical
Hugh Cortazzi was born on 2 May 1924. He was educated at Sedbergh School, and St Andrews and London Universities. In 1956 he married Elizabeth Esther Montagu, having one son and two daughters. Sir Hugh died on 14 August 2018.
After serving in the RAF, 1943-47, Cortazzi joined the Foreign Office in 1949, and his diplomatic career consisted of the following posts: Third Secretary, Singapore, 1950-51; Third/Second Secretary, Tokyo, 1951-54; Foreign Office, 1954-58 (Far Eastern Department, 1954, Information Research Department, 1955-58); First Secretary, Bonn [Germany], 1958-60; First Secretary, later Head of Chancery, Tokyo, 1961-65; Foreign Office, 1965-66; Counsellor (Commercial), Tokyo, 1966-70; Royal College of Defence Studies, 1971-72; Minister (Commercial), Washington [United States], 1972-75; Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1975-80; Ambassador to Japan, 1980-84.
Language of Materials
Cortazzi, Sir Henry Arthur Hugh, 1924-2018, knight, diplomat
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