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Transcript of interview: Sir Hugh Cortazzi, 2014

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 142

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2014


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

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.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Cortazzi, Sir Henry Arthur Hugh, 1924-2018, knight, diplomat

Finding aid date

2014-05-30 09:12:56.370000+00:00


Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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