In recognition of his outstanding contribution and a strong commitment to developing excellent relations between Japan and the United Kingdom, throughout a long diplomatic career, and afterwards, Paul Madden, the British Ambassador to Japan, presented Ambassador Yoshiji Nogami, President of Japan Institute of International Affairs, with an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
In a distinguished diplomatic career, which included a posting as Consul General in Hong Kong, and culminated in his appointment to the Court of St James, as Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Nogami has successfully promoted strong diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between our two countries. His time in London saw continued strengthening of Japanese investments in the UK, and the signing of a bilateral Double Taxation Convention.
After retiring from the diplomatic service, he continued to make a very important contribution to UK/Japan relations, through role as Chairman of the Japan British Society in Tokyo. He was a member of the Japan Olympic Committee during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. As current President of the Japan Institute for International Affairs, he has deepened UK/Japan academic cooperation, and hosted a number of high profile conferences and seminars involving British speakers. He was an Adviser to Prime Minister Abe on the establishment of World Assembly for Women, a very successful annual event.