Jason James has been Director General of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation since October 2011. Having been fascinated by Japan on a choir tour at the age of 13, he chose to read Japanese Studies at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was a double scholar (academic and choral), graduating First Class with Distinction in 1987. Subsequently he worked for many years in the financial industry, mostly specialising in Japanese equities, becoming Head of Research in the Tokyo office of HSBC Securities, and eventually Head of Global Equity Strategy at HSBC in London. From 2007-2011 Mr. James was Director of the British Council in Tokyo, during which time he also served as Chair of the European Union National Institutes of Culture Japan cluster, a Board Member of the Japan-British Society (and Chair of its Awards Committee), and a Board Member of United World Colleges Japan.
Mr. James’s interest in Japan is broad, covering the economy, financial markets and tax, as well as Japanese literature and arts, and the relationship between the UK and Japan. Publications range from The Political Economy of Japanese Financial Markets (co-author, Macmillan 1999), to Edmund Blunden and Japan (Asiatic Society, 2010).
The Trustees of the Foundation are as follows:
Sir Peter Williams CBE FREng FRS – Chairman
Sir Peter Williams is a physicist and Chairman of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. After receiving his PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, he held several academic posts specialising in the study of semiconductor physics before moving into the business sector. As the former Chairman and Chief Executive of Oxford Instruments, he has supported collaboration between universities and businesses and helped to promote science-based industry within the UK. Previously, Sir Peter has held posts as Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society, Master of St Catherine’s College Oxford, Chairman of Trustees of the Science Museum, Chairman of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council and Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care. He has advised the UK government on issues related to science and education, including the 2008 Williams Review of childhood numeracy, and was a member of the 2010 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the UN Secretary General.
Sir Peter received a CBE in 1992 and was knighted in 1998 for services to science and technology.
Mr Shigeharu Suzuki – Vice Chairman
Mr Shigeharu Suzuki is Chairman of the Board of Daiwa Securities Group Inc., the holding company of one of Japan’s largest investment banks. Mr Suzuki was appointed Chairman in 2011 after 7 years in the CEO role.
After graduating with a BA in Economics from Keio University, he joined Daiwa in April 1971. He started off in a domestic branch working with individual investors, advising clients on asset management with a variety of financial products. Mr Suzuki then moved to the Corporate Finance Dept. in January 1987. He eventually proceeded to Head of Investment Banking Division of Daiwa Securities SMBC, the joint venture with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation before being appointed CEO of the entire organization.
Mr Suzuki devotes himself to serving the community in a number of roles. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Councillors for the KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation), a member of the Keio University Council and on the board of the New Japan Philharmonic.
He studied abroad as a corporate sponsored student at the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) in 1986-87.
Mr Stephen Barber
Mr Stephen Barber is an Equity Partner of the Pictet Group, the Geneva-based asset and wealth management group. After graduating from the University of Oxford with an MA in Mathematics and Philosophy, he began a career in investment management. He spent the years 1987-1992 in Japan as Chief Executive of Invesco’s Japanese business. In May 1993 he joined Pictet, where he is now responsible for the company’s external publications, press, advertising, events, branding and digital and visual output. In 2008 Mr Barber established the leading global photography prize, the Prix Pictet, which aims to use the power of photography to communicate messages about sustainability to a global audience. He is also Chairman of Photo London.
Professor Richard Bowring
Professor Richard Bowring is Emeritus Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. From 2000 to 2013 he also served as Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge. After graduating in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge, Professor Bowring briefly worked in airline management, before returning to Cambridge to obtain his PhD, which focused on Mori Ogai. After three years in Japan, he obtained his first teaching post at Monash University in Melbourne, after which he spent some years teaching in the United States at Columbia and Princeton Universities. He returned to Cambridge in 1984 when Japanese Studies at the University were in a state of crisis, and worked to rebuild the Department into the strong academic community it is today.
In 2013, Professor Bowring was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun (Third Class) from the Japanese Government for contributions to the development of Japanese studies and Japanese language education in the UK.
Mr Paul Dimond CMG
Mr Paul Dimond, CMG served in Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service until 2005 in senior roles across three continents. He served for 16 years in Japan, working in both Tokyo and Osaka. From 1997 to 2011 he served as Consul-General in Los Angeles, USA. His last appointment was as British Ambassador to the Philippines. He is currently Deputy Chairman of DAKS Simpson Group Plc, a Director of Baillie Gifford Japan Trust plc and a Director of Westminster Gardens Limited. He is Chairman of the Torch Trophy Trust and Hon Secretary of the Anglo-Netherlands Society.
Mr James Harding
Mr James Harding is a British journalist, and was awarded the Daiwa Scholarship in 1991 during which time he studied Japanese and worked for Koichi Kato, a member of the Japanese cabinet. Following this, he worked briefly in Brussels at the Japan unit of the European Commission, and went on to join the Financial Times in 1994. In 2007, he was named editor of The Times, the youngest ever editor of the newspaper.
He holds a degree in History from the University of Cambridge, and is the author of the book Alpha Dogs, published in 2008. He became the Director of BBC News and Current Affairs in 2013.
Barbara, Lady Judge
Barbara, Lady Judge is Chairman of the UK Institute of Directors and the Pension Protection Fund, as well as Chairman Emeritus of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), having been its chairman from 2004 to 2010. She is also currently Chairman of the Energy Institute of University College London and Deputy Chairman of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee. In addition, she is a member of the United Arab Emirates Advisory board for the Development of Peaceful Nuclear Technology and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. Earlier in her career, she was appointed as the youngest ever Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission; she also served as the first female executive director of both Samuel Montagu and News International.
Lady Judge received a CBE in 2010 for services to the Nuclear and Financial Services Industries.
Mr Yusuke Kawamura
Mr Yusuke Kawamura is Deputy Chairman of the Daiwa Institute of Research, Ltd. After graduating from the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law, Mr Kawamura joined Daiwa Securities’ Research department. In 2000, he became a Professor in the Economics faculty of Nagasaki University. Mr Kawamura joined JASDAQ’s Board of Directors as an Outside Director in 2007, and in 2009 he served as a Visiting Professor at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. In 2010, Mr Kawamura became a Senior Director at the Daiwa Institute of Research, and subsequently became Deputy Chairman in 2012. Since 2013, he has also served as a Director of the Cool Japan Fund to promote “Cool Japan” and encourage the development of overseas demand for Japanese products and services.
Mr Masaki Orita
Mr Masaki Orita is Chairman of the Institute of International Affairs. He is Director of the Japan Branch of the International Association and Asian Society of International Law. He is also a Councillor of Chuo University. After graduating from the University of Tokyo’s Law Faculty, he joined the Japanese Foreign Service. He served in various posts in Tokyo, London, Moscow, Paris and Washington, and then served as Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister, Consul-General in Hong Kong, Director-Generals of Treaty Bureau and North American Affairs Bureau, Ambassador to Denmark and Lithuania. From 2001 to 2004, he served as the Ambassador to the United Kingdom. After retiring from the Foreign Service, he was Professor of International Law at Chuo University until 2013. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine’s College, Oxford.
Professor Hirotaka Takeuchi
Mr Hirotaka Takeuchi is a Professor at the Harvard Business School and Professor Emeritus at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. Mr Takeuchi has written and co-authored numerous influential publications, including Can Japan Compete? (M. Porter, Takeuchi & M. Sakakibara, 2000), The Best Practice Revolution (1994, in Japanese) and The Knowledge Creating Company (I. Nonaka and Takeuchi, 1995), which won the 1995 ‘Best New Book of the Year’ Award in the Business and Management category from the Association of American Publishers. Prior to his academic career, he worked at McCann-Erickson in Tokyo and San Francisco and at McKinsey & Company in Tokyo. He is a member of a number of committees formed by government agencies and political organisations in Japan, in particular those of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. In addition, he is a member of the planning board of the World Economic Forum.
Dr Victoria Tuke
Dr Victoria Tuke is a former Daiwa Scholar who is currently Private Secretary to the Minister of State for the Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defence. In addition to various roles in the MOD, she previously worked in the Foreign Policy team of the National Security Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, focusing on Africa and Latin America. Victoria holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, where she also completed her undergraduate education. Her doctoral thesis focused on an analysis of Japan’s modern-day foreign policy towards India, and included fellowships at the Institute for Defence and Strategic Analyses in New Delhi, and Waseda University, Tokyo.