Julia Longbottom CMG
British Ambassador to Japan


March 2021 Tokyo, Ambassador
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

British Ambassador to Japan

The Ambassador represents His Majesty The King and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.

British Embassy Tokyo

The British Embassy in Japan maintains and develops relations between the UK and Japan. The British Embassy, Tokyo, is the chief diplomatic mission of the United Kingdom in Japan, with the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Japan being the chief of mission. Our work covers a range of issues including international cooperation in support of our values and working to reduce conflict; building Britain’s prosperity through increased trade and investment in open markets; and supporting British nationals who visit and live in Japan through modern and efficient consular services.


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