List of ambassadors of the United Kingdom to Japan

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The Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Japan is the United Kingdom’s foremost diplomatic representative in Japan, and is the head of the UK’s diplomatic mission there.

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British Ambassador
to Japan

Incumbent
Julia Longbottom

since March 2021

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Embassy, Tokyo
Style Her Excellency
Reports to Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Term length At Her Majesty’s pleasure
Inaugural holder Sir Claude MacDonald
Formation 1905
Salary £115,000-£120,000[1]
Website British Embassy Tokyo

The following is a chronological list of British heads of mission (ministers and ambassadors) in Japan from 1859. Before 1905, there were no ambassadors exchanged between the two countries, the highest rank being envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary  a rank just below ambassador. Before 1859, there was no treaty and no diplomatic relations, because Japan was isolated from the world by the Tokugawa shogunate‘s policy of national isolation called sakoku (literally locked country).

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Head of mission  Tenure 
begins
 Tenure 
ends
 British Monarch   Japanese Emperor 
James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin[2]    1858  1858 Queen Victoria
Kōmei
Sir Rutherford Alcock[3]  1859  1864
Sir Harry Parkes[4]  1865  1883
Meiji
Sir Francis Plunkett[5]  1884  1887
Hugh Fraser[6]  1889  1894
Power Henry Le Poer Trench[7]  1894  1895
Sir Ernest Satow[8]  1895  1900
Sir Claude MacDonald[9][10]  1900  1905
Edward VII
Head of mission  Tenure 
begins
 Tenure 
ends
 British Monarch   Japanese Emperor 
Sir Claude MacDonald[10]  1905  1912
Edward VII
Meiji
Sir Conyngham Greene[11]   1912  1919 George V
Taishō
Sir Charles Eliot[12]  1919  1925
Sir John Tilley[13]  1926  1931
Shōwa
Sir Francis Lindley[14]  1931  1934
Sir Robert Clive[citation needed]  1934  1937
Sir Robert Craigie[15]  1937  1941
George VI

No representation (1941–1946, due to World War II)

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