[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
Sir David Warren reads from The Custom House by Francis King

  • *This event has finished.
  • Reader: Sir David Warren (Chairman of the Japan Society)
  • Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:00 pm
  • Venue: The Library, International House of Japan
  • Language: English (without Japanese interpretation)
  • Admission: IHJ Members & Library Members: free, non-members: 1,000 yen
  • Seating: 45 (reservations required) Fully Booked
  • *This program will be held thanks to a contribution from an I-House member.

Francis Henry King (1923-2011), was a respected writer of modern English literature. He served as Regional Director of the British Council in Kyoto from 1959 to 1963, and wrote several works on Japan including The Custom House (1961), The Waves Behind the Boat (1967), and The Japanese Umbrella and Other Stories (1964).

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In this session, Sir David Warren, Chairman of the Japan Society, will read from The Custom House, and discuss it. Sir David served for many years as a diplomat at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012.

Sir David Warren, KCMG

Photo: Sir David Warren
Born in 1952. After reading English literature at Exeter College, Oxford, Sir David joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1975, and then filled various posts including Head of the Political Section in the British High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya, Commercial Counsellor in the British Embassy in Tokyo, Head of the FCO China Hong Kong Department, and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012. He is Chairman of the Japan Society of the UK, Chairman of the Council of the University of Kent, Visiting Professor at Sheffield and De Montfort Universities, a board member of The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Associate Fellow in the Asia-Pacific Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG).