Jiro Harumi

Jiro Harumi worked for the Press and Public Affairs Section of the British Embassy Tokyo from November 1974 until the end of December 2002. He was awarded with MBE in February 2000 for his contribution to the development of UK/Japan relations.

His main responsibilities at the British Embassy included making media arrangements for VIP visitors from the United Kingdom, various British promotional events and projects and also the production of a British Embassy magazine.

He was involved in making media arrangements for the visits by the Royal Families including HM Queen Elizabeth (1975), HRH Prince & Princess of Wales (1986 and 1990) and Princess Diana (1995) and the Princess Royal (1999).

He was also involved in making media arrangements for the visits by British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair when they visited Japan whether for the G8 Summits or for the bilateral talks with the Japanese counterparts.

After departing from the British Embassy, he was involved in 2003 in media relations of Feel Finland, a project organized by the Finnish Institute in Japan to present Finnish arts and culture in Japan.

He also served Japan National Press Club as Project Manager from January 2004 until March 2009.

Jiro Harumi at the British Embassy was also responsible for:

Quality Britain, the annual magazine published first in 1988
UK 90 and UK98 British Festivals (for media publicity)
UK-Japan Green Alliance, a nation-wide tree planting campaign.

Born in Tokyo on 5 July 1941.

Before joining the British Embassy, he had worked at Kobe Shimbun Newspaper, Hokubei Mainichi Newspaper (San Francisco) and Tokyo Bureau of ABC News.

On a personal level, Jiro Harumi produces his own internet magazine “musasabi journal” since 2003. Musasabi Journal includes articles written by himself mainly if not exclusively about the United Kingdom and also about Finland.

Contact details: 1133 Iwasawa, Hanno City, Saitama-ken. 357-0023 Japan E-mail: jmharumi@ga2.so-net.ne.jp

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