Paul Madden

Paul Madden

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9th March 2017 Tokyo, Japan

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

Six years after the tsunami, Japanese resilience

On 11 March, it will be six years since the people of East Japan suffered the triple blows of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. None of us, around the world, will forget watching the terrible footage on our TV screens. For Japan it was the most significant domestic event for decades. So I was keen […]

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14th February 2017 Tokyo, Japan

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

First month in Japan

Well, I’ve now completed my first month in Japan. It’s been interesting comparing my experiences with the first time I was posted here more than 25 years ago. It’s hard to make direct comparisons because coming back as Ambassador after a long Foreign Office career, is different from arriving on your very first overseas posting. […]

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9th January 2017 Tokyo, Japan

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

Final preparations before heading to Tokyo

After spending much of this year re-learning Japanese, I have been in a whirl of final preparations before heading off Tokyo in January, as Ambassador to Japan. I have been all over the UK, including Scotland and Wales, meeting ministers, officials and Japanese investors. In Cardiff, Japanese Ambassador Tsuruoka and I met the First Minister, […]

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18th September 2015

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

UK China People to People talks

The magnificent Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich provided a splendid setting for this year’s UK/China People to People dialogue on 17 September. The Wren-designed buildings of the College, facing the towers of Canary Wharf across a Thames River sparkling in September sunshine, presented a fine example of the juxtaposition of […]

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9th February 2015

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

Farewell to Australia

This is my final blog from Australia. My 205th. I hope someone’s been reading them. It has been one of the greatest privileges and pleasures of my life to represent Britain in Australia as the Pom HC. There is no country to which we feel closer. It has been a fantastic time to be here. […]

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8th February 2015

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

Farewell to Canberra

Well, finally, it’s time to say farewell to Canberra. Our home for the last four years. It’s not the first time we’ve lived in a planned, administrative capital, but Washington was different, and older. While we were here, Canberra celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013, with many events and exhibitions. It was a reminder of […]

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5th February 2015

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

Farewell to Brisbane

Our final trip to Brisbane, that dynamic city of glittering skyscrapers in the hot and sometimes humid tropical state of Queensland, which always sees itself as just a bit different from the rest of Australia. It was one of the first places I visited when I arrived in January 2011, as Kevin Rudd brought William […]

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4th February 2015

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

Farewell to Sydney

I can hardly believe I’m saying farewell to Sydney at the end of our posting here. It has been our second home during our time in Australia. I’ve probably been in Sydney nearly once a week for the last four years, and often come up for the weekend. I feel I’ve got to know very […]

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3rd February 2015

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

Australia UK Ministerial meeting (AUKMIN) in Sydney

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon have just been in Sydney for the 7th annual AUKMIN talks with their opposite numbers Julie Bishop and Kevin Andrews on 2 February. This is a big event, with participants also including the Chiefs of Defence and senior officials from each country. PM Tony Abbott hosted […]

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27th January 2015

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

Farewell to Adelaide

Adelaide is the largest city in Australia that we don’t have a British Consulate in. It’s a significant population centre and an important economic hub, with some prominent national politicians. It has also produced my last two opposite numbers as Australian High Commissioner in London – former Premier Mike Rann, and former Foreign Minister Alexander […]

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About Paul Madden

Paul Madden is the British Ambassador to Japan from January 2017. He was Additional Director for Asia Pacific at the FCO in 2015.He was British High Commissioner to Australia until…

Paul Madden is the British Ambassador to Japan from January 2017.

He was Additional Director for Asia Pacific at the FCO in 2015.He was British High Commissioner to Australia until February 2015. Prior to this he was British High Commissioner in Singapore from 2007-2011.

A career diplomat, he was previously Managing Director at UK Trade and Investment (2004-2006), responsible for co-ordinating and
implementing international trade development strategies to support
companies across a wide range of business sectors.

As Assistant Director of Information at the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office (2003-2004) he was responsible for public diplomacy policy,
including managing the FCO funding of the BBC World Service, the British
Council and the Chevening Scholarships programme. He led the team
responsible for the award-winning UK pavilion at the Aichi Expo in Japan
2005.

He was Deputy High Commissioner in Singapore from 2000-2003 and has
also served in Washington (1996-2000) and Tokyo (1988-92). Between
1992-96 he worked on EU enlargement and Environmental issues at the FCO
in London.

Before joining FCO he worked at the Department of Trade and Industry
(1980-87) on a range of industrial sectors and trade policy, including
two years as a minister’s Private Secretary.

He has an MA in Economic Geography from Cambridge University, an MBA
from Durham University, studied Japanese at London University’s School
of Oriental and African Studies, and is a Fellow of the Royal
Geographical Society. His first book, Raffles: Lessons in Business
Leadership, was published in 2003.

Married to Sarah, with three children, he was born in 1959, in Devon.

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