1953   The British Council opens its Tokyo Centre

1960    A Cultural Agreement between Japan and the UK is signed, designating the British Council as the UK's official agency for cultural relations in Japan

1986    The British Council relocates to Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.  The opening ceremony of the British Council Tokyo Centre and the Cambridge English School was held with Prince Charles in attendance.

1999    The names of the two organisations are unified to the 'British Council'.

2003    The British Council celebrates its 50th anniversary in Japan.

2008    The British Council co-oranises UK-Japan 2008 with the British Embassy.

2013    The British Council celebrates its 60th anniversary in Japan.

2019    The British Council co-organises 'UK in Japan 2019-20' with the British Embassy

2021    In response to the spread of Covid-19 infections and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, 'UK in Japan 2019-20' has been extended to autumn 2021.

2023    The British Council celebrates its 70th anniversary in Japan


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