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Message from the President

HE Paul Madden CMGHE Paul Madden CMG
HM Ambassador to Japan

Message from the President

Welcome. I am delighted to have been invited to be President of the Cambridge and Oxford Society of Japan. I was a member of the Society during my first posting here from 1988-92. It’s good to be back.

In fact, I have belonged to Cambridge/Oxford societies in every country where I have served (Japan, Australia, Singapore and the US). In those countries, fellow alumni have included Presidents, Prime Ministers and, here in Japan of course, members of the Imperial Family.

A degree from one of the world’s finest universities is a badge we all wear with pride, whether we arrived as undergraduates, as I did at Caius, Cambridge in 1977, or proceeded to Oxbridge for postgraduate work, from distinguished universities in our own countries. Whatever our route, it usually involved some pretty hard studying.

But just as important, I’m sure we all have many happy personal memories of our time in Oxford or Cambridge. The splendour of the ancient college buildings, the sometimes archaic traditions going back centuries, the cutting-edge intellectual buzz in the lecture halls, labs, supervisions and tutorials. And, above all, the lifelong friendships we made there.

I look forward to meeting the Society’s members at various events during the year. And to welcoming a continuing flow of new members from the latest batch of Japanese graduates, and other alumni moving to Japan.

Paul Madden