VENUE: University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square – Room G.02

AGM REPORT: Business Meeting – Launch of the new Website – Honorary Life Membership Award – Order of the Scottish Samurai Centre of Excellence Award 2021 – Talk on The Development of Japanese Football.

Many thanks to those members and friends who joined us for our AGM. It was good to see you all and to meet new faces as well as greeting those via Zoom. We swiftly got through formal business proceedings and were able to celebrate three special occasions.

We launched our new website. It is still a work in progress, but we hope to gradually add content over the coming months.

Our longstanding member and friend Mr Charles Edmond was granted Honorary Life Membership in recognition of the many years he served as Secretary and Council Member. We were happy to welcome Charles and his wife Annie and thanked them both for their considerable contribution to the Society over many decades and for their continued support and friendship.

The Society was delighted and honoured to be the recipient of the Order of the Scottish Samurai “Centre of Excellence” Award for 2021. This was the first opportunity we had since covid restrictions, to meet with OSS Founding President Mr Ronnie Watt OBE ORS who made the journey from Aberdeen with OSS Executive Bill Smith. Ronnie kindly presented the Samurai Statue and Certificate to Honorary Vice President, Consul General Tadashi Fujiwara and Chairman Professor Ian Gow.

Sushi and refreshment were served during a short break after which Ian gave a fascinating talk on The Development of Japanese Football, with some Scottish connections.

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