Mount Fuji

The Team

The Hosts

Noel Thatcher

Noel competed as a visually impared long distance runner in 6 paralypic games between 1984 and 2004. He collected 5 gold medals and was inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.


He regularly trained in Japan and continues to promote Japan/UK Friendship through sports. In 2020 he was awarded the Japanese Foreign Ministers Commendation for his work. 

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Mike Salter

Mike competed for Team GB and Northern Ireland as a sabre fencer until 2010. Since 2013 he was been working as a Para-fencing referee. 


He has worked for various Japanese organisations inside and outside Japan, and still works for a Japanese Governmental Organisation in London.  

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Our Partner

We are proudly partnered with the Japan Research Centre at SOAS, University of London. We are especially thankful to Dr Helen Macnaughtan, Chair of the JRC and to Exectuive Office Charles Taillandier-Ubsdell, our editor. 

The Japan Research Centre (JRC) has been the forum for Japan -related research activities at SOAS since 1978.  The JRC develops and coordinates academic research and teaching, drawing upon the expertise of the Japan specialists who are based in various departments throughout the School.  The fields covered by academic members of staff include anthropology, art and archaeology, drama, economics, geography, history, language and literature, law, media, music, linguistics, politics, religion and sociology. With one of the largest concentration of Japan specialists outside Japan, the JRC acts as a national and international centre for Japanese studies.  The Centre also hosts research associates and visiting scholars who are working on projects relevant to the Centre.

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