The history of the relationship between Japan and Britain began in 1600 with the arrival of William Adams (Adams the Pilot, Miura Anjin) on the shores of Kyushu at Usuki in Ōita Prefecture. During the Sakoku period (1641–1853), there were no relations between the two countries, but the treaty of 1854 saw the resumption of ties which, despite a hiatus during the Second World War, remain very strong up until the present day. On 3 May 2011, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that Japan was “one of closest partners in Asia”. British people have often held the view that Japan is like “the Britain of the East”, due to certain cultural similarities such as the constitutional monarchy, being an island nation, driving on the left, sense of humor and a perceived emphasis on being polite whilst coming across to others as reserved.