William Hollingworth

For William Hollingworth's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Group addresses growing old in U.K.

Apr 15, 2014

Group addresses growing old in U.K.

Aging throws up many challenges, but the problems can often be compounded if you choose to spend your final years thousands of miles away from your home country. This is the situation faced by a growing number of Japanese — often women who have ...

Additional source for 2011 tsunami identified

Mar 25, 2014

Additional source for 2011 tsunami identified

For the last few years, a group of international scientists has been reassessing the cause of the March 2011 tsunami that inundated the Tohoku coastline. The common view among seismologists is that the tsunami was caused solely by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck in ...

Public backing of death penalty questioned

Feb 7, 2014

Public backing of death penalty questioned

When defending Japan’s use of the death penalty, the government always cites overwhelming public support for the policy, and the last survey in 2009 showed 86 percent backed the status quo. But a major new study by an academic in Britain shows “serious flaws” ...

Used 'mamachari' popular in London

Nov 15, 2013

Used 'mamachari' popular in London

Almost every Japanese household has one and they are an ever-present sight outside of shops and railway stations. Japan’s most common bicycle, the “mamachari” (literally mom’s bike), is used by people of all ages for short trips around the neighborhood. But now these utility ...

U.K. raises bar for dual nationality couples

Oct 11, 2013

U.K. raises bar for dual nationality couples

British student Stacey Gough and her Japanese boyfriend, Yoshihiro Ki, have decided to marry and get a spouse visa in Japan because they say the income requirement for having foreign partners is less stringent than in Britain. “Why is it moral to tear people ...

U.K. firms find new ways to mutually help Tohoku

Jun 29, 2013

U.K. firms find new ways to mutually help Tohoku

British companies operating in Japan have devised a unique program to reinvigorate businesses in Tohoku affected by the 2011 natural and nuclear disasters. Members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan raised ¥8.3 million to fund a range of projects designed to get ...

Chef seeks to revolutionize quality of British fish

Apr 10, 2013

Chef seeks to revolutionize quality of British fish

A London-based Japanese chef has embarked on a mission to share knowledge from his home country with the British fishing industry after becoming fed up with the poor quality of locally sourced seafood. Yoshinori Ishii, head chef at the restaurant UMU, has been visiting ...

Jan 30, 2013

U.K. plan to limit Japanese worries language teachers

Japanese language scholars have expressed concern at proposed plans that threaten to marginalize the teaching of Japanese at schools in England. At issue are proposals to focus on a narrow range of foreign languages in English elementary schools and possibly remove examinations in Japanese ...