Sep 28, 2007

Japan studies in U.K. to get funding boost

In response to concerns about a lack of funding for Japanese studies at British universities, a major cash injection will be announced next month in the form of new teaching posts. In October, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Nippon Foundation will announce ...

Aug 31, 2007

Sushi chefs in Europe slam fish-freezing regulation

Japanese chefs in Europe who serve up sushi and sashimi are criticizing a law requiring them to deep-freeze their produce prior to preparation, arguing the quality of the end product is suffering. They say the regulations, designed to ensure diners are not exposed to ...

Aug 18, 2007

Organic Japanese food hot items in U.K., Europe

Demand for organic Japanese food has grown “phenomenally” over the last few years as more Europeans opt for healthier diets, according to a major importer who was recently commended by the Japanese government for his efforts. Christopher Dawson, chairman of Clearspring Ltd., says his ...

Aug 15, 2007

Parents irked at Hawker slaying manhunt gone cold

The father of murdered Briton Lindsay Ann Hawker said Monday it was “disgraceful” that police did not arrest suspect Tatsuya Ichihashi when they first called at his apartment in Chiba Prefecture following his daughter’s disappearance. Her mother, Julia, also said she was “disappointed” with ...

Aug 11, 2007

British academic to write account of 1985 JAL crash

A British academic is to write the first comprehensive account in English of Japan’s worst aviation accident, hoping to put a fresh perspective on a tragedy that has interested people for the last 22 years. Christopher Hood is looking into all aspects of the ...

Anglicans ordain first Japan woman

Aug 7, 2007

Anglicans ordain first Japan woman

LONDON (Kyodo) Ikuko Williams has made history by becoming the first Japanese woman ordained as a minister in the Church of England. The Rev. Williams, 48, was recently made a deacon at an ordination service at Ripon Cathedral in Yorkshire, northern England. She is ...

Lensless Lennon shades go on auction

Jul 28, 2007

Lensless Lennon shades go on auction

An online auction of John Lennon’s sunglasses frames, which he gave to his Japanese translator at the end of the Beatles’ controversial concerts in Tokyo, is attracting great interest, and organizers hope they fetch as much as $2 million. Lennon and his Japanese translator ...

Jun 12, 2007

U.K. celeb chef gets on bluefin's side

Japanese consumers are being urged to stop eating endangered bluefin tuna after a celebrity chef with restaurants in Japan decided to take it off all his menus. Gordon Ramsay, who has two restaurants at the Conrad Tokyo hotel, has removed the endangered fish from ...

Jun 8, 2007

Forum sinks Japan whale trade plan

Japan’s attempts to “reopen the commercial trade in whale products” have been frustrated at an international conference, conservationists claimed Wednesday. Japan had proposed setting up a review to consider whether all of the great whale species should remain on an endangered list that prevents ...