U.K. affinity for Japan pop fuels language interest anew

Oct 27, 2007

U.K. affinity for Japan pop fuels language interest anew

The popularity of contemporary Japanese culture in Britain is helping to fuel a growing number of applications to study Japanese at universities, academics said. Whereas in the 1980s the prime motivating factor for learning Japanese was business, today’s reasons are more diverse, they said. ...

Oct 16, 2007

BNG set to start shipping radioactive waste again

A series of shipments containing highly radioactive waste will leave Britain for Japan next year, with possibly more consignments afterward if Japanese electricity companies agree to a deal offered by the British government, according to a source in the Japanese power industry. Approximately 127,500 ...

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 ...