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 ...

May 29, 2007

U.K. tycoon lawmaker targets Japan's 'bribed' whaling allies

A wealthy British parliamentarian and entrepreneur is funding an “unprecedented” TV campaign to try to dissuade six small Caribbean nations from voting with Japan at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission that starts Monday. Michael Ashcroft has devised a $500,000 ad campaign ...

British farmers' 'wagyu' beef strains prove a hit

May 9, 2007

British farmers' 'wagyu' beef strains prove a hit

Following the mad cow disease scare in Britain and a desire to eat better quality food, Japanese beef is increasing in popularity here, and some farmers are using Japanese techniques to improve the quality of their meat. Since 2000, farmer David Wynne Finch has ...

Mar 28, 2007

London mayor likens toll snub to war stance

The mayor of London has used Japan’s role in World War II to attack its embassy in London for refusing to pay a controversial road charge. Commenting recently about Japan’s decision not to contribute toward the central London congestion motoring charge, Ken Livingstone told ...

Scotch expert inspirited by wee dram

Mar 9, 2007

Scotch expert inspirited by wee dram

When delegates at a whisky fair in Paris prepared to meet the author of an exhaustive study of Scotland’s distilleries, they expected to be greeted by a mature Scotsman. Imagine their surprise, then, when they learned the writer was Misako Udo, who originally hails ...

Archives: Stalin, Kim, Mao plotted Japan invasion?

Feb 21, 2007

Archives: Stalin, Kim, Mao plotted Japan invasion?

U.S. Army intelligence officials were told that China, the Soviet Union and North Korea planned to invade Japan during the Korean War, according to documents uncovered by Kyodo News at the National Archives in London. An unnamed source told the officials that the three ...

Feb 15, 2007

Famed British bus to find new home in Shimonoseki

The residents of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, might soon be driven to thinking they are in the heart of central London. The coastal city will take possession of a distinctive red double-decker Routemaster bus that used to travel the streets of London and is considered ...

Feb 14, 2007

British, French clashed over Akihito's induction

Queen Elizabeth II decided against giving an honor to Emperor Akihito on his official installation as Crown Prince because it was too soon after the war. To top it off, Britain’s senior representative in Tokyo then became furious when he learned his French counterpart ...