Nov 10, 2006

Japan works on a makeover to attract more Europeans

In an effort to woo younger European travelers, Japanese tourism officials launched a campaign highlighting the country’s contribution to contemporary arts and culture. Staff at the Japan National Tourist Organization are also hoping to attract spa-lovers by promoting Japan’s many “onsen” (hot springs) and ...

Joint effort preserves rare lacquer chest

Sep 25, 2006

Joint effort preserves rare lacquer chest

A major project to save one of the finest pieces of exported Japanese lacquer is under way in Britain. It is hoped that the four years of collaboration between British and Japanese experts will build mutual understanding and provide future conservators with information on ...

Aug 8, 2006

Japan's real ales a big hit at London beer bash

Japanese real ales made their debut at this year’s Great British Beer Festival in London. Toshi Ishii, 38, a brewer from Nagano Prefecture, has been selling two of his most popular brands of real ale and the response from British connoisseurs has been favorable. ...

Jun 17, 2006

U.K. feared royal ire over finger food

British officials in June 1976 feared they had embarrassed then Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko by subjecting them to a rather unrefined medieval banquet during their trip to Britain, according to files released to Kyodo News under freedom of information laws. In a ...

May 22, 2006

Whaling nations appear set to take control of IWC

LONDON (Kyodo) Japan and other nations that favor whaling look set to take control of the International Whaling Commission next month, with environmentalists warning the mammals face one of their biggest threats since the ban on commercial hunting was introduced. But if the prowhaling ...

Apr 11, 2006

Japanese seen handling most British car production

LONDON (Kyodo) Japanese manufacturers are expected to produce more than half of Britain’s cars for the first time this year following years of substantial investment and the demise of the last British-owned mass carmaker. Figures show that Nissan Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and ...

Service targets Brits seeking taste of home

Dec 20, 2005

Service targets Brits seeking taste of home

Expatriates in Japan who feel jaded by noodles and rice and long for British food are increasingly turning to a new Web site. The site — distantbrits.co.uk — supplies British products across the world, and Japan is its biggest market in Asia and is ...

Dec 7, 2005

U.K. to aid East Asia studies

The British government will create centers-of-excellence in Japanese and Chinese studies following concern over the closure of several East Asian courses. The centers are expected to be formed by several existing university departments working in collaboration and will offer support and training. A number ...