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 ...

Jan 20, 2007

Japanese students choose U.K. less

The number of Japanese and other East Asians coming to Britain to study English has fallen in recent years as more young people are opting to study the language at home. The numbers from Japan are decreasing for several reasons — a weak Japanese ...

U.K. sought accessible Hirohito

Dec 30, 2006

U.K. sought accessible Hirohito

Japan should have made more use of the late Emperor Hirohito and allowed him to interact with ordinary members of the public, a disclosed dispatch from Britain’s ambassador to Japan in 1976 showed Friday. Michael Wilford believed the Emperor was little more than a ...

Dec 26, 2006

Japanese, Chinese unite to save London mall from ball

Japanese and Chinese residents living in London are fighting plans to demolish a shopping mall that has served their needs for the last 13 years. They say the move symbolizes the Far Eastern community’s lack of influence in Britain when compared to other ethnic ...

Dec 15, 2006

U.K. firm hopes to restart MOX trade

Seven years after a scandal dashed Britain’s hopes of exporting nuclear fuel to Japan, there are signs that shipments could begin again in the near future. A source familiar with the Japanese nuclear industry said British Nuclear Group Ltd. could be asked to provide ...

Dec 2, 2006

U.K. media simplify Japanese views on war issues: scholar

The British media tend to give undue prominence to nationalist voices when reporting events related to the war Japan waged in the first half of the 20th century, an academic said. Philip Seaton, an associate professor at Hokkaido University’s Institute of Language and Culture ...

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 ...