Jan 30, 2013

U.K. plan to limit Japanese worries language teachers

Japanese language scholars have expressed concern at proposed plans that threaten to marginalize the teaching of Japanese at schools in England. At issue are proposals to focus on a narrow range of foreign languages in English elementary schools and possibly remove examinations in Japanese ...

U.K. festival marks 400 years of ties with Japan

Jan 18, 2013

U.K. festival marks 400 years of ties with Japan

A yearlong series of cultural events has been launched in Britain to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the establishment of relations with Japan. The so-called Japan400 cultural festival will see some 100 events explore the adventurous spirit behind the first exchanges between the two ...

Table for Two NPO eyes  larger overseas presence

Nov 14, 2012

Table for Two NPO eyes larger overseas presence

One of Japan’s fastest-growing nonprofit organizations, which has distributed 16 million meals to African children, is raising its international profile and drawing inspiration from Britain’s charitable sector. Organizers from Table for Two — a group that aims to simultaneously tackle the global problems of ...

Play areas few for kids uprooted by tsunami

Aug 10, 2012

Play areas few for kids uprooted by tsunami

Japanese authorities should create more children’s play areas in temporary housing zones set up for March 2011 disaster evacuees, according to landscape experts in Britain and Japan. Helen Woolley, a chartered landscape architect at Sheffield University in England, warned that not enough thought was ...

Japan, U.K. to team up on defense projects

Jun 1, 2012

Japan, U.K. to team up on defense projects

Plans for Britain and Japan to collaborate on defense projects are likely to be “uncontroversial” in the early stages before moving toward more substantial programs in the future, experts say. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his British counterpart, David Cameron, agreed in April to ...

Physicist's ice creams wow chefs in London

Apr 24, 2012

Physicist's ice creams wow chefs in London

A Japanese woman whose ice cream was praised by a Michelin-starred chef during a popular British cooking competition is now bringing a range of Japanese-themed flavors to Londoners. Aki Matsushima found fame after reaching the latter stages of the BBC’s MasterChef competition — an ...

Traditional tweed finds a new life in Japan

Mar 30, 2012

Traditional tweed finds a new life in Japan

Japanese customers are helping breathe new life into a traditional cloth-making industry centered on islands along Scotland’s northwest coastline. Japan, snapping up around 40 percent of the exported products, has become the biggest market for Harris Tweed. Drawn by the quality of the handwoven ...

Deafness no barrier for choreographer

Dec 2, 2011

Deafness no barrier for choreographer

Despite being deaf, a Japanese woman in London is forging a successful career as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Chisato Minamimura uses her own unique methods to create works of contemporary dance that have been performed in Britain and across the world. Some of ...