Public backing of death penalty questioned

Feb 7, 2014

Public backing of death penalty questioned

When defending Japan’s use of the death penalty, the government always cites overwhelming public support for the policy, and the last survey in 2009 showed 86 percent backed the status quo. But a major new study by an academic in Britain shows “serious flaws” ...

Used 'mamachari' popular in London

Nov 15, 2013

Used 'mamachari' popular in London

Almost every Japanese household has one and they are an ever-present sight outside of shops and railway stations. Japan’s most common bicycle, the “mamachari” (literally mom’s bike), is used by people of all ages for short trips around the neighborhood. But now these utility ...

U.K. raises bar for dual nationality couples

Oct 11, 2013

U.K. raises bar for dual nationality couples

British student Stacey Gough and her Japanese boyfriend, Yoshihiro Ki, have decided to marry and get a spouse visa in Japan because they say the income requirement for having foreign partners is less stringent than in Britain. “Why is it moral to tear people ...

U.K. firms find new ways to mutually help Tohoku

Jun 29, 2013

U.K. firms find new ways to mutually help Tohoku

British companies operating in Japan have devised a unique program to reinvigorate businesses in Tohoku affected by the 2011 natural and nuclear disasters. Members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan raised ¥8.3 million to fund a range of projects designed to get ...

Chef seeks to revolutionize quality of British fish

Apr 10, 2013

Chef seeks to revolutionize quality of British fish

A London-based Japanese chef has embarked on a mission to share knowledge from his home country with the British fishing industry after becoming fed up with the poor quality of locally sourced seafood. Yoshinori Ishii, head chef at the restaurant UMU, has been visiting ...

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 ...