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 ...

Eurofighter faces tough dogfight with U.S.

Sep 29, 2011

Eurofighter faces tough dogfight with U.S.

Over the next few months, a consortium of European manufacturers is hoping to persuade the Japanese government to place a multibillion-dollar order for the Eurofighter Typhoon as the country’s next mainstay fighter aircraft. Also in the running are the F-35 Lightning II fighter, or ...

Hague campaigners doubt Japan's sincerity

Aug 9, 2011

Hague campaigners doubt Japan's sincerity

Campaigners in Britain welcome Japan’s plans to sign up for a treaty on settling cross-border child custody disputes but feel new procedures are needed to effectively implement the agreement. Japan said in May it will join the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects ...

Jul 8, 2011

Small British aid group was quick on the scene in Tohoku disaster

While the March 11 natural disaster saw household names in the charity sector step forward, one relatively unknown and smaller British organization found its offerings very much in demand. ShelterBox, set up by former search-and-rescue officer Tom Henderson, has provided aid and tents to ...