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 ...

Ex-JET teacher dashed from U.K. to help

May 3, 2011

Ex-JET teacher dashed from U.K. to help

While most foreigners were busy leaving the Tohoku region following the March 11 disaster, a British man living in London felt compelled to ignore the travel advice and head to the region to assist with relief efforts. Trainee accountant Luke Dunn, 28, managed to ...

May 2, 2011

U.K. experts split on chances of grand coalition

Observers in Britain are divided on the prospects of a grand coalition forming in Japan. A former editor of The Economist, Bill Emmott, believes the immense reconstruction challenges facing Japan in light of the March 11 disasters and nuclear crisis mean that a grand ...

Apr 23, 2011

Memory of Sellafield leak rekindled

The release of radioactive materials into the Pacific from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is being closely monitored by scientists still observing the consequences of a similar incident in Britain more than 36 years ago. The mid-1970s saw a sharp increase in ...

Mar 2, 2011

'Kawaii' culture taking hold in U.K.

LONDON — Japan’s “kawaii” (cute) pop culture style is making an impact on Britain’s youth and influencing the wider society, according to experts. Over the last 10 years, the country’s youngsters have started to embrace the whole spectrum of kawaii — from the extremes ...