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 ...

Nov 26, 2010

Japan's fashion impact charted

LONDON — The first exhibition in Europe to comprehensively survey avant-garde Japanese fashion has opened at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. The exhibition, which runs until February, shows how Japanese designers took the world by storm in the early 1980s and how their ...

Nov 20, 2010

Firms pan U.K. immigration plan

LONDON — Japanese firms are threatening to review future plans to invest in Britain if the new government follows through with its proposal to put an annual cap on immigration levels. Corporate executives have told ministers that moves to limit the number of skilled ...

Cornish estate steps in to save monk's camellia

Nov 4, 2010

Cornish estate steps in to save monk's camellia

LONDON — An ailing Buddhist monk from Kyoto, who was concerned his rare collection of camellias could be threatened in Japan, is “thrilled” after they found a new home at a British country estate. The 85-year-old, in ill health with dementia, feared that once ...

Nov 3, 2010

Titherington was ex-POW who never gave up

LONDON — Former prisoner of war Arthur Titherington, who died last month at the age of 88, was one of Britain’s foremost campaigners in the battle to get an apology and compensation from Japan over wartime atrocities. For years Titherington pursued cases in the ...

Photographer documents 'lost villages'

Oct 1, 2010

Photographer documents 'lost villages'

LONDON — Londoners are getting their first glimpse of the hundreds of Japanese villages suffering from the effects of depopulation. Sam Seager, 29, is exhibiting photos he took from all over Japan to highlight the growing problem of the exodus from the countryside to ...

Japanese vegetable farm is a hit in Britain

Sep 22, 2010

Japanese vegetable farm is a hit in Britain

LONDON — Britain’s first organic Japanese vegetable farm is flourishing as consumers in the United Kingdom become more health conscious and adventurous in their tastes. For the last few years, Robin and Ikuko Williams have been organically growing a range of Japanese vegetables for ...