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 ...

Aug 6, 2010

Hiroshima hibakusha in London relates plight of A-bomb orphans

LONDON — Londoners are learning about the plight of 2,000 orphans “ignored” by authorities following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 65 years ago. Shozo Kawamoto, 76, has visited various venues in the British capital in the runup to Friday’s anniversary to educate more people ...

Jul 23, 2010

British exhibition shines light on ancient figurines

LONDON — Prehistoric Japanese and Balkan figurines are being shown alongside each other for the first time as historians try to shed further light on why they were produced. Around 100 small ceramic figurines thousands of years old are on show at the Sainsbury ...

Jul 2, 2010

Japan hopes to halt slide in British JET numbers

LONDON — Japanese diplomats say they are working hard to stop the decline in the number of British participants in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. They recognize the concerns of the U.K.-Japan 21st Century Group, which recently highlighted the drop in the number ...

Jun 18, 2010

Olympic team will warm up at Brit school

LONDON — A British university is busy preparing to become home for Japan’s sporting stars in the runup to the London 2012 Olympics. Staff at central England’s Loughborough University have been brushing up on the Japanese language, food and culture before the team arrives. ...