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. ...

May 25, 2010

British POW kept in touch with Japanese camp guard for 64 years

LONDON — A British former prisoner of war has been telling of the enduring friendship he built up with his Japanese guard after corresponding with him for 64 years. John Baxter, 91, regularly exchanged birthday and Christmas cards with Hayato Hirano after the time ...

May 19, 2010

Japanese 'tourist tax' in Lake District criticized

LONDON — Japanese visitors to a picturesque corner of Britain are being asked to pay a small levy for the upkeep of the area — the first time a particular nationality has been targeted for donations by conservationists. Japanese are being invited to make ...

Mar 20, 2010

EU railway firms call for fair play

LONDON — Railways and the firms equipping them in Europe are calling on Japan to open up its market to free competition amid claims Tokyo is creating unnecessary barriers to protect domestic manufacturers. UNIFE, the Association of the European Rail Industry, says Japan is ...