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 ...

Mar 10, 2010

Japanese game show takes the world by storm

LONDON — A Japanese game show is taking the world by storm by becoming one of the top TV formats of recent times. “Hole in the Wall” originally started off on Fuji Television Network in Japan, but has been sold now in more than ...

Dec 24, 2009

Thatched church re-created in Osaka hotel

LONDON — A pretty, thatched church has been re-created in an Osaka hotel to give Japanese couples a sense of English tradition for their wedding ceremonies. Work has just been completed on the replica in Osaka’s Monterey Grasmere Hotel modeled on All Saints Church ...

Dec 23, 2009

Japan-U.K. travelers tap cheaper, indirect flights

LONDON — Travelers flying between Britain and Japan are increasingly opting for indirect routes due to the recession and convenient transits, according to industry officials. Travel officials have noted more people opting for flights requiring them to transfer in continental European capitals, with Finnair’s ...