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 ...

Dec 11, 2009

British town's seniors oppose sister-city plans

LONDON — Elderly residents in a British town are opposing plans to set up links with a community in Japan, claiming that memories of World War II are still too raw. Barbara Pagett, a member of the local council in Lytham St. Annes, which ...

Nov 16, 2009

Team Hatoyama off to good start: ex-Blair adviser

changes (to strengthen the center) and what effect we felt they had. I briefed them on our meetings structures, forward planning functions, liaison within the government and also some of the structures we set up during major international crises.” The DPJ has also taken ...

Scot honored for service to Japan

Nov 6, 2009

Scot honored for service to Japan

LONDON — A Scotsman credited with preventing thousands of Japanese from dying of cholera in the 19th century is being officially honored in his hometown of Edinburgh. Officials have unveiled a stone bench to commemorate the important but little known life of William Burton, ...

U.K. to press for rights of fathers

Nov 3, 2009

U.K. to press for rights of fathers

LONDON — The British government will put fresh pressure on Tokyo to improve the rights of its citizens seeking access to their children living in Japan with estranged partners. The effort is to cover Britons who are either seeking the return of their kids ...