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 ...

Oct 28, 2009

U.K. 'wagyu' cross-breed an affordable favorite

LONDON — “Wagyu” beef has long been the preserve of Britain’s exclusive restaurants and London’s high-end stores, like Harrods. However, the average bloke in the street will soon be able to have a taste of the prized wagyu thanks to a major supermarket chain ...

Sep 24, 2009

Ex-expat, son finish 15,685-km Ireland-Tokyo cycling trip

LONDON — Briton Mark Swain and his son, Sam, are taking a well-earned rest after becoming the first father-and-son team to cycle from the west of Ireland to Japan. Mark, a former resident of Tokyo, and Sam, 19, endured a host of challenges during ...

New book explores Blackman case

Sep 7, 2009

New book explores Blackman case

LONDON — A new book bringing fresh insight into the death of Tokyo hostess Lucie Blackman has been written by London-based journalist Clare Campbell. She was able to see Blackman’s diaries as well as other family documents in compiling an account of the victim’s ...

European calls mount for bluefin trade ban

Aug 11, 2009

European calls mount for bluefin trade ban

LONDON (Kyodo) France, Britain and Germany have set themselves on a collision course with Japan after they backed moves to ban international trade in northern bluefin tuna at a forthcoming environmental conference. The three European nations have also joined the Netherlands in supporting a ...

Jul 25, 2009

Japan carmakers in Europe in high-, low-end squeeze

LONDON (Kyodo) Battered by the global economic downturn, Japan’s automakers are finding life difficult in the European market as competitors old and new pile on the pressure, according to industry analysts. While at the lower end of the market, they are being undercut by ...

Isuzu importer bags U.K. woman's award

Jul 10, 2009

Isuzu importer bags U.K. woman's award

LONDON (Kyodo) British businesswoman Nikki King knows all about male chauvinism, having overcome a ton of it while setting up a thriving firm importing Japanese trucks. King, who has just won a top female business award in Britain, said she struggled to gain recognition ...

Jun 6, 2009

Tributes for suicide couple flood Web site

LONDON — Tributes have been flooding in for a Japanese woman and her British husband who committed suicide following the death of their profoundly disabled son. Friends and strangers have been inundating a Web site set up by Kazumi Puttick and her husband, Neil, ...