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, ...

Key London eateries keep bluefin but push other tuna

Jun 3, 2009

Key London eateries keep bluefin but push other tuna

LONDON — After years of criticism from environmentalists, two top Japanese restaurants in London are now advising diners to avoid selecting the endangered bluefin tuna — but they are keeping the fish on their menus. Environmentalists have slammed the compromise, saying the two restaurants ...

Kin of Aso mine workers demand apology

May 31, 2009

Kin of Aso mine workers demand apology

LONDON — Campaigners are calling on Prime Minister Taro Aso to apologize to and compensate the families of British men who were forced to work at a mine owned by Aso’s father during World War II. They are also urging the prime minister to ...

May 7, 2009

Japanese tourists to Britain on fast decline

LONDON — Japan has taken the title of “fastest declining market” for the British tourist industry, according to an analysis of data over the last eight years. Japan beat the likes of Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia to have the fastest declining market by ...

Geisha 'trans'-formation more than meets the eye

Apr 25, 2009

Geisha 'trans'-formation more than meets the eye

LONDON (Kyodo) Every day female tourists flock to the ancient city of Kyoto to dress up as geisha and fulfill a lifelong fantasy. But one studio was a little surprised to find that one of its customers was British transsexual Mary Murdock, who wanted ...