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 ...

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 ...