Jul 11, 2008

Brit expert lauds Japan's schools, points to some challenges ahead

Despite fears about declining academic standards, Japan’s elementary school system is functioning well and can act as a model for other nations, a leading British expert says. Peter Cave of Manchester University believes the Japanese way brings out the best in 6- to 12-year-olds, ...

Jun 7, 2008

Iceland whaler defends fin meat export to Japan

A whaler behind the controversial export of fin whale meat from Iceland to Japan defended the trade Thursday and expressed hope that it will be the start of business between the two nations. Kristjan Loftsson, chief executive officer of Icelandic whaling company Hvalur, confirmed ...

Equestrian to take Silk Road from U.K. to Japan

May 8, 2008

Equestrian to take Silk Road from U.K. to Japan

A young British woman is preparing to travel from London to Tokyo on horseback following ancient trading routes. Becky Sampson, 24, will leave London at the start of August and plans to make her way through Europe, Central Asia and China before arriving in ...

Ex-soldier who reconciled with British sparks fond memories

May 6, 2008

Ex-soldier who reconciled with British sparks fond memories

Tributes have been paid to a former Japanese soldier who while living in Britain played a crucial role in fostering reconciliation between men who were previously wartime enemies. Masao Hirakubo, who died at age 88 in March, has been described as a “lynch pin” ...

Japanese funds go to restore U.K. potter's studio

Mar 28, 2008

Japanese funds go to restore U.K. potter's studio

The workshop of a celebrated British potter who drew much of his inspiration from Japan and led the craft pottery movement in Britain has been restored to its former glory and opened to the public after a massive fundraising effort. A variety of organizations ...

Mar 28, 2008

Blackman's parents split on Obara appeal trial

The appeal against the acquittal of Joji Obara on charges of murdering Lucie Blackman is dividing the parents of the slain Tokyo bar hostess. While her mother, Jane Steare, supports the Tokyo High Court appeal trial by prosecutors that started Tuesday, her ex-husband and ...

Mar 22, 2008

Japanese expats fret Britain's English requirement

The Japanese community in Britain is hoping the government will rethink plans for a new English language requirement for foreign nationals coming to work in the country. The Japanese Embassy in London has expressed “serious concern” at initial government plans to ensure that all ...

Feb 13, 2008

Conservationists pan Tokyo talks on saving bluefin

Environmentalists trying to preserve endangered stocks of bluefin tuna in Europe do not think an upcoming international conference in Tokyo will alleviate the crisis. They believe the meeting of industry figures in March will merely paper over the cracks because it will not address ...

Dec 29, 2007

'Anti-Japanese' documentary riled late Prime Minister Fukuda in '70s

The late Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda was infuriated by an “anti-Japanese” TV documentary that cast his nation’s companies in a bad light as they considered setting up bases in Britain, according to official documents from 1977 released Friday. The controversial program, “Eastern Promise,” which ...