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For Michael Holden's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds a sign in London on Tuesday. Assange's many supporters hail him as an anti-establishment hero who is being persecuted for exposing U.S. wrongdoing and alleged war crimes.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Mar 26, 2024
Julian Assange wins temporary reprieve from extradition to U.S.
U.S. prosecutors are seeking to put Assange on trial under the Espionage Act over WikiLeaks' high-profile release of confidential U.S. records.
Britain's King Charles leaves the London Clinic with Britain's Queen Camilla after receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate, in London on Jan. 29.
WORLD
Feb 6, 2024
King Charles diagnosed with cancer just 18 months into his reign
Buckingham Palace said that the king would postpone public-facing duties while he undergoes treatment.
Police patrol the Champs Elysees in Paris last month amid security concerns following a deadly knife attack in northern France.
WORLD
Nov 25, 2023
Gaza war raises risk of Islamist extremism in Europe
Intelligence in five European countries including Britain, Germany and France said they are increasing surveillance of Islamist militants.
Manchester Crown Court, the venue for the trial of Lucy Letby, who was found guilty of murdering seven newborn babies and trying to kill another six.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Aug 19, 2023
'I am evil': British nurse guilty of murdering seven newborn babies
Lucy Letby, 33, was convicted of killing five baby boys and two baby girls and attacking other newborns.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 4, 2023
The remarkable rehabilitation of Camilla, queen consort
Royal aides tasked with rebuilding the tarnished reputation of the royal family as a whole have spent years slowly integrating the king's former lover into her current role.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 19, 2022
Leaders and monarchs gather for final farewell to Queen Elizabeth
Hundreds of thousands of people lined up to file past the casket of Britain's longest-reigning monarch at London's historic Westminster Hall during her lying-in-state.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Sep 9, 2022
Queen Elizabeth's reign: Golden age, or last embers of a bygone era?
Some commentators describe her reign as a 'golden age' reminiscent of that of her namesake Elizabeth I, who ruled England during a period of growing power and cultural flourishing.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 3, 2022
Beaming Queen Elizabeth waves to jubilee crowds, but will miss Friday service
The 96-year-old monarch appeared alongside her family, but the palace later said she had experienced a recurrence of mobility problems and some discomfort.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Apr 29, 2022
Local elections could spell end of the party for U.K.'s Johnson
Conservative lawmakers are wondering if Johnson is still an electoral asset, and a poor showing in local elections next Thursday might provoke a leadership challenge.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 11, 2022
Uniqlo does a U-turn and joins global shunning of Russia
The two companies had been notable standouts among major brands, saying they would continue doing business in Russia amid the imposition of massive trade and banking sanctions.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 9, 2021
Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99
Prince Philip, who was Queen Elizabeth's husband for more than seven decades and helped to modernize the British monarchy and steer the royal family through repeated crises, died on Friday. He was 99.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 9, 2021
Outspoken and irascible, Prince Philip was a fierce defender of the crown
A blunt-speaking naval officer who as Queen Elizabeth's dutiful consort helped modernize the British monarchy, Prince Philip might be best remembered for his gruff public persona.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 4, 2021
In interview, Meghan Markle accuses Buckingham Palace of 'perpetuating falsehoods'
Prince Harry's wife Meghan has accused Buckingham Palace of "perpetuating falsehoods" about her and her spouse, saying the royal couple would not be silent in telling their story.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Nov 2, 2020
Johnny Depp loses 'wife beater' libel case against The Sun
Hollywood star Johnny Depp on Monday lost his libel battle with a British tabloid that labelled him a “wife beater,” after a London High Court judge ruled he had repeatedly assaulted his former partner and put her in fear for her life.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 9, 2019
Has the British media turned on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?
Last May, millions across the world tuned in to watch Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Prince Harry tie the knot with his American fiancee, Meghan Markle, with the media feting the couple as the epitome of glamour and royal modernity.
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 30, 2016
New cat in town: Unpublished Beatrix Potter story found
A story by children's author Beatrix Potter, written more than a century ago, is to be published for the first time after its recent rediscovery. The tale featuressome of Potter's best-known characters such as Peter Rabbit.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 18, 2015
EU security agencies face uphill battle in quest for broader access to communications
From allowing spies greater access to communications and extending phone taps to collating databases of air passengers, European governments are looking to expand the powers of their security agencies after this month's Paris attacks.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Oct 22, 2014
U.K. politicians fall back on tough talk as de-radicalization efforts flounder
Mizanur Rahman laughs when he recalls the de-radicalization program he was sent on in 2008 after being released from a British jail where he had served two years for inciting violence against British and American troops.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Sep 5, 2014
A Scottish 'yes' vote may not be such a big change for the queen
Scotland's vote on independence this month means Queen Elizabeth II faces a division in her kingdom not seen since the days of her namesake, Elizabeth I, at the start of the 17th century.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on