William Hollingworth
Japan Times
May 7, 2023
Britain's coronation ceremony evolves to take account of diversity
The planners tried to make the event more representative of modern Britain by involving other religions and people from a wider variety of backgrounds.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Nov 22, 2022
New research challenges WWII pro-Japan British 'spy' allegations
While William Sempill has been associated with accusations of passing secret to Japan, a new paper is aiming to clear his name.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Aug 16, 2022
Ukraine crisis to slow U.K. engagement in Indo-Pacific
Britain's immediate priority is to extend military and economic aid to Ukraine and strengthen defense and deterrence against Russia in partnership with other NATO members.
Japan Times
May 16, 2022
Drama and exhibition portray the struggles and successes of Japanese women who moved to the U.K.
The stories document the interviewees' changing relationships with both Britain and Japan and unveil the shifting views of Japan in Britain over many decades.
Japan Times
Mar 25, 2021
Japanese companies still gauging future of post-Brexit U.K.
Uncertainty surrounding the U.K.'s 2020 exit from the European Union has reduced the number of Japanese firms operating in the country.
Japan Times
Nov 5, 2020
British electric car industry worried about future Japanese investment
Japanese companies based in the U.K. are facing the possibility of 10% tariffs on exports of electric cars into the European Union.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Sep 8, 2020
New insights gleaned as U.K. and Japan's royal exchanges revisited
A treasure trove of items gifted by Japan has been documented for a forthcoming exhibition.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2020
Japan-U.K. trade deal faces hurdles despite good intentions
Tokyo has signaled it will not simply 'cut and paste' the terms from its European Union trade agreement.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 1, 2020
Japan needs foster care rather than institutions, say U.K. experts
With Japan placing around 85 percent of children and babies who need care in institutions, the nation needs to increase provisions for foster care, according to British-based experts on the welfare and rights of vulnerable children.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Feb 27, 2020
London museum shows evolution and global impact of kimono
A major exhibition on kimono is being staged in London to show the garment's unique and evolving contribution to the global fashion industry.
Japan Times
Nov 25, 2019
For Japanese firms, U.K. election win by Boris Johnson unlikely to assuage 'hard Brexit' fears
The likely re-election of Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not end the Brexit uncertainty for Japanese firms that are also worried about the impact of his "hard Brexit" vision for the country, according to trade experts.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Aug 11, 2019
Debate over Western tastes in the traditional Japanese tea bowl brews overseas
The Japanese tea bowl has inspired a number of Western potters to produce their own interpretations in recent decades — but to mixed reactions from artists and experts.
Japan Times
Jun 15, 2019
'African Samurai': The story of Yasuke — black samurai and warlord's confidant
The epic tale of Yasuke, Japan's first foreign-born samurai has hit bookshelves, giving readers a comprehensive picture of a man who witnessed great moments of history, but whose story has largely been overlooked in official accounts.
Japan Times
May 2, 2019
Friend of Japanese imperial family recalls hosting party in England for 'quite shy' new emperor in '80s
A British woman whose family has had close connections to the imperial family described her "great honor" recently at having hosted a party for Emperor Naruhito, then a prince, while he was studying at Oxford University in 1984.
Japan Times
May 1, 2019
English lessons, tennis and days out: Emperor's host in U.K. before Oxford recalls 'delightful guest'
As Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne Wednesday, the man who was entrusted with his care while he was studying in the U.K. wished the emperor every success in his new role.
Japan Times
Feb 9, 2019
'Cherry' Ingram: An homage to the British savior of Japan's cherry blossoms
Naoko Abe's ''Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan's Blossoms,' an enchanting story about an Englishman's attempts to preserve Japan's rich cherry tree heritage in the face of rapid modernization, is due to hit bookshelves across the world in March.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 21, 2018
Scientists warn of 'unprecedented changes' on Japan's marine life as amount of CO2 increases
Japan's marine life could see "unprecedented changes" if carbon dioxide emissions keep increasing, a team of British, Japanese and Italian scientists warned in a recently published study.
Japan Times
Jul 3, 2018
Japanese concierge goes the extra mile at iconic London hotel
No request is ever too much for Toru Machida, who prides himself on fulfilling the needs of guests at one of the world's most famous five-star hotels.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 5, 2018
British envoy criticized Japan's role in Gulf War as 'too little, too late' in recently declassified documents
Japan's response to the Gulf War in 1990 was "too little, too late" and made the economic superpower look like a "political pygmy," according to a critical assessment by Britain's ambassador to Japan in recently declassified files.
Japan Times
Apr 4, 2018
Abduction issue takes center stage in London in 'The Great Wave'
A new play based on the abduction of Japanese citizens to North Korea has been captivating and educating audiences at the National Theatre in London.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals