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William Hollingworth
For William Hollingworth's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 1, 2018
'Softening' of 'cool' Japanese men not what it seems: book
Japanese men are showing a "softer" side at work and in the home but some of their traditional masculine attitudes are still prevailing, according to new research by Cambridge University.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 19, 2018
Ex-JETs a major source of Japan's soft power: U.K. study
Japan's soft power has been boosted immeasurably by its decades-long policy of recruiting foreign graduates to come and teach in the country, according to a study by a British-based researcher.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Dec 20, 2017
U.K. may struggle to top Japan-EU trade terms after Brexit
Despite hopes for a good free trade deal with Japan, the United Kingdom is unlikely to improve on the recent agreement between Tokyo and Brussels, and could end up worse off, experts say.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 15, 2017
Brighton artisan becomes overseas go-to man to fix ancient Japanese armor
Robert Soanes perhaps was not your typical British teenager. But he never considered himself to be a warrior, either.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 25, 2017
British charity JAWS still raising money, awareness for animal welfare in Japan long after WWII
Appalled by the shocking sight of emaciated and dying dogs and horses in Tokyo after World War II, two British women set about raising money to improve animal welfare in Japan and, in the process, changed public attitudes in the country.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 22, 2017
Team investigates effects of acidification on marine ecosystem
British and Japanese scientists are conducting new research seeking to discover how Japan's marine ecosystem may be affected by global warming.
JAPAN
Jan 2, 2017
Study explores deafening silence in Japan's English-language classes
English-language teachers in Japan often complain about being met by a wall of silence when they ask students to talk in class.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 2, 2016
Sixty years on, Japanese women's group in Britain still a bastion of solidarity, outreach
In the mid-1950s, Britain's relations with Japan were still fragile in the aftermath of the war and Japanese residents of London felt a strong desire to heal the wounds.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 24, 2016
Doubts remain over Japanese automakers' plans after British exit
Despite Nissan Motor Co.'s decision to keep automotive production in Britain after its exit from the European Union, industry experts have mixed views over whether other Japanese carmakers will follow suit.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / ANALYSIS
Sep 13, 2016
Brexit may carry costs for Japan, making EU more pro-China: experts
Britain's decision to leave the European Union may weaken the continent's relations with both Japan and China and leave all parties looking to realign their relationships, analysts have said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 14, 2016
Fukushima evacuations were not worth the money, study says
The costs of evacuating residents from near the Fukushima No. 1 plant and the dislocation the people experienced were greater than their expected gain in longevity, a British study has found.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 10, 2016
Grandson of wartime internee embraces reconciliation with life in Japan
For the grandchildren of those who were imprisoned by the Japanese during World War II, it is perhaps understandable that some may still hold hostility toward Japan and its people.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Dec 22, 2015
British wartime 'Course Boys' played key role in nurturing Anglo-Japanese ties
When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the British government realized it urgently needed more Japanese speakers and put out an appeal to the nation's schools for talented linguists.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 18, 2015
Japan still carries child abduction 'black hole' stigma despite signing to Hague Convention: expert
A security expert who specializes in the safe recovery of children abducted in cross-border custody disputes is skeptical about whether Japan will ever shake its reputation as the "black hole of international parental child abduction."
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 24, 2015
British washi evangelist rolls out medium as canvas for artists
Growing numbers of artists and designers in Britain are exploring the potential of handmade Japanese paper as a new material with which to work, according to artist Elaine Cooper, one of the very few foreign experts in the field.
CULTURE / Stage
Nov 21, 2015
One-man 'Madam Butterfly' sequel debuts in London
A sequel to Giacomo Puccini's classic opera "Madam Butterfly" is being staged for the first time at a London theater and the creators hope they can take it eventually to the place of the original story's setting in Nagasaki, southwestern Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 25, 2015
New reforms threaten future of Japanese language study in England
Teachers in England are concerned the study of Japanese in their country could be severely undermined in light of plans to scrap one of the most important exams in the subject.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 18, 2015
U.K. warms to idea of Japanese-style office naps
Taking a quick nap at your desk or even in a meeting is not an uncommon sight in Japanese offices, but it's something you're unlikely to find in Britain, where workers are expected to remain alert at all times.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Jun 12, 2015
As Magna Carta turns 800, scholars reflect on its influence in Japan
Next Monday marks 800 years since an agreement was made between an English king and his feuding barons that was to have long-term ramifications across the world.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 3, 2015
More time needed for Japanese insects to tackle Britain's knotweed problem
Five years after thousands of Japanese bugs were released into Britain to control the spread of a superweed, scientists say more time is needed to assess whether the ambitious project will succeed.

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