William Hollingworth
For William Hollingworth's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Mar 18, 2015
West's first Buddhist mission was in London
Buddhists in Japan — aided by an Irishman — established the religion's first Western mission in London, according to research by a team of academics in Ireland and Japan.
JAPAN / History
Dec 31, 2014
Japan, China had agreement to maintain Senkaku status quo, Suzuki-Thatcher files show
The two countries agreed to avoid discussing their claims to the islets, according to newly released documents on a 1982 conversation between Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Japan Times
Dec 10, 2014
Churchill feared Japanese invasion of Falkland Islands, archives suggest
Wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered troops to the Falkland Islands in 1942 because he feared Japan could invade the far-flung British territory, according to documents at the National Archives in London.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS,DECISION 2014
Dec 3, 2014
Election may allow Abe to make reforms, but not as many as he hopes, analysts say
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may struggle to implement reforms even if he secures another mandate from voters in the upcoming Lower House election, according to some overseas analysts.
Oct 17, 2014
Art show on Fukushima food safety causes stir
A controversial performance artist whose work explores the safety of food from Fukushima Prefecture is attracting media interest at one of London's most prestigious contemporary art shows.
JAPAN / Science & Health / FOCUS
Aug 29, 2014
Life in U.K. comes as a shock for many Japanese
Many Japanese have a somewhat romanticized image of living in Britain. While for some those expectations may be fulfilled, the reality for others is that they struggle to adapt to a very different culture.
Jul 24, 2014
Britain felt Japan's WWI support 'adequate'
Britain appreciated Japan's assistance during World War I but felt Tokyo could have done more and sometimes questioned its loyalty, according to today's historians.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 27, 2014
Britain unsure about Japan's claim to Senkakus, U.K. files show
Britain was unsure about Japan's claim to the Senkaku Islands in the early 1970s, according to declassified documents seen by Kyodo News at the National Archives in London.
Japan Times
Apr 15, 2014
Group addresses growing old in U.K.
Aging throws up many challenges, but the problems can often be compounded if you choose to spend your final years thousands of miles away from your home country.
Japan Times
Mar 25, 2014
Additional source for 2011 tsunami identified
For the last few years, a group of international scientists has been reassessing the cause of the March 2011 tsunami that inundated the Tohoku coastline.
Japan Times
Feb 7, 2014
Public backing of death penalty questioned
When defending Japan's use of the death penalty, the government always cites overwhelming public support for the policy, and the last survey in 2009 showed 86 percent backed the status quo.
Japan Times
Nov 15, 2013
Used 'mamachari' popular in London
Almost every Japanese household has one and they are an ever-present sight outside of shops and railway stations. Japan's most common bicycle, the "mamachari" (literally mom's bike), is used by people of all ages for short trips around the neighborhood.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Oct 28, 2013
Book sheds light on extraterritorial courts for Britons in Japan
After Japan opened up to the rest of the world in the 1850s after years of isolation, hundreds of British traders and sailors came to live in the country and became the largest Western expatriate community.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Oct 11, 2013
U.K. raises bar for dual nationality couples
British student Stacey Gough and her Japanese boyfriend, Yoshihiro Ki, have decided to marry and get a spouse visa in Japan because they say the income requirement for having foreign partners is less stringent than in Britain.
Japan Times
Jun 29, 2013
U.K. firms find new ways to mutually help Tohoku
British companies operating in Japan have devised a unique program to reinvigorate businesses in Tohoku affected by the 2011 natural and nuclear disasters.
Japan Times
May 28, 2013
Former Japan expat starts website for parents mulling move abroad
A British mother is using her experience as an expatriate in Japan to help other parents living in foreign countries.
Japan Times
Apr 10, 2013
Chef seeks to revolutionize quality of British fish
A London-based Japanese chef has embarked on a mission to share knowledge from his home country with the British fishing industry after becoming fed up with the poor quality of locally sourced seafood.
Jan 30, 2013
U.K. plan to limit Japanese worries language teachers
Japanese language scholars have expressed concern at proposed plans that threaten to marginalize the teaching of Japanese at schools in England.
Japan Times
Jan 18, 2013
U.K. festival marks 400 years of ties with Japan
A yearlong series of cultural events has been launched in Britain to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the establishment of relations with Japan.
Japan Times
Nov 28, 2012
More deregulation needed to attract investment: former British ambassador
Japan needs to further deregulate its markets to attract overseas investment and boost economic activity, said David Warren, who stepped down earlier this month as Britain's ambassador to Tokyo.


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