William Hollingworth
For William Hollingworth's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Sep 22, 2010
Japanese vegetable farm is a hit in Britain
LONDON — Britain's first organic Japanese vegetable farm is flourishing as consumers in the United Kingdom become more health conscious and adventurous in their tastes.
Aug 6, 2010
Hiroshima hibakusha in London relates plight of A-bomb orphans
LONDON — Londoners are learning about the plight of 2,000 orphans "ignored" by authorities following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 65 years ago.
Jul 23, 2010
British exhibition shines light on ancient figurines
LONDON — Prehistoric Japanese and Balkan figurines are being shown alongside each other for the first time as historians try to shed further light on why they were produced.
Jul 2, 2010
Japan hopes to halt slide in British JET numbers
LONDON — Japanese diplomats say they are working hard to stop the decline in the number of British participants in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.
Jun 18, 2010
Olympic team will warm up at Brit school
LONDON — A British university is busy preparing to become home for Japan's sporting stars in the runup to the London 2012 Olympics.
JAPAN / History
May 25, 2010
British POW kept in touch with Japanese camp guard for 64 years
LONDON — A British former prisoner of war has been telling of the enduring friendship he built up with his Japanese guard after corresponding with him for 64 years.
May 19, 2010
Japanese 'tourist tax' in Lake District criticized
LONDON — Japanese visitors to a picturesque corner of Britain are being asked to pay a small levy for the upkeep of the area — the first time a particular nationality has been targeted for donations by conservationists.
Mar 20, 2010
EU railway firms call for fair play
LONDON — Railways and the firms equipping them in Europe are calling on Japan to open up its market to free competition amid claims Tokyo is creating unnecessary barriers to protect domestic manufacturers.
Mar 10, 2010
Japanese game show takes the world by storm
LONDON — A Japanese game show is taking the world by storm by becoming one of the top TV formats of recent times.
Dec 24, 2009
Thatched church re-created in Osaka hotel
LONDON — A pretty, thatched church has been re-created in an Osaka hotel to give Japanese couples a sense of English tradition for their wedding ceremonies.
Dec 23, 2009
Japan-U.K. travelers tap cheaper, indirect flights
LONDON — Travelers flying between Britain and Japan are increasingly opting for indirect routes due to the recession and convenient transits, according to industry officials.
JAPAN / History
Dec 11, 2009
British town's seniors oppose sister-city plans
LONDON — Elderly residents in a British town are opposing plans to set up links with a community in Japan, claiming that memories of World War II are still too raw.
Nov 16, 2009
Team Hatoyama off to good start: ex-Blair adviser
changes (to strengthen the center) and what effect we felt they had. I briefed them on our meetings structures, forward planning functions, liaison within the government and also some of the structures we set up during major international crises." The DPJ has also taken a close look at how Labour presented its case to the electorate in the election manifesto. In 1997, Labour produced an eye-catching card for voters that listed five specific pledges designed to counter the impression that politicians are all hot air.
Japan Times
Nov 6, 2009
Scot honored for service to Japan
LONDON — A Scotsman credited with preventing thousands of Japanese from dying of cholera in the 19th century is being officially honored in his hometown of Edinburgh.
Japan Times
Nov 3, 2009
U.K. to press for rights of fathers
LONDON — The British government will put fresh pressure on Tokyo to improve the rights of its citizens seeking access to their children living in Japan with estranged partners.
Oct 28, 2009
U.K. 'wagyu' cross-breed an affordable favorite
LONDON — "Wagyu" beef has long been the preserve of Britain's exclusive restaurants and London's high-end stores, like Harrods.
Sep 24, 2009
Ex-expat, son finish 15,685-km Ireland-Tokyo cycling trip
LONDON — Briton Mark Swain and his son, Sam, are taking a well-earned rest after becoming the first father-and-son team to cycle from the west of Ireland to Japan.
Japan Times
Sep 7, 2009
New book explores Blackman case
LONDON — A new book bringing fresh insight into the death of Tokyo hostess Lucie Blackman has been written by London-based journalist Clare Campbell.
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2009
European calls mount for bluefin trade ban
LONDON (Kyodo) France, Britain and Germany have set themselves on a collision course with Japan after they backed moves to ban international trade in northern bluefin tuna at a forthcoming environmental conference.
Jul 25, 2009
Japan carmakers in Europe in high-, low-end squeeze
LONDON (Kyodo) Battered by the global economic downturn, Japan's automakers are finding life difficult in the European market as competitors old and new pile on the pressure, according to industry analysts.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves