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Mar 28, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
The appeal against the acquittal of Joji Obara on charges of murdering Lucie Blackman is dividing the parents of the slain Tokyo bar hostess. While her mother, Jane Steare, supports the Tokyo High Court appeal trial by prosecutors that started Tuesday, her ex-husband and Lucie's father, Tim Blackman, does not believe there is "anything further to be gained" through this legal move.
Mar 22, 2008
The Japanese community in Britain is hoping the government will rethink plans for a new English language requirement for foreign nationals coming to work in the country. The Japanese Embassy in London has expressed "serious concern" at initial government plans to ensure that all skilled workers from outside the European Union seeking work visas have an "acceptable" level of English language proficiency.
Feb 28, 2008
Japan's higher education system faces "an implosion" due to oversupply and a falling birthrate, according to research from a British academic. Roger Goodman, a Japan expert from Oxford University, said the situation will make it increasingly difficult for the less prestigious and smaller establishments to remain operating.
Feb 13, 2008
Environmentalists trying to preserve endangered stocks of bluefin tuna in Europe do not think an upcoming international conference in Tokyo will alleviate the crisis. They believe the meeting of industry figures in March will merely paper over the cracks because it will not address what they call generous fishing quotas in the Mediterranean and the Eastern Atlantic.
Dec 29, 2007
The late Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda was infuriated by an "anti-Japanese" TV documentary that cast his nation's companies in a bad light as they considered setting up bases in Britain, according to official documents from 1977 released Friday. The controversial program, "Eastern Promise," which used a war scene and portrayed Japanese businessmen as samurai warriors, led to an "outburst" from Fukuda, who demanded British Charge D'Affaires Sydney Giffard be summoned for an official dressing down.
Nov 24, 2007
A chain of aquariums in Europe has removed Japanese goods from its stores to protest Japan's latest whaling expedition. The group Sea Life is also calling on Europeans to boycott all Japanese products in the runup to Christmas in an attempt to change Tokyo's mind over its contentious whaling program.
Nov 16, 2007
Japan is promoting itself at this year's World Travel Market in London as the ideal destination for a family holiday. After last year's promotion, which focused on young adults, Japan is now using the growing popularity of Japanese pop culture in Britain and Europe to attract children and their parents.
Nov 10, 2007
Japan removed one of its diplomats from Britain in the mid-1970s after the possibility he could be charged with causing the death of a woman by dangerous driving, official papers in the British National Archives recently revealed. The diplomat, Setsuo Matsuzawa, a first secretary at the embassy in London, denied the accusation in police interviews. But Tokyo decided he should return home and its embassy pay compensation to the victim's family, the documents claim.
Oct 16, 2007
A series of shipments containing highly radioactive waste will leave Britain for Japan next year, with possibly more consignments afterward if Japanese electricity companies agree to a deal offered by the British government, according to a source in the Japanese power industry. Approximately 127,500 liters of waste, the result of reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, will be sent to the Rokkasho nuclear facility in Aomori Prefecture from British Nuclear Group Ltd. in Sellafield, northwest England, the source said.
Sep 28, 2007
In response to concerns about a lack of funding for Japanese studies at British universities, a major cash injection will be announced next month in the form of new teaching posts. In October, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Nippon Foundation will announce which universities have successfully won grants from a special fund that will be used to establish 13 full-time teaching and research posts.
Aug 31, 2007
Japanese chefs in Europe who serve up sushi and sashimi are criticizing a law requiring them to deep-freeze their produce prior to preparation, arguing the quality of the end product is suffering. They say the regulations, designed to ensure diners are not exposed to poisoning from roundworm larvae and parasites, are ineffectual because the freezing process doesn't kill off all the potential bugs.
Aug 15, 2007
The father of murdered Briton Lindsay Ann Hawker said Monday it was "disgraceful" that police did not arrest suspect Tatsuya Ichihashi when they first called at his apartment in Chiba Prefecture following his daughter's disappearance. Her mother, Julia, also said she was "disappointed" with the police investigation, claiming they failed to follow up leads and keep the family fully informed of developments.
Aug 11, 2007
A British academic is to write the first comprehensive account in English of Japan's worst aviation accident, hoping to put a fresh perspective on a tragedy that has interested people for the last 22 years. Christopher Hood is looking into all aspects of the crash of Japan Airlines flight 123, in which 520 passengers and crew members died, and will explore how the disaster reflects wider aspects of Japanese society.
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