William Hollingworth
For William Hollingworth's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Jun 17, 2006
U.K. feared royal ire over finger food
British officials in June 1976 feared they had embarrassed then Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko by subjecting them to a rather unrefined medieval banquet during their trip to Britain, according to files released to Kyodo News under freedom of information laws. In a review of the visit sent to the British Embassy in Tokyo from the Far Eastern Department in London, officials said that while the couple were impressed with the entertainment at Cardiff Castle in Wales, "they found it rather strange to have to eat with their fingers, with bibs round their necks, and to drink sweat mead while the compere made occasionally risky allusions."
May 22, 2006
Whaling nations appear set to take control of IWC
LONDON (Kyodo) Japan and other nations that favor whaling look set to take control of the International Whaling Commission next month, with environmentalists warning the mammals face one of their biggest threats since the ban on commercial hunting was introduced.
Apr 11, 2006
Japanese seen handling most British car production
LONDON (Kyodo) Japanese manufacturers are expected to produce more than half of Britain's cars for the first time this year following years of substantial investment and the demise of the last British-owned mass carmaker.
Jan 25, 2006
Lost Thames whale 'Wally' gives a boost to U.K. antiwhaling campaign
LONDON (Kyodo) Environmentalists are hoping the sad tale of a stranded whale in the River Thames will boost their campaign to stop Japan's whaling program.
Japan Times
Dec 20, 2005
Service targets Brits seeking taste of home
Expatriates in Japan who feel jaded by noodles and rice and long for British food are increasingly turning to a new Web site.
Dec 7, 2005
U.K. to aid East Asia studies
The British government will create centers-of-excellence in Japanese and Chinese studies following concern over the closure of several East Asian courses. The centers are expected to be formed by several existing university departments working in collaboration and will offer support and training.
Nov 27, 2005
Japanese restaurants taking Britain by storm
For many Britons, Japanese food has long been perceived as expensive and exotic. The first Japanese restaurant, The Ajimura, opened in London in 1972, and throughout that decade and into the 1980s there was a steady increase in the number of such establishments.
Nov 10, 2005
Japan expert's memoir gives more tales of Mishima
One of Britain's most eminent experts on Japan has published a memoir that include recollections of his relationship with celebrated writer Yukio Mishima. Geoffrey Bownas, 82, recalls one night when Mishima terrified him by drawing a sword and holding it aloft for three minutes, and then lamenting the weakening of Japanese traditions.
Jul 17, 2005
Wary Japanese return to London transit
Japanese residents of London say they will continue to use the transportation system following the July 7 terrorist attacks -- but some are changing their travel patterns and considering the creation of emergency support networks in case of a repeat atrocity. London has one of the largest Japanese expatriate communities in the world, and many living here expressed shock and sadness at the July 7 suicide bombings on three subway trains and a bus, which left at least 54 people dead and injured hundreds.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2005
Old Japanese garden in Britain is reopened
Britain's largest Japanese garden, which fell into neglect after World War II, has been restored to its former glory and opened to the public earlier this month for the first time in the postwar period.
Japan Times
Apr 30, 2005
Artist portrays U.K., Japan homeless
The often marginalized homeless people of Japan and Britain now have a "voice," thanks to a new exhibition that has just opened in London.
Aug 20, 2004
Japan courted Muslims: '43 OSS paper
U.S. intelligence officials were so concerned about Japan's "infiltration" of Muslim countries during World War II, they proposed urgent countermeasures, formerly secret government documents show. The Office of Strategic Services (forerunner to the Central Intelligence Agency) said Japan had successfully implemented a policy of courting Muslim nations since the turn of the century to serve its own strategic ends.
Oct 9, 2003
Language seen limiting the gestures of Japanese, but not Brits
It has long been assumed that, while people may speak different languages across the globe, when it comes to depicting concepts via gestures, the actions used are universal. New research by a Japanese academic using Japanese and English speakers, however, has cast doubt on this long-held belief.
Aug 7, 2002
Plans unveiled for Japanese cultural center in West London
Ambitious plans to create a Japanese center in London have been unveiled. The development is planned for West London, which already has a sizable Japanese community. Britain has the largest population of Japanese residents of any European country and has the third-largest Japanese community outside Japan, according to the project's backers.
Apr 12, 2002
U.K.-Japan history group aims to keep experiences of war alive
Former soldiers and prisoners of war, academics, scholars and ordinary members of the public have set up a unique organization in Britain designed to examine the country's encounter with Japan in World War II. The history study group hopes to encourage schools in both countries to properly assess aspects of the conflict.


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