LONDON -- From next May to early 2002 a series of cultural and educational events together known as Japan 2001 is scheduled to take place throughout Britain. As one of the official programs of Japan 2001, a photo exhibition is to be staged by the Japanese Residents' Association (U.K.).

This association, based in London, was established four years ago to promote friendship and cooperation among long-term Japanese residents in the U.K.

The exhibition aims to trace the history of the Japanese in Britain over the last 140 years. It sets out to explore lesser-known social and cultural associations between the two countries through images collected mainly from private photo albums of Japanese who have spent part of their lives in Britain.