Clubs Sign Stars
Ryo Miyaichi, 17, is set to join top English Premier League side Arsenal, the Mainichi Shimbun reported on 1 September.
Fashion Deal Signed
Sanei International Co., Ltd. will market products in Japan for clothing and fabric brand Cath Kidston, the Nihon Seni Shimbun reported on 27 August.
Fewer Top 200 Universities
The number of Japanese universities in the world’s top 200 fell from 11 to five, the Times Higher Education reported on 16 September.
Topshop Opens in Osaka
British clothing store Topshop will open its first Osaka stores in Umeda in May 2011 and Shinsaibashi next autumn, Fashionsnap.com reported on 17 September.
Nagasaki Remembers Traders
The Glover Award ceremony that celebrates British traders Thomas Blake Glover (1838-1911) and Frederick Ringer (1838-1907) was attended by Ambassador David Warren and held at Glover Garden in Nagasaki, the Nagasaki Shimbun reported on 19 September.
Rock singer and guitarist Peter Frampton wrote two songs on his latest album for Megumi Yokota, who was kidnapped by North Korea 32 years ago, Kyodo Tsushin reported on 17 August.
Rice Centre Stage at Brum Show
British theatrical company Stan’s Café opened its “Of All the People in All the World — Japan” exhibition at Setagaya Arts Center, the Tokyo Shimbun reported on 16 September.
Lennon Landmark Closes
The John Lennon Museum in Saitama closed on 30 September, various media reported. Taisei Corp. said the 10-year licence deal with his widow Yoko Ono had expired.
Auto Firms Partner
Lotus Cars announced a partnership with Toyota Motor Corporation, the Auto Sport website reported on 17 September.
Money Woes over Queen’s Diamond Gig
The Queen is troubled by the royal household’s financial problems, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported on 27 August. The funding shortage could affect the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 to mark the Queen’s 60th anniversary of ascending to the throne.
BA to Fly Haneda-Heathrow Route
British Airways will operate non-stop return flights five times a week between Haneda Airport and London’s Heathrow from 20 February 2011, Tokyo Shimbun reported in September.