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UK-Japan News February 2021

Envoy visits Wales

Japanese Ambassador to the UK Yasumasa Nagamine visited Wales on 3 December after his first attempt in March was postponed due to the coronavirus. One thousand cherry trees were planted at schools in Wales to mark the Japan–UK Season of Culture and to exhibit economic, cultural, artistic and technological successes. (Business News Wales, 6 January)

AbbVie drops Sosei

Sosei Group Corp is the latest to be dumped following AbbVie Inc.’s post-Allergan-merger clear-out. The biopharmaceutical firm will now seek a new partner amid a full internal review following the split from the original deal, which goes back five years. (Fierce Biotech, 5 January)

England star in Sapporo credits adopted culture

Jay Bothroyd, a forward with the Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, of the J1 football league,  has noted how Japanese culture has impacted his personal and professional growth. “Coming here has taught me to bite my tongue and accept people have different opinions … things are not always going to go my way. It’s been a fantastic experience”. (The Japan Times, 9 January)