Launched in March 1897, the venerable Japan Times is one of the few independent English-language dailies published in Japan. The publication's name was changed during World War II to Nippon Times, but reverted back after Japan's defeat. Japan Times provides quality commentary and opinion pieces from a number of esteemed former statesmen as well as journalists. Chris Patten (former governor of Hong Kong), Sir Hugh Cortazzi (former British ambassador to Japan), David Howell (former British Cabinet minister and former chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee), Gwynne Dyer and Robert Dujarric are all among regular contributors to Japan Times' opinion section. Japan Times' coverage of Japanese and international affairs is also noted for its professional quality. In addition, Japan Times maintains a well-trafficked web site updated daily at www.japantimes.co.jp.