I have e-mailed this to you before, Andy, which is probably why it strikes a bell.As to the Gerry Anderson connection, I'm going off the top of my head here, but I think he had an agreement to produce a show with Japanese backing. This fell through, but certain elements that were developed were recycled for use in other projects.As for whether TB2086/TV ever had Gerry Andersons approval, I have no idea, but according to the Encyclopedia one of the Japanese production staff was also head of ITC Japan and so presumably had some kind of rights claim.It should be noted that the Japanese - and I mean this without any kind of nasty undertone - have not always been entirely respectful of other people rights to their creations; the famous anime character Lupin III was created without permission from the original Arsene Lupin authors estate, which led to some interesting international copyright spats but at least we also got The Castle of Cagliostro out of it!
"The power of bakers, the power of artists; even the power of witches! It must be a power given by God... sometimes we suffer for it."- Ursula, Kikis Delivery Service.