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March 2007

Japan Takes Aim: Asia’s most advanced fleet looks beyond the horizon. Monocle gains exclusive access to the world’s only non-existent navy.

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Sunday best

We kick off the first of our monthly themed rundowns with our take on the perfect Sunday morning: a cycle through Lisbon, our ideal media menu and a brunch prepared by our Aussie friends Wall Two 80.

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Shop Front

We take a look at the record store that helped to form the Dead Kennedys, Aquarius Records, now attracting the musically adventurous from all over the world. We also explore treasured independent book shops Athenaeum Nie…

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On the Shelf

Coop is the second largest retailer in Switzerland after Migros, with about 1,500 outlets and 44,000 employees. In 2005, it had a turnover of €8.6bn. It has 20 per cent of the country’s food retail business. As well as…

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Kabul and Wireless

Each month in My Working Life, *Monocle* introduces you to a key figure in the world’s arts or media. First up is the host of Afghanistan’s most popular breakfast show. Massood Sanjer, 28, mocks ministers and makes fun of…

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Fashion briefing

Why Prada has a new ring of confidence, Daiki Suzuki's designs for Woolrich and will H&M foray into high fashion work?

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Push my Button

Everyone from parents to President Putin is attacking the vending and amusement machine industry. As the key players gathered in Europe to launch a counter attack, we were there to see if all their cherries would come up…

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Man of the moment

While the Milan menswear shows make the press, the real business is done at the Pitti Immagine Uomo menswear show in Florence. *Monocle* was there to see the designs that won deals and fill its fantasy wardrobe.

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Genoa

In each issue we assess the international property markets and select a neighbourhood for its investment potential. First off we talk to the residents, visit the sights and sample daily life in Genoa’s Centro Storico.

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Chinese Cheques

All over Africa, Chinese labourers are hard at work building railways, roads and national stadiums. In return, the continent’s developing countries are selling their oil and iron ore to the Chinese. The figures are stagg…

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My last meal: Ann Curry

Ann Curry, news anchor on NBC’s Today, chose the UN Delegates Dining Room as the setting for her last meal and testament. Curry’s expertise in the field has earned her a reputation for humanitarian journalism, as well as…

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Last stand

Shoe production in the US has dropped 85 per cent since 1995 and around 90 shoe factories have closed as companies shift production overseas. Iconic American brands such as Timberland, Converse, Sebago, Johnston & Murphy…

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Light Fantastic

The Austrian lighting company BLL leads the industry with its progressive thinking, installing life-enhancing systems at hospitals, airports and the new Cairo Museum. Soon it will focus its light-direction technologies on…

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Class act

In 1949, Taiwan had one university, three colleges and a student population of just 5,000. Now there are 154 institutes of higher education, and almost a million students. This boom is partly attributable to the growth in…

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La Chaux-de-Fonds

La Chaux-de-Fonds is the traditional heart of the Swiss watch industry. In 2005 the country exported watches worth €7.7bn, accounting for 9 per cent of the nation’s total exports. Switzerland dominates the luxury end of the…

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On the Money

Chile is a stable, democratic regime that continues to liberalise its economy. Rich in natural resources, especially copper, its fortunes have traditionally followed a boom and bust cycle according to the market price for…

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Germany's Bottle Bank

Germany is the eighth biggest exporter of wine, shipping 280 million litres in 2005; but it’s also the world’s largest importer of wine, buying 1.19 billion litres the same year. Like France, the country has struggled…

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Back to black

Almost 20 per cent of Sweden’s population live in greater Stockholm, making the pressure for housing intense. Many of the city’s 180,000 apartments are co-ops. So, when you find a great flat, you are reluctant to leave it…

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Reel Rebel

For the past eight years, Assaad Taha’s company, Hot Spot, has been making films for the Al-Jazeera TV network. His mission? To uncover and objectively report injustices through Arab eyes, while staying firmly opposed “to…

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