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March 2010

Why the world needs a more agile approach to disaster relief and the people who can help shape a rapid reaction force.

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Oceania Briefing

An Australian town with new-found pilgrim pulling power, French Polynesia the rebellion, Australian students get wily, and the next Guantánamo.

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Nature's teachings

Dai Nippon Printing’s new training centre, by architect Kenya Ishihara, was designed to inspire its employees. With a spa and views of Mount Fuji, it seems more like a retreat than a place of work but with this incentive…

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Inventory No. 31

From headphones to vegetable juice, here’s Monocle’s run-down of the latest essentials for every part of your life.

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Defence Briefing

Vietnam orders $1,8bn worth of submarines to keep up with the neighbours, Peru gets kitted out to deal with a guerilla resurgence and Russian upgrades its stealth bombers.

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Law of attraction

Law firms aren’t usually known for innovative interior design but there is nothing stuffy about this Stockholm office. Colour, bespoke furniture and unusual materials help create a perfectly judged space, while respecting…

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Dream a little dream

In the second of our series on niche airlines, we take a trip on one of two planes – one red, one blue – run by the tiny, but ambitious, Fuji Dream Airlines.

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Lost and found

Thanks to a strong leader, oil discoveries, new direct flights to Europe and a prime-time drama set in St John’s, it’s boom time for this Canadian province, leading everyone from Norwegian engineers to New York art direc…

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Good morning

It’s one of the most important meals of the day and a morning ritual we’re never willing to sacrifice. Whether it’s a croissant or miso soup, a hearty breakfast and a punchy coffee will perk you up for the day. We’ve rou…

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Walk this way

Now that spring’s in the air again it’s time to lighten up with crisp cotton shirts, jackets and cardigans for a stroll around Tokyo’s back streets.

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No dilly Dalian

Offering an alternative lifestyle to Shanghai and Beijing, Dalian is a vibrant student city with an easier pace of life. You might not have heard of it but this is one of the world’s biggest outsourcing centres.

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Monocle travel guide

With typical egalitarian flourish and quirk, New Zealand’s national carrier has come up with an innovation that will expand the horizons of horizontal leisure travel. Plus overleaf, we discover a new Hong Kong hub, a cosy…

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Spring forth

It’s time to refresh with American classics and Italian tailoring mixed with some Japanese sharpness. Cardigans, lightweight jackets and blazers are perfect for clever seasonal layering.

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Braking the mould

Mitsuoka makes models based on classic cars and it works unlike most other automakers in that every car is handmade in its workshop in Toyama. This gives it the edge in an industry that’s lifting itself out of the doldrums…

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My last meal: Master Shibatayama

The almighty Master Shibatayama, a former Grand Champion sumo wrestler, chooses a traditional Japanese restaurant in Shinjuku for his Last Meal. He runs a sumo school in Tokyo and is the author of several books on regional…

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What a relief

When it comes to disasters, the first few hours make all the difference to rescue and relief efforts. And the better the kit, the greater the chance of saving lives. But is it time for a permanent rapid reaction force?

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Beurre necessity

The Echiré cooperative has been churning out butter for more than a century. It must have been doing a good job too, as some of the world’s best restaurants won’t use anything else. Monocle looks at what makes Echiré a…

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Expo 31: Road to salvation

In Trollhättan, you feel those who work for Saab – many of whom have done so for their entire working lives – would do it for free, such is their loyalty to the company. But with Saab’s future in the balance, the town is…

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Peace station

The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration, aka the Peace Palace, houses a crack team striving to resolve international disputes and bring about world peace. It may sound idealistic, but its services are increasingly in…

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Loud and proud

As vocal political battles rage on over the country’s democratisation, Monocle speaks to Turkey’s media stars about the role newspapers have in shaping the nation.

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