43

May 2011

In Monocle’s new issue, we focus on the rebuilding of Japan and ask whether this could be an opportunity to make the country even better than before.

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Cogan's run

Andrew Cogan, CEO of design firm Knoll, has made some hard decisions (letting a fifth of his staff go) while building a loyal team. His management style sees him choosing face-to-face over Skype and Jay-Z over management…

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All mixed up

From the perfect Martini to the best nibbles, plus something to read while sipping your sundowner, the Monocle drinks trolley is well stocked and ready for cocktail hour.

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New build

Japan is at a momentous crossroads. Despite the tragedy that has engulfed the nation, now is a time for it to embrace large-scale change as it rebuilds. And this means playing the international market and realising its full…

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Franc discussion

Tainted by its association with Nazi Germany’s gold looters, perhaps, but the Swiss franc remains one of the world’s most popular investor currencies. And, rather like a reliable relative, it’s proved remarkably steady…

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Lapa

The Lisbon neighbourhood of Lapa retains much of its traditional charm, making it feel more like a quiet village than part of Portugal’s sprawling capital. Peppered with cafés and small shops, it’s far enough from the…

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Fighting talk

Al Jazeera has become the must-watch news channel for the unrest in the Middle East. But it is also a potent soft power weapon that the channel’s owner, the Emir of Qatar, is happy to wield. Monocle travels to the headqu…

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True crime fighter

Brankica Stankovic presents Serbia’s hard-hitting investigative TV show ‘Insajder’ (Insider). In Serbia, where political corruption has gone unpunished and the media shies away from controversy, she represents a fresh voice…

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At the scene

Following the March earthquake and tsunami, NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, provided the footage that filled the world’s TV screens. Monocle visits the studios to find out what happened when the disaster drill became real…

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My last meal: Jahangir Razmi

Pulitzer-winning photographer Jahangir Razmi wants his Last Meal surrounded by friends, family and neighbours, tucking into a delicately prepared Shandiz kebab. No bother if it takes a while to arrive – good things come to…

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Europe Briefing

The Prince of Monaco's motorcade, the UK's looming referendum and an upset over the "Made in Italy" tag.

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The show man

He has been named as one of the most influential men in London, but gallery owner Harry Blain believes his success relies on the trust he has built up with some of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. We catch…

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Novel concept

Physical book sales may be declining, but the graphic novel sector is booming. London-based publisher SelfMadeHero is reaping the rewards of taking on the market and it’s not afraid to shake up tradition along the way.…

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Japan Briefing

As Japan starts to rebuild following the events of March, the management of the crisis and its aftermath has revealed deep-seated problems within the Japanese political system. The country boasts a long list of dysfuncti…

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