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April 2012

From Europe's High North Monocle reports on a fresh model for people power – a survey of relaunched capitals and new parliaments.

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Force of nature

Few anticipated the enormous scale of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last March. Monocle talks to Eiji Kimizuka, chief of staff for the Ground Self-Defense Force, to learn how the rescue effort continues one year…

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On the block

London’s Phillips de Pury Chicago’s Wright, Sweden’s Örnsbergsauktionen and Berlin-based online auction house Auctionata are put under the Monocle microscope. We look at how the auction design industry is keeping pace in…

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Expo 52: Sami slide of life

The new Sami parliament building in Finland is a proud symbol of how far the indigenous people of Europe’s north have come over the past century, from being a culture struggling for survival to a thriving community.

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Observation

In the year since Monocle moved in to Midori House the neighbourhood, like so many others, has seen some subtle but significant changes. Our editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé goes in search of a decent coffee.

Global

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Making a splash

The Iraqi national rowing outfit – bidding for a spot at London 2012 – defy the odds. Shambolic security and ethnic violence make even getting to training an arduous task. On the water, though, none of it matters.

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Future proof

The Japanese city of Kyoto is renowned for its ancient traditions. But a crop of young designers is making sure it’s also set to become one of the nation’s creative hubs of the future.

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Model behaviour

Construction work continues in Burma’s new model capital, inaugurated in 2005. Its sparkling buildings are designed to consolidate the generals’ power – but with small steps towards democracy, could Aung San Suu Kyi one day…

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Time to reboot

New Zealand’s capital is driving to establish itself as a major hub for innovation. It’s small enough to create an intimate working environment – and big enough for the plan to work.

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In the family way

Richard Neutra had a major impact on modernist architecture in southern California and his Reunion House in Silver Lake, occupied by his elder son and his family, remains one of the best, most authentic examples of his work…

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The postman

Good things come in packages of all shapes and sizes, particularly when they’re delivered by a Takkyubin man in Tokyo’s Aoyama and Omotesando districts. Monocle opens the door to spring’s freshest ensembles.

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Supreme court

Monocle takes a lesson in volleys and countershots at a clubhouse in Pall Mall, London. In our kit bag is some smart sportswear and a slick change of clothes for after the big match.

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Power trips

This issue Monocle has visited seats of power around the globe – from the African Union’s HQ to Burma’s fledgling capital via Liechtenstein’s new parliament building. Each has a very different vision.

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Winning team

A former sporting arena has been reborn in the centre of Toronto as the flagship store of Canadian supermarket Loblaws. The city’s traditional home of ice hockey now houses fresh produce. Monocle went to see if the crowds…

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Inventory No. 52

This month’s selection of desirable things include cashmere bowties, bicycle bags, some velvety wine, handmade soaps and smart kitchenware.

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Special relations

Nothing represents the shifting sands of global politics better than the African Union’s gleaming new HQ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A gift from the Chinese, it’s proof of the Asian giant’s growing clout. But the Germans are…

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