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May 2012

In issue 53 you’ll find a report on the supersized doggy pampering industry in Japan, our Affairs lead on Brazil’s command of the UN peace-keeping mission in Haiti, and special supplements including the Design Directory for 2012.

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Oceania Briefing

Perth's catch-up to Australia's cultural hubs of Sydney and Melbourne, failure of negotiations between Auckland's port and its striking workers, and solutions to Australia's 1.7 per cent annual population growth.

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Shopping heaven

Tokyo’s Ginza district is already one of Japan’s top spots for department stores and upmarket shopping. Now it has two very different new additions.

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Defence Briefing

The continuing fight against piracy in the Horn of Africa, led by three international military coalitions, Poland's plans to modernise its Air Force, and the consequences of Japan's decision to relax its strict defence…

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Diplomacy Briefing

Germany's Federal Intelligence Service's, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), relocation to central Berlin, Iceland's debate over membership in the EU, and New Zealand's cuts to its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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War games

Winner of Afghanistan’s only Olympic medal, taekwondo athlete Rohullah Nikpai is a sporting icon. Yet, in a country where violence occurs everyday, winning the respect of his fellow countrymen means almost as much.

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Inventory No. 53

This month’s shopping selection includes a wine aroma kit that’ll turn you into a connoisseur, a collectable wooden songbird by Kay Bojesen and wooden speakers to play your tunes.

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Doggie style

The Japanese are going bonkers over their canines. But with the market for doggie products reaching saturation point, what’s next for the lucrative industry? Funerals and hotels apparently.

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Monocle travel guide

This issue’s round up includes a concept store in Minneapolis, a canalside guesthouse in Amsterdam, a gourmet burger joint in Paris and a sweet shop in Athens. For Flights of Fancy we travel Sri Lanka by seaplane.

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On the right page

Turks are once again embracing their historic brands. It’s good news for diary maker Ece Ajandasi, looking to recreate the dizzy heights it reached in the 1980s.

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Forking out

In the Netherlands, a fourth generation of blacksmiths has cottoned on to the fact that dedication and getting the simple things right can go a long way. Monocle meets the men from DeWit, digging deep for the garden tool…

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About time

Spirits were high at Basel watch fair this year as watchmakers refreshingly turned to more classic, elegant designs with hi-tech materials and new functions. We checked out the new models and trends.

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Villa Crespo

As Palermo loses its edge, largely due to high property prices, Buenos Aires creatives are upping sticks and heading south for the cobbled streets and bohemian feel of up-and-coming barrio Villa Crespo.

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Craft work

Hermès is one of the most recognised fashion houses in the world. But as a family-run business with a focus on craft, the current men in charge prefer to manage by looking inwards rather than chasing markets.

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Business Briefing

The surprising success of the importing of a European artisan cheese culture to China, while a new trend for fine wine also takes off in Hong Kong, and discussions to submit plans to legalise casinos in Japan get underway…

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My last meal: Lapo Elkann

Lapo Elkann, founder of lifestyle brand Italia Independent, prefers rustic, simple Italian food. He’d have his last meal at Sant’Eustorgio because of its picturesque location and comfort food.

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Dogs and new tricks

Japan is a nation moving beyond an unthinkable disaster to re-establish itself as a regional leader in culture and innovative lifestyles. This issue we meet the people spearheading the unusual evolution of Japanese society…

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Export duty

In the past, Germany has been wary about showing off its assets. Not anymore. Monocle explores how the Goethe-Institut cultural centres are disseminating all things German, from New York to New Delhi. And free from gover…

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Expo 53: Building for the future

Cannes’ annual MIPIM property market is a chance for countries and cities to show off their grand design visions. And, despite the economic crisis, it remains a fascinating milieu where mayors, speculators and architects…

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Twin town

Despite historical differences Denmark’s capital and Sweden’s third city are looking ahead to a future together. And they’re not alone. New twin city relations are flourishing elsewhere too.

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