Jul 28, 2016

Obamas pick presidential library site in Chicago: source

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have reached a long-awaited decision on where exactly in Chicago to build their presidential library. The location is the city’s historic Jackson Park, near the University of Chicago where the president taught law before being ...

Aichi city nixes 'Tsutaya Library' project amid public opposition

Oct 21, 2015

Aichi city nixes 'Tsutaya Library' project amid public opposition

The city of Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, has officially scrapped a plan to build a next-generation public library in collaboration with video rental giant Tsutaya after the majority of its residents voted it down in a referendum earlier this month. The city announced Tuesday that ...

Councilors get loud on library revamps

| Oct 17, 2015

Councilors get loud on library revamps

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As testimony to their characteristically low profile, Japan’s public libraries seldom make the news, although two recent exceptions come to mind. In 2013, a number of school and public libraries in Shimane and Tottori prefectures attracted coverage when they removed Hiroshima bomb survivor Keiji ...

Komaki residents oppose 'Tsutaya library'

Oct 6, 2015

Komaki residents oppose 'Tsutaya library'

During a referendum last weekend, most residents in the city of Komaki came out against a plan to build a library run by Culture Convenience Club Co., the operator of Tsutaya video rental stores. The outcome of the vote, held Sunday in the Aichi ...

Novelist Ishiguro's notes and works head to Texas library

Aug 23, 2015

Novelist Ishiguro's notes and works head to Texas library

The sweeping archives of award-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro will be heading to a University of Texas research library, including a discarded opening chapter for his best-known book, “The Remains of the Day,” the university said. The novelist, who was born in Nagasaki in 1954 ...

May 1, 2015

Obama chooses Chicago to host his presidential library

President Barack Obama has chosen his hometown of Chicago to host his future presidential library, two individuals with knowledge of the decision said Thursday, placing the permanent monument to his legacy in the city that launched his improbable ascent to the White House. Obama’s ...