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Students of literature often find themselves among old books in the dark reaches of a library. But Harvard University student Peter Bernard has taken another tack, spending most days for the past two months combing the antiquated works at a 106-year-old bookstore in Tokyo’s Kanda Jinbocho district.

Bernard, 20, from Massachusetts, is not searching for old books to purchase but instead is serving as a summer intern, hoping to learn how Isseido Booksellers runs its business. Rather than taking the usual intern path at a conventional business, it was either a bookstore or a publishing house for Bernard.

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