Aichi city nixes 'Tsutaya Library' project amid public opposition

National 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 it ...

Councilors get loud on library revamps

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Oct 17, 2015

Councilors get loud on library revamps

by Mark Schreiber

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 Nakazawa's ...

World / Politics 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 library ...