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Tadao Ando, a former boxer and self-taught architect, is the recipient of the 1997 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. The award, which is in the gift of the Queen, is organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects and, although it carries no cash prize, like the rival Pritzker (USA), Carlsberg (Denmark) and Praemium Imperiale (Japan) awards, it is widely considered the most prestigious of its kind.

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As every British schoolboy should know, from Shelley's The Masque of Anarchy, written in 1819 and inspired by the Peterloo massacre, poetry and anarchism make good bed- fellows. One of the most distinguished representatives of this marriage was the Japanese anarchist poet Ono Tozaburo, whose life was one of perpetual poetic protest and revolutionary insubordination, attacking both traditional Japanese ways of life and traditional Japanese poetry, chiefly in the waka or tanka form.

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Letter: Fares fair

Sir: I am writing in response to the article about the British Rail sell-off ("Few takers for rail sell-off", 23 October). The Japanese government sold its railway system to a private company several years ago; since then, its service has improved and has started to be more on time. Now trains have a restaurant and better service; they have even put a sauna on the train.

A vision of civilised concrete

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Kamikaze nation

While Vera Lynn's "We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when" found its way into British hearts, the Japanese glorified the fact that they were never going to meet again, anywhere. Long before they began to lose the war in a big way, they dedicated themselves to going out in a blaze of glory. They were the "hundred million advancing like a ball of flame". Fifty years on, the pathology of a national psychosis by Peter Popham. Portraits by Tom Wagner.

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