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Architecture: Architect, enigma, golden touch

Be it a study centre in Germany or a private house in Japan, a building by Tadao Ando is a work of mastery. The Royal Gold Medal for Architecture gains lustre by being his. By Jonathan Glancey

Le Corbusier's successor turns concrete into gold

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.

FLIGHT PATHS OF THE EMPEROR

A SHORT STORY BY STEVEN HEIGHTON

Obituary: Ono Tozaburo

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.

Japanese tourists go in search of credibility

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Bowing Sumitomo boss dismisses all criticism

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The commuter with a rolled-up screen

Sales worth billions await the developers of the best flat-screen technology, says George Cole

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

An inspiration to other architects, Tadao Ando gives his buildings an almost sacred sense of silence and majesty, says Ian Phillips

Massive assets soften blow

Daiwa Bank is one of Japan's leading, and most conservative, commercial banks.

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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Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

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