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OBITUARY : Kenneth Gardner

Kenneth Gardner was an authority in the field of Japanese bibliography and for many years a distinguished librarian first in the British Museum and after 1973 in the British Library. His death came a year after the publication of his Descriptive Catalogue of Japanese Books in the British Library Printed Before 1700. In recognition of this monumental work, he was presented in Osaka in February with the prestigious Yamagata prize, an annual award established by the Osaka prefecture in 1982 to honour foreign scholars. Gardner received in addition the Order of the Sacred Treasure (Third Class), awarded by the Emperor of Japan, in 1979.

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$300m Singapore rescue plan

THE BARINGS COLLAPSE

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Nick Leeson, believed to be the man responsible for the collapse of Barings, is thought to be on the run from Singapore, having left both his wife in the island state and the company in tatters. Single-handedly, he executed unauthorised trades in the futures market worth billions of dollars, incurring a loss of at least £600m.

A simple bear necessity

Tigers, horses, seals, children and other animals: you know that it must be half-term again. One can understand why animals figure so large in fiction for children: both fauna inhabit a parallel universe in close proximity to, but separate from, the adult world. I'm not complaining: these days, when actors are more likely than animals to have a personal trainer (and frankly more likely to need it), and when the words put in their mouths are rarely worth hearing, it's a pleasure to spend a little quality time in the bestiary.

Cholera fear adds to Kobe's misery

More than 300,000 people made homeless in Kobe by the Great Hanshin Earthquake are facing the danger of a cholera outbreak. Eight days after the quake, running water has not been restored, and many of the shelters lack even chemical lavatories.

Kobe survivors now threatened by mud

Emergency food supplies have finally started to pour into Kobe and other devastated areas of Hyogo prefecture, but bone-chilling rain, and the threat of hundreds of landslides, has added to the misery of over 300,000 people made homeless by Tuesda y's earthquake.

Earthquake In Japan: Stricter rules proved their worth

Students and teaching staff at the Kobe Institute, a Japanese outpost of St Catherine's College, Oxford, looked down from the safety of the 1990s campus on the ruins of the seaside city below. Built on the side of the hills surrounding Kobe and de signedto the latest Japanese safety standards, it is one of the few buildings in the city to have escaped almost unscathed.

Earthquake In Japan: Survivors attack `slow aid response'

Kobe - Survivors have accused the Japanese government of dragging its feet in providing aid as the official death toll rose to 4,047, with 21,671 people injured and 727 missing.

EARTHQUAKE IN JAPAN: SURVIVORS: Britons survive night of terror

An estimated 1,500 Britons survived the earthquake but British officials in Osaka fear some may be in danger from the fires now raging out of control.

Hundreds feared dead in Japan quake

A massive earthquake swept through central Japan this morning, killing at least 41 people and trapping hundreds under the rubble of collapsed buildings. A hospital in Takarazuka in Hyogo prefecture was reported to have collapsed.

The airport that rose from the ooze: Osaka wanted an offshore airport, but had no island. No problem: they had one built, three miles long, out of crushed rock on soft clay. Jonathan Glancey marvels at an extraordinary marriage of design and engineering

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