*First broadcast on January 19, 2021. Japan's libraries are cornerstones of their communities. Besides loaning out books, they promote local culture, support young people and offer a place to relax. This time, our theme is libraries. Our main guest, Professor Tamura Shigeru of the University of Nagano, talks about how they have evolved in recent years, in response to demographic and legal changes. And in Plus One, we take a look at some unusual regional libraries.
Peter Barakan visits the children's section of a Tokyo library
Some libraries make audio recordings of their books, for people with visual impairments
The director of a Tokyo library explains its stock of film-related material