(8 November 2015) Debate has flared over the management of public libraries in Japan by a private company, with supporters claiming these libraries have become more enjoyable, while detractors worry that the selection of books at these institutions does not serve the public good.
The libraries are being managed by Culture Convenience Club Co. (CCC), owner of Tsutaya DVD and music rental shops. The first such library in the Tokyo metropolitan area opened in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, in October this year, and has been well-received by users. The roomy interior includes a Starbucks, while part of the basement has been converted from a book vault to a quiet area for adults to enjoy reading.
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