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Books and Libraries

Book Contents ( ブックコンテンツ ) Brief analytical description and tables of contents of titles in the University of Tokyo Library. Updated weekly; 229,820 titles as of November 2004.
National Diet Library = NDL-OPAC (国立国会図書館蔵書検索 ) National Diet Library bibliography since 1868.
National Union Catalog of Japanese classics ( 古典籍総合目録データベース ・国文学研究資料館 = National Institute of Japanese Literature : NIJL )
Created and updated by the NIJL. Based on Kokusho somokuroku and Kotenseki sogo mokuroku.
Webcat from National Institute for Information = NII ( 国立情報学研究所図書情報ナビゲーター)
National u nion catalog of university and research libraries in Japan. One of the most reliable content description. Besides searches on the book title and author, searches can also be done on the publisher, subject, and classification. Multilingual retrieval supports searches by Japanese Kanji, Katakana, Hiragana, as well as alphabet letters (Romaji). Books and periodicals are listed.
Webcat Plus from National Institute for Information = NII ( 国立情報学研究所図書情報ナビゲーター)
National u nion catalog of university and research libraries in Japan. One of the most reliable content description. 3 million monographic titles with content information. Advanced search system updated weekly.


News and Events

Asahi shinbun ( 朝日新聞) Japanese daily newspaper.
Bibliography of Japanese Newspapers (全国新聞総合目録 ・国立国会図書館 ) Each title lists locations in Japanese libraries and provides holding information for libraries in Japan. Created by the National Diet Library.
Foreign Press Center, Japan (フォーリン・プ レスセンター・ジャパン)“Japan Brief,” a handy report which gives up-to-the-minute background information reflected in the editorials of major Japanese newspapers, in plain and concise form, on news items on the Japanese economy, politics, diplomatic activities, society, business, culture, and other matters of topical interest. Japan Brief is available in several languages. (see ‘Japan Brief’ (English) (Japanese) (Chinese) (Spanish) (French) (German) (Portuguese).
See also Facts and Figures of Japan, and useful contact information (contact details in the fields of politics, economy, industry, culture and mass media, under ‘Media Directory’), available in Japanese and English.
Mainichi Interactive (毎日新聞) Japanese daily newspaper. Full-text is searchable for past two years.
Mainichi photo bank (毎日フォトバンク) 120,000 photos from the pre-war era and 200,000 items of visual information since 1998 are available free for searching and viewing on the site.
Nihon Keizai shinbun (日本経済新聞) Japanese daily newspaper.
Pressnet, Japanese Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association (日本新聞協会) Links to Japanese media (Press, Radio, TV). Including local newspapers.
Yomiuri shinbun (読売新聞) Japanese daily newspaper.



Bibliography, Japanese Society of Ethnology (日本民俗学会 文献情報) Covers monographs published since 1996. Index to Minzokugaku kenkyu is also available from the first issue (1935) to present.
National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka (国立民俗学博物館) The National Museum of Ethnology ( inpaku, short for Kokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakubutsukan) was established in 1974.



60s’ Wonder World (60年代通信) Information on Japanese culture in the 1960s cultures , especially youth culture. Includes TV advertisements and programs, magazines, songs, candies, children’s games, cartoons, films, etc
Anime Checklist
A complete checklist of Japanese animated figures (anime) produced in Japan since 1917.
All cinema ONLINE One of the most comprehensive cinema database including foreign movies. Information included are reviews, images, and related data copyrighted by Sringray Company. Listed new and old Japanese and foreign movies.
Japan Art Catalog Library (アートカタログ・ライブラリー) 13,000 titles (of a total of 21,000 titles in the collection) are cataloged and searchable online.
Japan Arts Council – Digital Library ( 日本芸術文化振興会・文化デジタルライブラリー) Covers Japanese culture and traditional dances and drama theaters. Includes also instructual texts related to Japanese classic stage arts.
Japanese Film Database (日本映画データベース) Over 34,000 titles of films made in Japan since 1899 are searchable by title, cast, directors, and year. Also lists related reference books.
Kyoto National Museum Collection Catalog ( 京都国立博物館収蔵品カタログ) Over 5,000 items held by the museum are searchable by title, creator, type, nationality, period, etc. 10,000 images are viewable.
Readers’ Guide to Arts of Japan An extensive bibliography of printed materials on the arts of Japan. Citations are critically annotated.
Tokyo National Museum ( 東京国立博物館) Established in 1872. In 1947 it is renamed from Imperial Household Museum, National Museum to Tokyo National Museum in 1952. Materials held are archeology, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, decorative arts and others from various region in the world. Also guided in Chinese, English, Korean, and others.
TV Drama database ( テレビドラマデータベース ) Over 27,000 TV dramas since 1940 are searchable by title, cast, creator, abstract, and writers.
Ukiyo-e Link ( 浮世絵リンク集 ) Links to museums and institutions with Ukiyo-e collections.


Economics / Finance

Bank of Japan ( 日本銀行 ) Extensive data on Japanese economy and finance as well as reports on economic and monetary policies are available. The bank’s own Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies 金融研究所 offers many full-text reports in Japanese and English published by the bank since 1997. The Currency Museum ( 貨幣博物館), another affiliate of the bank, is rich in information on the history of Japanese currency.
Development Bank of Japan (日本政策投資銀行 ・旧日本開発銀行 ) Full text of many of the bank's research papers are available, as well as handy dictionaries of financial terms.
Ministry of Finance of Japan (財務省)
Nippon Keidanren (日本経済団 体 連合会) Site of Japan’s most influential business interest group. Nippon Keidanren is a comprehensive economic organization born in May 2002 by amalgamation of Keidanren (Japan Federation of Economic Organizations) and Nikkeiren (Japan Federation of Employers' Associations). Its membership of 1,623 is comprised of 1,306 companies including 91 foreign ownership, 129 industrial associations, and 47 regional employers' associations (as of May 27, 2004).



Digital Image Collection, Kyoto University (京都大学附属図書館貴重資料画像) The extensive historical resources offered on this site include the Meiji Restoration database, National Treasure Konjaku monogatari, Goseibai shikimoku, and Fujikawa collection of medical books.
Historical Documents Image and F ull-text Database, National Museum of Japanese History (国立歴史民俗博物館蔵中世古文書データベース) 1, 925 items of medieval documents are cataloged; image data available for some.
Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo (東京大学史料編纂所) The most extensive and comprehensive digital resource site for Japanese history, including an index to Dai Nihon shiryo and the full text of Heian ibun.
Japanese Old Photographs in Bakumatsu - Meiji period ( 幕末明治期日本古写真画像データベース・長崎大学) Searchable archive of 5,41 4 photographs of Nagasaki and other parts of Japan taken during the latter half of the 19th century (1860 -1920) . An English / Japanese site.
International Research Center for Japanese Studies ( 国際日本文化研究センター・ 日文研データベース)
A variety of the center's databases for historical resources; strong in visual information.
Japan center for Asian Historical Records (アジア歴史資料センター ・国立公文書館 ) Opened in Nov. 2002, the center aims to provide Internet access to Asia-related official documents held by three national archival collections. 225,000 catalog records and 2.7 million images are available so far.
Kano Bunko Image database (狩野文庫画像データベース ・ 東北大学附属図書館) Searchable archive of 450 old Japanese maps and 280 titles of illustrated books and scrolls.
National Museum of Japanese History (国立歴史民俗博物館) The museum is digitizing its primary documents and compiling bibliographies and a collection catalog; mostly accessible without restriction.
National Archives of Japan (国立公文書館) Searchable catalog of 490,000 volumes of Naikaku bunko, which includes official documents since the Edo government and other historically significant books and manuscripts.


Law / Politics/Government

Japanese Law (Lawtext Forest) (日本の法令 (法林) Japanese laws and regulations from 1859 to 1999, including two constitutions; searchable and full text. Last modified: Dec.21 1999.
Japanese Legal Researchaw An overview of materials available on the net and in books; annotated list of resources; functions as a research guide to Japanese law.
Legal D ata S upply S ystem (法令データ提供システム ・ 総務省行政管理局 ) Current laws are searchable by name, category, year enacted, and short name.
Ministry of Justice (法案 法令 ・法務省 ) Full text of all laws passed in the Diet since the 145th session (1999).
Statutes and Parliamentary Documents Room, NDL (国 立国 会図書館法令議会資料室) Comprehensive introduction to resources on Japanese statutes in all formats; extensive links to useful resources.



Aozora B unko (青空文庫) Fan texts of literature ( 4,399 titles as of Feburary 2005). Similar to Project Gutenburg.
Electronic Katei Bunko (霞亭文 庫 電子版 ・東京大学付属図書館 ) Searchable image database of 1,159 Edo period novels and dramas, including kibyoshi, sharebon, and otogi zoshi.
Full-text D atabase of Japanese Classics (古典文学本文データベース ・国文学研究資料館 ) Full text of Nihon Koten bungaku taikei (Iwanamai).
Japanese Literature Text File (日本文学等テキストファイル) List of links to full-text reproductions of Japanese literature.
J-Texts (日本文学電子図書館) Full texts of literature.
Modern Japanese Literature Image Database (近代文献画像データベース ・ 国文学研究資料館 = National Institute of Japanese Literature: NIJL ) 43 modern poetry books (about 8,300 pages) are available. Four additional collections now being digitized.
National Institute of Japanese Literature (国文学研究資料館 = National Institute of Japanese Literature: NIJL )
Gateway site for an important institution provides access to the following three resources and more.
NIJL OPAC of Japanese Classics (マイクロ資料/和古書目録 ・ 国文学研究資料館 = National Institute of Japanese Literature: NIJL ) Over 260,000 records of classics in book and microform.


Politics / Government

Diplomatic record office of the Ministry of Foreign affairs (外務省外交史料館 ) List of public and declassified diplomatic records.
Full text D atabase of M inutes of the Diet ( 国会会議録 ・国立国会図書館 ) Coverage since the first parliament session in May 1947.
Japanese Government Web Resources ( 電子政府の総合窓口 ) Gateway for Japanese Government information on the web.


Japan’ s Political Parties

House of Representatives ( 衆議院 )
House of Councilors ( 参議院 )
Liberal Democratic Party ( 自民党 )
Democratic Party ( 民主党 )
Socialist Democratic Party ( 社民党 )
Japanese Communist Party ( 共産党 )
Kanpo (National Gazette) Index ( 官報検索 )
Index to tables of contents of Kanpo since June 3, 1996.
Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet (首相官邸) This official site offers the latest information on the prime minister regarding a variety of topics.
World and Japan D atabase (田中昭彦研究室 データベース世界と日本」) Texts and data for modern Japanese politics and diplomacy, including major speeches by prime ministers and cabinet members since 1885. Offered by Akihiko Tanaka.



Database on Religious Organizations in Japan (宗教教団情報データベース) Searchable database on 372 religious organizations
Digital Dictionary of Buddhism (電子佛教辭典) Includes terms in English, Sanskrit, Pali, and Tibetan found in Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Tibetan texts. Definitions provided in English.
eBible Japan (日本語聖書検索) Three Japanese translations of the Old and New Testaments, searchable by word.
International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism (花園大学国際禅学研究所) Downloadable Zen texts from the Daizokyo and Zokuzokyo. Searchable full text database of Gozan Bungaku zenshu (Shiunkaku, 1935-1913).
Taisho Shin shu Daizokyo ( Taisho Tripitaka )(大正新脩大蔵経 ・東京大学 ) Full text of the Taisho Shinshu Daizokyo.
Sotozen Net (曹洞禅ネット) Articles and papers on the Soto school (1868 to 2001); searchable by title and author.



Image Database of Classic Texts on Women ( 女性関連資料画像原文データベース ・奈良女子大学 ) 68 titles of Edo- and Meiji-period books for women are presented in image and text; also full-text images of three prewar journals meant for educators and homemakers.
Ohara Institute for Social Research, Hosei University (大原デジタルライブラリー ・法政大学 ) Labor and social issues: image database of 4,100 labor movement posters, full-text databases of institute publications, comprehensive bibliography of labor and social issues, index to over 150,000 articles published after 1960, and extensive links to e-text.
Resources for searching sociology texts ( 社会学文献 探索・大阪大学 )
Sociology Text Database ( 日本社会学文献情報データベース ・富山大学 ) Comprehensive bibliography of scholarship on sociology published in Japan (64,372 records, 1945-present)
Bibliography of Japanese Sociology Database ( 社会学文献情報データベース )
Socius (ソキウス) Created by sociologist Kazuo Nomura (Professor of Kokugakuin University), including his work and useful links.
WinetCASS, National Women’s Education Center (国立女性教育会館) Gender/women’s studies. An extensive bibliography, statistics, directory of gender studies courses offered in Japanese universities, etc.


Statistics / Public Opinion Polls

Bank of Japan Statistics (日本銀行 統計・データ) The data in this site are extracted from the Financial and Economic Statistics Monthly. Figures are updated every business day and revised retroactively.
Data Archive, Social Science Japan (SSJデータ・アーカイブ)
JETRO Trade and International Payments Statistics
(日本の貿易統計・国際収支統計) Both current and long-term (1958-2002) statistics are available in Excel format.
Links to Private Sector Statistics ( インターネット提供の民間統計集 ) National Federation of Statistical Associations.
Ministry of Finance Statistics ( 財務省統計資料 ) Last five years of figures pertaining to the government budget, government bonds, trade statistics, balance of payments, etc.
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Statistics ( 厚生労働統計一覧 ) Ministry-issued statistical data in Excel format.
Public Opinion Poll, Broadcasting Culture Research Institute NHK (NHK 放送文化研究所世論調査ファイル) “Tokei/shiryo” and “Seron chosa” entries lead to polls and surveys conducted by the institute over the past few years.
Public Opinion Polls / Surveys (内閣府 世論調査・アンケート) Full text of selected polls and surveys conducted by the government since 1977.
Statistic Bureau Union guide to government statistics, Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications (総務省統計局統計情報総合案内) Gateway to statistics generated by government offices. Includes Census of Japan .


Other Japanese Studies Sites

ANU Library Scholarly Information Services (国立 大学図書館協議会 )
Academic Society Home Village (学協会リスト ・ 国立情報学研究所) Comprehensive entry to Japan’s academic societies; maintained by the National Institute of Informatics.
Index to Resources on Internet ,University of Tokyo Library (インターネット学術情報インデックス)
Japan’s Academic A ssociations in Humanities (国内人文系研究機関) Created and maintained by Hitoshi Goto of Tohoku University.
Japanese Studies Resources , Duke University Library East Asian Collection A very comprehensive listing of Japanese Studies resources from the Duke University East Asia Collection.
Japanese Text Initiative Titles are searchable on this site by characteers or words; the texts can be searched as a group or individually. Includes the Japanese-English Dictionary Portal and a guide to accessing Japanese character texts on the web. From the Univ. of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center and the Univ. of Pittsburgh East Asian Library.
Periodical I ndex / Occupation Period ( 占領期雑誌記事情報データベース ) Index of the most complehensive collection of periodicals (over 13,000 titles) issued in Japan from 1945 – 1949. This collection is a part of the Gordon W. Prange Collection at the University of Maryland.
Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies ( ハーバード大学ライシャワー日本研究所 ) English- and Japanese-language site of annotated resources in academic Japanese studies. Includes schools, research institutes, libraries, reference tools, news media, government and legal sites, history archives, teaching and language learning sites, scholarships, jobs, etc.


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