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East Asian Studies: Japan

This guide provides access to key resources for East Asian Studies at NYU and elsewhere.

New to NYU 2017-2018

The Japan Times Archive - online
The Japan Times Archives includes the English language newspaper published in Japan, The Japan Times. Published between 1897 and 2014, this valuable resource is now available online at NYU! Try it and contact your librarian ( with questions or comments. "This expanded product line allows users to search and view all the valuable resources the Japan Times has been delivering to the world, including thousands of detailed articles about Japan and East Asia, since its inception." It also includes advertisements. 

Foreign Office Files for Japan, 1919-1952
Published in three parts, this collection makes available extensive coverage of British Foreign Office files dealing with Japan between 1919 and 1952.

  • Japanese Imperialism and the War in the Pacific, 1931-1945
  • Occupation of Japan, 1946-1952
  • Japan and Great Power Status, 1919-1930

Japan Chronicle Online
English language weekly newspaper published in Japan (1900–1940), This collection includes the Kobe Weekly Chronicle (1900-1901) the predecessor of the Japan Chronicle Weekly.

Japanese Search Tips

BobCat and WorldCat    - Search them using Kanji/漢字!  If you don't find what you need, search with romanization. BobCat and WorldCat use the Library of Congress romanization system for Japanese, which is based on the principles of the modified Hepburn system (for example, 新聞 is romanized as shinbun not shimbun).

Planning to study in Japan?
For more information about Japanese libraries and resources, see this guide: NCC's Online Guide to Research Access to Japanese Collections and Resources (2016 edition). (North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources)
Search Webcat Plus (NACSIS Webcat) to see holdings of libraries in Japan.

For subject guides to research about Japan, try NCC's Subject Guide Portal.

Looking for Japanese guides to resources? Try the National Diet Library of Japan guides - Risāchi nabi リサーチ・ナビ

Not at Bobst?

If you need a resource that we don't appear to have, try searching Worldcat and requesting through ILL. You can also search Japanese Union Catalogs like Webcat Plus (NACSIS Webcat), Webcat Plus Minus, CiNII books, National Diet Library OPAC, Tokyo Metropolitan Library OPAC (allows you to search within contents of books), Tokyo University OPAC, National Institute of Japanese Literature OPAC, and more. If the item is in another North American library, you may want to request the material via InterLibrary Loan. Thanks to an arrangement by the North American Coordinating Council for Japanese Library Resources (NCC), it is also possible to obtain journal articles and books not held by a North American library from Japan. See the Global Interlibrary Loan framework site or ask the East Asian Studies librarian for details.

Some Libraries and Archives in Japan:

Webcat Plus: NACSIS Webcat is a database that consists of the holdings of libraries throughout Japan (similar to Worldcat). It is a great way to search for who has what in libraries in Japan. Also allows you to search bookstores.
National Diet Library of Japan (NDL), The national library of Japan (similar to the Library of Congress). NYU is now a registered library with NDL! We can borrow books when needed. Request through ILL (up to 10 books at a time, for 1 month use on campus at Fales Library on the 3rd floor of Bobst). NDL has wonderful digital collections to search and read online including political history materials, Meiji Period books, Allied Occupation Period materials, Doctoral Dissertations, rare books and old materials, official gazettes, and Audiovisual materials.
JACAR, The Japan Center for Asian Historical Records, part of the National Archives of Japan. This is a digital database that provides access to official documents of the Japanese Cabinet, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Army and Navy.
The National Archives of Japan, "The National Archives is an organization for preserving, as historical materials, public records and archives of importance transferred from state organs, and providing them for public use, with the aim of achieving appropriate preservation and use of such public records and archives that are kept in the National Archives or state organs as historical materials." Their website includes digital collections.

Online bookstores in Japan:  This is a domestic catalog of all Japanese books in print
Amazon Japan. Not all Amazon Marketplace sellers will ship internationally.
Kosho. An online site for used bookstores. Many won't ship internationally.

Maruzen E-Book Library

Maruzen E-Book Library at NYU

LEARNING JAPANESE? Access Japanese language learning reader e-books - Japanese E-books through Maruzen Ebook Library
にほんご多読ブックス/Nihongo tadoku bukkusu (34 vols.)
にほんごよむよむ文庫/Nihongo Yomuyomu bunko (43 vols.)

Click on this link or search the NYU library catalog for "Maruzen Ebooks." Once at Maruzen Ebook Library, select from the Nihongo Taishukan Tadoku books we have, or the Nihongo Yomuyomu bunko books. They are all listed together in order by title of the individual ebook.

Our subscription allows 1 user by title at a time. It is important for the user to press “閲覧終了” when finished to allow the next user to access the content. That said, if there is no use, or if you don't flip the page for 10 minutes, the user will be automatically logged out when the next user tries to access the same title. If there are no other users trying to access, the first user can access the title without any restrictions. Have fun and let your librarian know what you think!

Online Japanese Newspapers

Yomidas Rekishikan database Includes the full text of the Yomiuri shinbun from its initial publication in 1874 to the present, as well as its English language equivalent, the Daily Yomiuri, and a biographical dictionary of modern Japanese figures. Articles are indexed by keyword to 8/31/1986 and can be searched full-text and by keyword from 9/1/1986 to the present. See the NEW ENGLISH USER GUIDE on the Home page.

Kikuzo II database contains all past issues of the Asahi shinbun. It contains image data of the pages printed during the Meiji, the
Taishō and the early Shōwa periods.  It contains more than 12 million items of articles and advertisements of the paper since its first issue in 1879. This database also has an extensive archive of historical photographs, a Who's Who dictionary, Asahi gurafumagazine, full text of the contents of Aera magazine from 1985 to the present. Kikuzo II also includes an English language news database with articles published in Asahi shinbun's English language newspaper. It includes the International Herald Tribune, The Asahi shinbun, and AJW (Asia & Japan Watch), an online English news portal that goes back to 2001.  
For a subtitled guide to searching Kikuzo II (listen in Japanese, read in English):

As of January 2017, Kikuzo II has a new English interface and other features related to its English searching pages.

Reference, GIS Data, and Statistics

We subscribe to JapanKnowledge, a rich resource of Japanese reference sources. Among the many encyclopedias and dictionaries it includes is the Nihon Kokugo Daijiten. Click the Japanese "login" button to access. Access to the Kodansha Encyclopedia English-language Encyclopedia of Japan is through this interface. It also contains full text of the journal, Ekonomisuto (Weekly Economist), from 2015-present.

For GIS data on Japan, consult the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan. (
In a trial run. "Created by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI), the “GSI Globe” map is based on the contour lines of the land and mountains, and patches of aerial photos are layered on the virtual diorama." (Yoshida, Susumu. Asashi shinbun, 4/4/16). Users can zoom in or out of the map and see the full Japanese archipelago. It can be rotated a full 360 degrees.

For STATISTICS on Japan, consult Japan Statistical Yearbook (Nihon tōkei nenkan/日本統計年鑑), available on the website of the Statistics Bureau, Ministry of International Affairs and Communication, Japan. The site includes back numbers from 2011 until today.

Japanese Articles via Databases--In Japanese

Japanese Literary Texts Online

  • Denshi Toshokan: A comprehensive, frequently updated collection of links to Japanese e-texts, both premodern and modern. Includes links to some of the biggest collections, including Aozora Bunko and the Japanese Text Initiative.
  • Japan PEN Club: A wide range of digitized texts are available here, including poetry, fiction, and children's literature.
  • Japanese Text Initiative: A collaboration of the University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center and the University of Pittsburgh East Asian Library to make texts of classical Japanese literature available online.
  • J-Texts: Many of the texts here are pre-modern, but it also includes a link to the complete works of Dazai Osamu.
  • Kindai Digital Library: A National Diet Library project that has digitized more than 55,000 Meiji period texts.
  • PD Toshoshitsu: An eclectic collection, including works not found elsewhere. 

Japanese Print Journals

Thanks to a generous gift, we have many back issues of major Japanese journals from the mid- to late 20th century. They can be searched by title in BobCat and browsed in the East Asian Collection in the 10th floor North reading room. In addition, we have ongoing subscriptions to the following print journals in Japanese. Current issues are in the Current Periodical room on the 3rd floor of Bobst; bound back issues are found in the stacks of Bobst at the call number indicated in BobCat.

Gendai shiso 現代思想

Gunzo 群像

Kokubungaku: kaishaku to kansho 国文学解釈と鑑賞

Nihon bungaku日本文学

Sekai 世界

Shincho 新潮

Shiso 思想

Yuriika ユリイカ

Open Access Repositories - JAPAN

For English language resources

For English language resources on Japan, see the Home page of this guide.

Subject Librarian

Audio Books

Listen to Japanese literary works at the Voice Library.

Read Manga - Online and Print

Japanese Manga/漫画 at NYU Library!

(Bishōjo senshi Sērāmūn = Pretty guardian sailormoon /美少女戦士セーラームーン, by Naoko Takeuchi)

The library added 236 titles of print Japanese manga (漫画) to its collection!  They include shōjo manga(少女漫画) many written by the Year 24 Group (24 nengumi) group of women manga writers and artists. Most of the manga are now back from their temporary place on the 9th floor and are located by call number on the 10th floor of Bobst Library with the rest of the East Asian CJK collection. Check them out while enjoying the view from the reading room!

We also recently acquired 403 issues of the serial: Garo monthly manga/月刊ガロ漫画. These are now cataloged (click here to view the catalog record), held offsite, and available for circulation

For a brief blurb about the manga collection, see the summer 2016 edition of the library magazine, Progressions.

In addition to those at NYU, at you can read out-of-print manga. New titles are added frequently, and an English translation is in the works. 

Interested in research on manga? Take a look at The Japan Society for Studies in Cartoons and Comics (JSSCC, Nihon manga gakkai / 日本マンガ学会) associated with the Kyoto International Manga Museum.

Links to News and Other Guides

For links to TV feeds about the 2011 Tsunami/earthquake in Japanese and English, newspapers, and other media, see this guide, created by Sharon Domier, Japanese Studies Librarian at UMass, Amherst.

For archival materials, see the Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters created by the Harvard University Reischauer Institute

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