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Since 2008, the Asian Division has been acquiring Japanese e-resources. The databases listed below are continuing subscriptions and can only be accessed from the Asian Reading Room.

BookPLUS: Catalog containing bibliographic information for nearly 2 million books published in Japan. [Search in Japanese only]

eol AsiaOne The eol database provides detailed information on corporate Japan and the East Asia region, including company and management profiles, annual reports, publicly filed financial and compliance documents, and press releases. It contains data of every publicly-traded company (over 4,000 in Japan and approx. 6000 in East Asia) and private, unlisted companies (approximately 1,900) covering from 1984 to present, and updated daily. Actual financial data can be downloaded. Available in both Japanese and English interfaces. [Interface: Japanese & English; search in Japanese, English, Chinese & Korean]

Japan Chronicle: The English-language Kobe Chronicle Weekly (1900-1941), and Japan Chronicle Daily (1929-1940) are the newspapers of record for Japan’s engagement with modernity and its emergence, through war, political and social upheaval and seismic social change in East Asia, onto the world stage in the first half of the twentieth century. [English]

Japan Times:: Japan Times Ltd., founded in 1897, publishes Japan’s oldest English language newspaper. Today, the Japan Times is the country’s only independent English-language newspaper. In it readers will find the latest news and features from Japan: business, politics, commentary, culture, lifestyle, entertainment and sports. [English]

Japan Times Archives:: Japan Times Ltd., founded in 1897, publishes Japan’s oldest English language newspaper. The Archive commences with no. 1 of the Japan Times (March 22, 1897) and covers The Japan Times & Mail (April 2, 1918-Nov. 10, 1940), the Japan Times and Advertiser (Nov. 11, 1940-Dec. 31, 1942), the Nippon Times (Jan. 1, 1943-June 30, 1956), and the Japan Times (July 1, 1956-Dec.31, 2013). [English]

JapanKnowledge+ (plus): Japan knowledge contains various reference sources, including dictionaries (Japanese, English and multi-languages), encyclopedias (Encyclopedia Nipponica, Encyclopdeia of Japan, Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan, etc. [Interface: Japanese only; search in Japanese & English]

Kikuzo II Visual : Asahi Shinbun Online : A full-text database of over 13 million articles and advertisements on the paper since its first issue in 1879. [Search in Japanese only]

Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan : Contains hard data and full text on Japanese politics, government, economics and corporate behavior, as well as information on Japanese art, culture, and history. As of 2008, consolidated into JapanKnowledge. [Interface: Japanese only; search in Japanese & English]

Koseisha Zasshi Kiji Sakuin Shusei:: The Koseisha database provides indexing to journal/periodical articles published in Japanese from early Meiji period (1868-1912) to the current including academic journals and popular (general interest) magazines. The database merges data from CiNii (Citation Information by the National Institute of Informatics), a database of journal articles and research bulletins by academic institutions and societies. It also covers Zasshi Kiji Sakuin-Japanese Periodicals Index by the National Diet Library, Japan.

Kusuda Collection Online: Contains the papers of Minoru Kusuda (1964-2003), the secretary of Prime Minister Eisaku Sato (1902-1975). Sato is the only Japanese to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, and his term as prime minister (1964-1972) is the longest of any Japanese PM since the end of World War II. The papers consist of manuscripts and documents circulated internally within the Sato administration and among cabinet members, which the official first secretary Kusuda kept until his death in 2003.

MagazinePLUS: Japanese index to over 4 million articles in 8,500 journals and magazines covering medicine, science, law, humanities, popular culture, business and social sciences. [Search in Japanese only]

Maisaku (Mainichi Shinbun): The Mainichi Shinbun 毎日新聞 (“Daily News”) is the oldest existing Japanese daily newspaper with a history spanning over 140 years. During the transformative years of the Meiji era (1868-1912), two newspapers were established: the Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun 東京日日新聞, in 1872, and the Osaka Nippo 大阪日報, in 1876. The two papers merged in 1911 and were placed under the Mainichi Shinbun masthead in 1943. The "Maisaku" database provides access to over 6 million articles from Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun, Osaka Nippo, and Mainichi Shinbun from 1872 to the present and from the Mainichi Weekly Economist from 1989 to the present. In addition, users gain access to the following supplementary content: The Mainichi (English-language publication of MS, June 2008- present); Mainichi Opinion Polls (Mainichi Yoron Sāchi, more than 360 polls conducted since 1945 from the only newspaper poll database in Japan); “2,001 Major Events of the 20th Century” (a selection of over 2,000 major events, as described in series of articles published by MS over 100 years); and a history of the development of Mainichi Shinbun as a publication and a company. [Search in Japanese only except The Mainichi Daily, English-language newspaper]

Nikkei Telecom21:The database focuses on Japan-related matters containing the following:

  • News Flashes - Approximately 1000 news flashes per day virtually in real-time.
  • Article Archive Search - 500-200 articles updated per day. Backfile goes as far back as 1876-1961 and 1975. Sources include major business and financial newspapers published by Nikkei such as the Nikkei and Nikkei Business Daily.
  • Corporate Profiles - Data compiled for over 20,000 Japanese firms including basic corporate information and financial data.
  • People Search - Data available for more than 200,000 corporate executives, politicians and government officials in Japan.

The main language of this database is Japanese. However, news flashes and article archive searches are also available in English. The sources of the database are reliable Nikkei sources.

Rafu Shimpo: Rafu Shimpo is the longest running Japanese American newspaper in the United States. The paper began in 1903 supporting the small but growing Japanese community in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, California. By the 1940s it was the most widely circulated paper in the region and included a weekly English section for second generation Japanese Americans. Rafu Shimpo was completely suspended from 1942-1945, and no issues were produced. The Rafu Shimpo Digital Archive contains all obtainable published issues from 1914 through 2017. Included is an institutional subscription to that allows for full access to the present day. The archive will grow with additional years’ worth of content added annually.

Sports Industry History Database: The Sports Industry History Database is a full-text database of the first sporting goods trade newspaper in Japan, which started its publication in 1948. It is essentially the ONLY specialized newspaper resource available to study the development of sports, the sports industry, and the sporting goods trade in Japan. In addition, this archival collection is not held at any institutions or libraries, including the National Diet Library, Japan; it is only available from the publisher of the newspaper itself. The full-text contents include 900 issues of this newspaper and can be searched by keywords.

Taiwan Nichinichi Shinpō (Taiwan Daily News): Taiwan Nichinichi Shinpo (Taiwan Daily News) was the official and most prominent Japanese newspaper in Taiwan during the colonial period from 1895-1944. It has keyword search and browse by date capabilities. The full-text electronic resource is produced by Han Zhen Corporation (i.e. Transmission Books & Microinfo) in Taipei, based on the microfilms by Yumani in Japan.

WhoPlus: WhoPlus consists of three biographical databases: WHO I, which covers economics, society, and politics; WHO II, which covers academia, literature, and journalism; and WHO III, which covers the arts, entertainment, and sports; plus five other biographical reference sources. Titles included in WhoPlus are: Jinbutsu bunken joho, which has information on about 320,000 individuals; Jinbutsu refarensu jiten, which has information on 148,844 Japanese and 104,677 non-Japanese individuals; Jiten kindai Nihon no senkakusha which has information on 1,100 18th-century Japanese; Umi o koeta Nihon jinmei jiten which has information on 1,700 Japanese from the 16th to 19th centuries; Chosho, chosha joho; Nichigai sentei koshiki URL-shu; and Sho no Jiten Fairu, a comprehensive database of Japanese national and local prizes and awards in science, arts, music, literature and culture, as well as biographical information on the more than 200,000 recipients of these awards. [Search in Japanese only]

Yomidas Rekishikan: An electronic database of more than 11 million newspapers articles published in Yomiuri Shimbun, the largest circulating newspaper in the world. Its publication started in 1874. The database includes other contents such as articles from The Daily Yomiuri, Yomiuri’s English newspaper and Japanese Who’s Who.


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