Tag Archives: Japan

Japan: Sprawling pop culture complex to open near Tokyo in 2020

(27 Dec 2019) A sprawling complex featuring a massive manga library, accommodations and a museum will open in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, next year to promote Japan’s pop culture trends worldwide. Leading publisher Kadokawa Corp., which has been building Tokorozawa Sakura Town, made the announcement at a news conference in Tokyo in late October to announce its […]


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Japan: library services remain suspended due to Typhoon in October

(27 Dec 2019) Japan’s education ministry says more than 100 public libraries were damaged by Typhoon Hagibis, which ripped through the country in October. Some libraries remain closed or have their services suspended. University library associations say nine libraries at national and private universities were damaged. NHK WORLD-JAPAN has the full story.  


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Japan aims to certify 1,000 archivists aimed at better handling of public records

(21 Dec 2019) Japan is aiming to certify about 1,000 archivists by March 2026 in a new system amid efforts to improve the management of official records, government sources said Saturday, following criticism over government handling of public documents in various scandals involving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The government has decided to launch the new system […]


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Landscape of open science in Japan

(17 Dec 2019) Dr. Yasushi Ogasaka, Director of the Department for Information Infrastructure at the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), gave the keynote presentation at the inaugural Asia-Pacific meeting of the International Association of STM Publishers (STM) in Hong Kong in June 2019. This paper, based Dr. Ogasaka’s address, shares the evolution of open science […]


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Japan: approximately 1,000 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) are newly available online

(27 Nov 2019) On November 27, the National Diet Library (NDL) made approximately 1,000 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) available for streaming online. Examples of sound recordings: 『クリスマス・キャロル(1)Joy To The World(2)Jingle Bells(3)Silent Night Holy Night(4)Deck The Halls』…A medley of four Christmas carols. 『(音楽鑑賞教育)合奏:アロハ・オエ』…A farewell song of Hawaii, performed on the Hawaiian guitar. 『あゝ、そは彼の人か(歌劇“椿姫”より)』…A recording of […]


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International book data services launched under the Marrakesh Treaty by NDL Japan

(19 Nov 2019)  Following Japan’s accession to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh Treaty)(Link to WIPO), the National Diet Library (NDL) has launched an international exchange service that loans DAISY, braille, text, and other accessible book data for persons with […]


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Moving towards open science needs extensive collaboration and best practice data sharing in Japan

(23 May 2019)  As the move towards open science progresses, the relevance of data sharing and data management increases. In a survey of more than 1,000 researchers in Japan, 95% say they are sharing research data, but a majority of them share only privately among their peers. A whitepaper “Challenges and Opportunities for Data Sharing in […]


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The bibliographic data of the National Diet Library can be freely used for various purposes

(7 May 2019) The bibliographic data of the National Diet Library (not including body text) became available for anyone at no charge, whether the purpose of use is commercial or non-commercial, from April 1, 2019. The bibliographic data includes authority data (data of authors and keywords which are arranged for use as clues when searching […]


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National Diet Library, Japan is now accepting applications for approval to receive the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries

(22 Apr 2019)  The NDL is now accepting applications from overseas institutions for approval to receive the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries. Patrons at libraries subscribing to this service will be able to search and browse digitized versions of the more than two million books, periodicals, rare books and old materials that comprise the NDL […]


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Using libraries to help foreign learners

(11 Apr 2019)  With the revised Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law having come into effect on April 1, libraries as local cultural bases for foreign residents are being promoted to encourage them to learn Japanese. As of January this year, Tokyo had about 550,000 foreign residents, or about 20 percent of all foreigners living in […]


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National Diet Library releases Next Digital Library content-based retrieval system prototype

(9 Apr 2019)  On March 29, 2019, the NDL launched its “Next Digital Library” content-based retrieval system prototype that has advanced functions using artificial intelligence (AI). The NDL is developing this system so future digital library services will be more easily usable. To find out more, see the original announcement here.  


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Growing international collaboration not yet enough to halt decline in Japan’s research output

The Nature Index 2019 Japan supplement shows that global research performance in Japan continues to fall, but the number of international research partnerships is increasing (20 March 2019) Japan’s contribution to high-quality scientific research fell by 19.9 per cent between January 2012 and October 2018 according to the Nature Index. But efforts to increase international […]


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Architect Ando donates a library to his native Osaka

(22 February 2019)  Celebrated architect Tadao Ando hopes that a new library he has designed, which will open in Osaka in March 2020, will inspire children, giving them the strength to live their own lives and spark ideas that lead to a dazzling future. The library will be a three-story reinforced concrete building with a total floor […]


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Efficient use of search portal needed for utilization of intellectual resources

(17 February 2019)  The Japanese government is set to start creating “Japan Search,” a portal site that will enable crossover searches for information about materials possessed by libraries, museums and other institutions nationwide. Ten institutions, including the National Diet Library and the National Archives of Japan, will provide pertinent data, and such information will soon be […]


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Popularity of Japanese libraries hitting publishers’ bottom line

(21 December 2018) Statistics on libraries in Japan released by the Japan Library Association show that the collections at public libraries in 2017 totaled 442.82 million books, and that there were 691.47 million loans of books over the course of the year. Although the 2010 to 2013 level of around 710 million loans has not […]


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