Tag Archives: Japan

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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Japan to extend copyright period on works including novels and paintings to 70 years

(10 December 2018) The copyright period on works such as novels and paintings in Japan is set to be extended to 70 years after the authors’ deaths, from the current 50 years, effective 30 December when a revised copyright law goes into force. The copyright law was revised as part of legislation to approve the […]


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Chiba University launches open access resource “c-arc”

(4 December 2018) Chiba University launched a new academic resource collection named “Chiba University Academic Resource Collections (c-arc) ” which makes content published and provided by Chiba University Libraries widely available on the web. This website is a new infrastructure to realize “Digital Scholarship,” which promotes using digital content to research, education, and learning materials. […]


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Downloads of pirated research papers rampant in Japan

(13 November 2018) Academic papers were freely downloaded more than 1.27 million times in Japan last year from a “pirate” website, highlighting the growing reluctance to pay subscription fees for such publications, a study team said. The team, comprising researchers from the University of the Ryukyus and Nagoya Gakuin University, said the study results showed […]


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CERN collaborates with Japan’s NII on digital libraries

(15 October 2018) How we produce, share and preserve knowledge has transformed with advancements in technology and changes in publishing methods, especially in research. Particle physicists rely heavily on digital library platforms to archive, share and preserve research output. These platforms depend on Invenio, a digital library framework CERN has been developing since 2002. This […]


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Reprints Desk and Meteo broaden reach of Japanese medical information to life sciences researchers worldwide

Partnership with Japanese aggregator Meteo makes 1,368 medical journals and nearly three million Japanese articles available to reprints desk customers (28 August 2018, Encino, Calif., and Tokyo, Japan) Research Solutions, Inc.,  a pioneer in providing cloud-based solutions for scientific research, and its wholly-owned subsidiary Reprints Desk today announced that they concluded the first quarter of collaboration with […]


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Ancient Buddhist collection reprinted

(25 June 2018) A Song Dynasty (960-1279) Tripitaka, a precious collection of ancient Buddhist classics, has been reprinted through the joint efforts of Chinese and Japanese scholars. The reprinted collection contains 5,500 volumes, weighs a metric ton and is priced at 2.66 million yuan ($413,000). First compiled at the Sixi Yuanjue Monastery in Huzhou during […]


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Japan is facing a digital manga piracy crisis

(11 April 2018) Digital manga sales are on the rise in Japan. For the first time ever the digital format has overtaken print, but there is a looming crisis when it comes to piracy. One of the most notorious manga pirate websites in Japan drew a whopping 174 million visitors in the month of March, making […]


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Ruth’s Rankings News Flash! 2018-2: QS Subject rankings and THE’s new releases – Japanese Universities and the Arab League

(5 April 2018) Many of our rankings appear once a year.  QS and THE slice and dice their datasets to create subsets of their annual rankings.  Are following these releases worth our time? QS adds two subjects: Library & Information Management and Classics & Ancient History Asia has more ranked universities in Materials Science than […]


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Alma and Primo expand regional presence with adoption by two leading Japanese institutions, Keio University and Waseda University

Alma will support the two leading Japanese universities in strengthening their international positions through close collaboration, automation, and efficient workflows (28 March 2018, Tokyo, Japan) Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Japan’s Keio University and Waseda University have chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and […]


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