Tag Archives: Japan

Japan: Kengo Kuma-designed Kadokawa Culture Museum prepares to open

(20 Jul 2020)  Kengo Kuma has designed this monolithic museum building in Japan, which is set to open to the public later in 2020. Located about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of central Tokyo, the ‘Kadokawa culture museum’ is part of a larger development called ‘Tokorozawa sakura town’. The site also includes an anime-focused hotel, a book […]


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Demand for library e-book rental services surging in Japan amid pandemic

(2 Jul 2020) From The Japan Times: Tokyo-based TRC Library Service Inc., which is entrusted with library operations and other businesses, said that the number of e-books borrowed through libraries started to increase around February, when the facilities began to close or scale down their services across the country due to the pandemic. The total […]


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ILCL Japan offers loan service of the exhibition “The World through Picture Books – Librarians’ favourite books from their country”

(3 Jul 2020)  The International Library of Children’s Literature (ILCL) offers a loan service of the exhibition titled “The World through Picture Books – Librarians’ favourite books from their country.” These books were collected through “The World through Picture Books” project led by IFLA section Libraries for Children and Young Adults with the aim of making a book […]


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Japan: report on the 30th NDL Forum on Preservation

(Jun 2020) On December 19, 2019, the National Diet Library (NDL) held its 30th Forum on Preservation—Disaster Preparedness for Archival Materials: daily preparedness, disaster response, and cooperation at the Tokyo Main Library, where librarians, conservators and other professionals discussed topics related to and exchanged ideas about the most effective ways of preserving library materials. Library […]


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Japan passes new copyright law to criminalize manga piracy

(9 Jun 2020) Japan has just passed a new law that criminalizes manga piracy and also to the websites that link to it. The parliament passed new copyright amendments last Friday that ban the unlicensed downloading of manga, magazines and academic texts from the Internet. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2021. The […]


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Japan: Science and Technology Research Project reports released

(2 Apr 2020) From Japan: The Research and Legislative Reference Bureau of the National Diet Library has conducted the Science and Technology Research Project since FY2010, in which certain topics from important policy issues related to science and technology are selected to be studied and analyzed in cooperation with external experts. Reports on the following […]


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Japan: Hackathon at the NDL

(Apr 2020)  From National Diet Library Newsletter April 2020: A hackathon entitled GLAM: Making Good Use of Data Created by Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums was held at the Tokyo Main Library of the National Diet Library (NDL) on September 14 and 15, 2019. Japan Search is a portal site that was developed by the […]


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Japan: Drone will buzz shelves at Chiba library to check book inventory

(11 Apr 2020) A drone will soon be flying through the shelves of a city library here, but it won’t be disturbing the concentration of patrons or interfering with the daily operation. Instead, the drone and artificial intelligence (AI) will be adapted to eliminate the troublesome, time-consuming task of regularly examining books at libraries imposed on human […]


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Japan: NDL Tokyo extended closure to May 20

(10 Apr 2020) The National Diet Library (NDL), Tokyo Main Library and International Library of Children’s Literature, will extend the temporary closure to the general public to Wednesday, May 20, 2020, as part of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Additionally, Kansai-kan of the NDL will be temporarily closed from Saturday, April […]


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Japan: NDL Tokyo temporary closed due to COVID-19

(4 Mar 2020) The National Diet Library, Tokyo Main Library and International Library of Children’s Literature, will be temporarily closed to the general public from Thursday, March 5, to Monday, March 16, as part of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please be aware that the Kansai-kan of the NDL will remain […]


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Japan: NII work with COS to promote open science

(28 Jan 2020)  National Institute of Informatics (NII, Director General: Masaru Kitsuregawa, Tokyo, JAPAN) signed an international exchange agreement (Memorandum of Understanding: MOU) with the Center for Open Science (COS, Executive Director: Professor Brian Nosek, Charlottesville, Virginia, US) in the United States on 29th October 2019. Through this agreement, the two organizations aim to contribute […]


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Japan signs the first read and publish agreement at consortium level

(27 Jan 2020) Cambridge University Press has reached a transformative Open Access agreement with the Japan Alliance of University Library Consortia for E-Resources (JUSTICE). It is the first such read and publish deal signed with JUSTICE by any publisher, the first major read and publish deal in Japan and a first for the Press in Asia. […]


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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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