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The books acquired by the NDL up to 1968, parliamentary and statutory materials, and children's books are available (900,000 books as of March 2015).
Among them, 350,000 books whose copyrights have been cleared, are also available on the Internet.
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Of the periodicals held by the NDL, about 1,235,000 volumes (about 13,000 titles) are digitized.
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Rare Books and Old Materials

Out of the 280,000 items stored in the Rare Books and Old Materials Room of the NDL, about 94,000 are avaiable as digital images.

These items are: Japanese items created before the end of the Edo period (1868), Chinese items created before the end of the Qing dynasty, including Nishiki-e (colored woodblock prints), E-zu (old maps and plans), and nationally-designated important cultural properties.
About 20,000 items are available only within the facilities of the NDL, because of relatively recent or unknown publication dates.
A List of Items with Analyses and Transcriptions (Japanese)

Doctoral Dissertations

About 140,000 Japanese doctoral dissertations, received by the NDL between FY1991-FY2000, are digitized. And the NDL has acquired electronic doctoral dissertations for which degrees were conferred in or after April 2013. These are available within the facilities of the NDL.
Of them, 15,000 titles are available also on the Internet, due to the authors' cooperation.
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Official Gazettes

The Official Gazettes, from its first issue of July 2, Meiji 16 (1883) up to the issue of April 30, Showa 27 (1952), are available here. OFFICIAL GAZETTE; ENGLISH EDITION, which was published only during the occupation period by the GHQ (1946-1952) is also available online, but under the category of "Periodicals".


With the cooperation of the Ishinomaki newspaper publishing company, the picture of the wall newspaper, published six days after the Great East Japan Earthquake is exhibited.
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Modern Japanese Political History Materials

About 300 items from the document collection of the Modern Japanese Political History Materials Room of the NDL are available here. The collection includes correspondences, manuscripts, diaries, and photographs, which originally belonged to the eminent figures of the Japanese modern political history.

Materials on the Allied Occupation of Japan

The Modern Japanese Political History Materials Room of the NDL collects U.S. official documents on the Allied occupation of Japan after WW2. Parts of this collection (ca. 40,000 items) are available on this database. They have been mainly digitized from microfilms and original documents. The materials whose copyrights and other legal framework have not been cleared are available only at the NDL.
Records of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey
Records of General Headquarters, Far East Command, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, and United Nations Command, 1945 – 1960
Records of General Headquarters Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, GHQ/SCAP
Japanese Monographs
Illustrations of Reports of General MacArthur

Gordon W. Prange Collection

During the occupation period after World War II, Japanese publications were censored by the Allied Forces. The Gordon W. Prange Collection consists of the newspapers, magazines and books submitted to the Allied Powers, and the originals are now preserved in the University of Maryland, U.S. From this collection, ca. 40,000 books and other publications have been digitized and made available in the reading rooms of the NDL. Some items have notes made during the censorship process such as "delete" etc.

Historical Recordings Collection

The Historical Recordings Collection consists of about 50,000 sound recordings of music, speeches, etc. on 78rpm records and metal discs used to press commercial releases from around 1900 to 1950. To prevent loss of the sound recordings due to scatter and deterioration of 78rpm records, the Historical Records Archive Promotion Conference (HiRAC) digitized early Japanese recordings. The NDL provides all of the sound recordings digitized by the HiRAC within the facilities of the NDL and the participating libraries, and a part of the collection with expired copyright on the Internet. The collection contains recordings from a wide variety of genres such as Japanese traditional music, folk music, rakugo, kabuki, classical music, opera, popular music, speeches, etc.

Historical Recordings Collection special website(Rekion)


Science Film

The Society for the Support of the Science Film Museum (Incorporated NPO) collected and digitized science films. These films produced mainly from 1950s to 1990s.
Among these films, the films provided by the society to the NDL are available within the facilities of the NDL.


More than 27,000 TV and radio scripts up to 1980 were donated to the NDL by the consortium for the promotion of broadcast script archives in Japan. A part of the collection was digitized and made available on the Internet or within the facilities of the NDL.

Music manuscripts

The NDL collects music manuscripts and documents related to modern Japanese composers. The collection has been partly digitized and is available for viewing at the NDL.

Online Publications

Born-digital publications (white papers, annual reports, PR magazines) collected from the websites.

For archives websites, please go to Web-Archiving Project.