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  • 2014-03-28
    • Approximately 47,000 periodicals were added to the NDL Digital Collections. The full texts of these materials are onsite access only, but their bibliographic information and table of contents are available on the Internet.
  • 2014-03-12
    • The following approximately 14,000 items were added to the NDL Digital Collections.
      ・About 2,200 items from the Records of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey (USSBS)
       (available in "Materials on the Allied Occupation of Japan")
      ・About 600 items from the Records of General Headquarters, Far East Command
       (available in "Materials on the Allied Occupation of Japan")
      ・About 1,500 books in the fields of social science and humanities from the Prange Collection
       (available in "Prange Collection")
      ・About 8,100 children's books from the Prange Collection
       (available in "Prange Collection")
      ・About 1,800 books
       (available in "Books")
      Almost all the 2,200 items from the Records of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey (USSBS) are available on the Internet. The others are available only within the facilities of the NDL.
  • 2014-03-12
    • Approximately 650 items from the Records of General Headquarters, Far East Command became available on the Internet.
  • 2014-01-21
    • The National Diet Library(NDL) launched the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries in Japan. The service will allow users in Japan to browse digitized materials at libraries authorized by the NDL. Targeted materials are out-of-print digitized items. We are providing about 1.31 million volumes of materials digitized by the NDL, including books, periodicals, and doctoral dissertations previously available only within the NDL premises. For details, please see “About the Digitized Contents Transmission Service” (in Japanese). The list of libraries providing this service is here.(in Japanese)

Books

The books acquired by the NDL up to 1968, parliamentary and statutory materials, and children's books are available (900,000 books as of August 2013).
Among them, 350,000 books whose copyrights have been cleared, are also available on the Internet.
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Periodicals

Of the periodicals held by the NDL, about 1,120,000 volumes (about 12,000 titles) are digitized.
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Rare Books and Old Materials

Out of the 300,000 items stored in the Rare Books and Old Materials Room of the NDL, about 92,000 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 Only)

Doctoral Dissertations

About 140,000 Japanese doctoral dissertations, received by the NDL between 1991-2000, are digitized and available within the facilities of the NDL.
Of them, 14,000 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".

Newspapers

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 140 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

Japanese Political History Materials Room of the NDL holds reports on the records of U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey (Pacific theater), including reports and memoranda on the effects and impacts of bombing of the potential targets in Japanese territories. Parts of this collection (ca. 20,000 items) are available on this database, including records of air-raids during the WW2. The NDL will continue to digitize this collection. About 1,300 items of the Records of General Headquarters, Far East Command, partly limited to onsite access, and about 500 images of illustrations used for Reports of General MacArthur are also available in this category. The originals of these documents are held by the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States.

Prange Collection

During the occupation period after the 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. 13,000 books were 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(Japanese)


    
JASRAC許諾
第J130419264号

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.

Online publications

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

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