Japanese Studies


A. Purpose and Program Description

The Libraries seek to support research in all aspects of humanities and social sciences related to Japanese, Chinese and Korean studies in Japan. It supports the needs of undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students, the teaching faculty, post-docs, and research staff members.

During the first half of the 1990’s, there was a drastic increase of undergraduate users of our collection.

New courses recently introduced include: New trends in the field in the past several years are researches and topics of papers written by all levels of students and faculty members done in interdisciplinary subject areas from which materials weren’t collected by our library in the past.

Areas of established specialization are Buddhism, Japanese literature, history and art history, which are stronger than other fields, although they need strengthening as well as other areas, social sciences in particular.

B. General Selection Guidelines (see classed analysis for detailed statement)

Overall, the library’s existing collection for Japanese Studies, its current acquisitions commitment, based upon available resources, and its collecting goal are all at the research level.

C. Specific Delimitations

  1. Formats collected: We collect monographs, periodicals, reference tools and scholarly series, annuals, audio-visual materials, maps and textbooks selectively. CD-Roms and other electronic tools are excluded.
  2. Imprint Dates Collected: We collect 19th and 20th century materials extensively and materials from all periods selectively.
  3. Languages Collected: We collect Japanese language materials extensively.
  4. Place of Publication: We collect publications from Japan extensively and all other countries selectively.