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East Asian Library Electronic Resources: Japanese Databases

Comprehensive listing and description of databases available through the East Asian Library

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Ahen Shiryō Shūsei = 阿片資料集成

A collection of Japanese articles in the early 20th century about the Opium War of 1840-1842. This collection may be viewed from the main computer cluster in the EAL.  A printed guide Tōa Dōbunkai Tōa Dōbun Shoin ahen shiryō shūsei mokuji  is also available at the Japanese Bibliographer’s Office.

Bijutsu Shinpō

The Bijutsu Shinpo, published from 1902 (Meiji 35) to 1920 (Taisho 9), was a journal of modern Japanese art and modern culture which was not exclusively on the art of Japan, but also treated painting, sculpture, crafts and calligraphy from the ancient to contemporary periods of the East and West.  The Web Bijutsu Shinpo contains 19 years’ worth of articles, illustrations, photographs, news items and miscellaneous entries such as advertisements and obituaries. It also has an index of about 68,000 proper nouns, searchable by keyword.

Accessible within the JapanKnowledge Lib (click on login).

Bungei Kurabu = 文芸倶楽部

A literary magazine published in 1895 integrating with several journals and run until 1933. Bungei Kurabu contains many literary works by Izumi Kyoka, Ozaki Koyo, Tayama Katai, Yamada Bimyo, Higuchi Ichiyo etc. as well as theaters, rakugo, and kodan. This database includes 457 issues and 150 extra issues covering Meiji-hen from 1895 to 1912.

Chugoku kankei ronsetsu shiryō sakuin = 中国関係論説資料索引

Searchable index to the printed collection, which includes reduced copies of articles on China in less common Japanese academic journals. This collection may be viewed from the main computer cluster in the EAL.

CiNii Articles

Japanese scholarly journal index. It includes National Diet Library Zasshi Kiji Sakuin (journal article index), thesis, research bulletins, and academic societies’ papers. A large number of full texts are available mostly in science, technology, and medicine.

CiNii Books

Bibliographic database of books and journals held in Japanese academic and research libraries. It provides information not only on current publications but also on rare books, foreign books, CDs, and DVDs.

CiNii Dissertations

Database that lets you search for information on dissertations written for doctoral degrees in Japan conferred by Japanese Universities and the National Institute for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education.

Dai Kan-Wa Jiten = 大漢和辞典 (Morohashi)

Fūzoku Gahō = 風俗画報

This graphic magazine of Japanese manners and customs was originally published from 1889 to 1916. Fuzoku gaho contains illustrations, photographs, and cartoons that describe Japanese cultural life during the Meiji and Taisho periods. The database covers the complete issues of Fuzoku gaho including special issues.

Gunsho ruijū = 群書類従

The Gunsho ruijū series includes the Gunsho ruijū, the Zoku Gunsho ruijū and the Zoku Zoku Gunsho ruijū.

The three Gunsho ruijū series in total consist of 3,750 works covering law, politics, economics, education, ethics, regional studies, history, literature, art, music, culture and entertainment. The first series was published from 1793 to 1819 by Hanawa Hokiichi, the sequel in 1821 by his son Hanawa Tadatomi, and the last series appeared from 1903 to 1909.

The Web version of the Gunsho ruijū is searchable using modern characters (新字), and text can be copied. The three series are included in the Japan Knowledge Lib, alongside other reference works and series such as, among other titles,  the Nihon kokugo daijiten, Kokushi daijiten, Shinpen Nihon kokugo bungaku zenshū, and Nihon rekishi chimei taikei.

The default basic search searches all titles available in Japan Knowledge Lib. To limit yourself to searching the Gunsho ruijū only, choose “shosai (kobetsu) kensaku” in the navigation bar. To browse, choose the “hondana.” Pages are retrieved in pdf form, but the OCR’d text is available under “tekisuto” at its right, and copyable from there.

Historical Resources for Relations between Korea and Japan DB

Japanese literature in translation

Includes Japanese literary works translated into other languages mainly from the end of World War II to the 1990s and is searchable by author, original title, translator, and other keywords.

JapanKnowledge Lib

JapanKnowledge Lib is a collection of Japanese reference resources that includes encyclopedias, language and biographical dictionaries, geographic dictionaries, who's who databases, and others.  The major encyclopedias and dictionaries are Kodansha Encyclopedia Japan, Nihon daihyakka zenshoNihon kokugo daijiten, Jitsu, Kokushi daijiten, Gunsho ruiju, and Nihon rekishi chimei taikei.  JapanKnowledge Lib also provides digital book collections; Toyo bunko, Shinpen Nihon koten bungaku zenshu, and Kojiruien, and major journal collections such as Fuzoku gaho, Taiyo, Bungei Kurabu, Koyukai zasshi, and Takita Choin kyuzo kindai sakka genkoshu

Japan Statistical Yearbook

The Japan Statistical Yearbook is the summary of current statistical information of Japan with comprehensive fields. This site links to Historical Statistics Japan as well. The interface is in English and some contents are bilingual.

Jinbutsu sōsho

Jinbutsu Sōsho is a collection of biographies of historical figures in Japan edited by the Nihon Rekishi Gakkai (The Society of Japanese history). It contains 270 volumes/persons from ancient to contemporary times within a wide range of areas such as politics, economics, literature, religion and art. Accessible from within JapanKnowledge Lib.

Jitsū =字通

See under JapanKnowledge Lib.

Keijō Nippō/ Kyŏngsŏng Ilbo (Kyungsung Ilbo)

This is a scanned version of the Keijō Nippō (Kyŏngsŏng Ilbo, also spelled Kungsung Ilbo), a Japanese language newspaper published in Korea during the Occupation Period. Current content is from 1907 to 1935. Access is by date only; results are in pdf format.

Kikuzō II bijuaru = 聞蔵 II ビジュアル (朝日新聞記事データベース)

A searchable newspaper database for the Asahi shinbun. It covers texts (in image format) from the Asahi Shinbun from 1879 to 1989, texts (in text format) from 1984 until present, and texts and images from November 2005. The 1879-1989 articles are searchable by headings and assigned topics only, the articles from 1984 are fully searchable. The weekly journal Aera and the news column of Shūkan Asahi are included, as is the latest edition of Chiezō, the annual dictionary of new words. To log-in, click on "スタート画面へ (SSL)". At this moment, access is for one concurrent user only; please make sure to log out when you are done.

Kōbunsō Taika Koshomoku

A set of antiquarian book catalogs sent out  to customers by Shigeo Sorimachi, founder of the antiquarian bookstore Kōbunsō. The digital collection contains 77 volumes, with 20,312 items, published from 1933 to 1984. The catalogs are full of detailed bibliographical information and contain a wealth of illustrations, making them a useful reference for philological and bibliographical studies.

Available from within JapanKnowledge Lib (click on log-in).

Kōdansha Encyclopedia of Japan

The English-language Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan is based on Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (1993), and contains almost all 11,000 main-text entries of that book, many updated. It has numerous hyperlinks, but does not contain any illustrations, nor the bibliographies of the earlier 9-volume Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan, published in 1983. It therefore does not completely supersede either of these works. Moreover, access is through JapanKnowledge Lib, and hence, the interface is in Japanese, making it less useful for users who do not know Japanese.

Koyūkai zasshi = 校友会雑誌

Koyukai zasshi is a campus journal which was published in the Daiichi Koto Gakko from 1890 to 1944. The total number of contributors is 2,200 which includes politicians, philosophers, and writers who played important roles later.

Kuzushiji Kaidoku Yōrei Jiten = くずし字解読用例辞典

This is a dictionary of various cursive forms of Japanese characters. The user can enter characters directly from the keyboard, or draw them using the mouse. This program may be used from the main computer cluster in the catalog room of the EAL.

Law and the Internet

A collection of links to Internet resources on Japanese law. This database may be accessed from the main computer cluster in the catalog room of the EAL.


This is the major collection of Japanese databases. MagazinePlus currently indexes several million articles from thousands of journal titles in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. It is updated weekly. It consolidates five separate databases (the Zasshi Kiji Sakuin (an index to academic journas), the Jānaru Indekkusu (an index to general journals), Joint (an index to periodicals on economics), KSK (an index to 60 foreign journals on industries), and the Gakkai Nenpō and Gakujutsu Ronbunshū (an index to yearbooks of academic societies).

Maisaku = 毎策 (Mainichi Shinbun Online Database)

The Mainichi Shinbun is one of the 3 major Japanese newspapers and Japan's oldest daily newspaper. This database provides the following contents: Mainichi Shinbun (1872-); Weekly Economist (1989-; images in reduced size edition are available from 1989-1999); and The Mainichi (English) (2008-; interface is only in Japanese). One can also browse today’s news and breaking news.

Nihon Chōki Tōkei Sōran = 日本長期統計総覧

Electronic edition of the "Historial Statistics of Japan", which is also availble in print form in the Reference Room at HC462.7.N475 2006q. The electronic version has a browsable interface and includes Excel spreadsheets of all of the statistics. This program may be used from the main computer cluster in the catalog room of the EAL.

Nihon Kokugo Daijiten = 日本国語大辞典

See under JapanKnowledge Lib.

Nihon Rekishi Chimei Taikei = 日本歴史地名大系

See under JapanKnowledge Lib.


This is a pay-per-use online business information database, with newspaper and some journal articles, as well as pertinent information on companies, businessmen, and statistics, etc. Contact the Japanese Bibliographer at the East Asian Library.

Rafu Shimpo (L.A. Japanese Daily News) Digital Archive = 羅府新報

Series of Geography, History and Customs of Manchuria-Mongolia DB

Shinpen Kokka taikan = 新編国歌大観

CD-ROM version of the Shinpen Kokka taikan. The Kokka taikan is a collection of Japanese traditional poetry from anthologies and narratives such as the Man’yoshu, Chokusen wakashu, Genji monogatari and Heike monogatari. The Kokka taikan includes 450,000 poems which are searchable by keywords and phrases, and by the unique number assigned to each poem. Access is only on one computer in the East Asian Library Catalog Room.

Statistics Japan

Governmental statistical bureau of Japan. Available in English and (fuller) Japanese.

Taiyō = 太陽

This is one of the largest journals originally published by Hakubunkan from the Meiji to Showa periods (1895 to 1928). Taiyo covers comprehensive fields including history, art, science, literature, literary criticism, politics, economics, etc. with approximately 6,500 contributors.

(Takita Choin kyūzō) Kindai sakka genkō

The (Takita Choin kyūzō) Kindai sakka genkō (近代作家原稿集) database is part of the Nihon Kindai Bungakukan collection within JapanKnowledge.

This database is a manuscript collection of modern writers involved with Takita Choin, the chief editor of Chuō Korōn, such as Tokuda Shūsei, Tokutomi Sohō, and Satomi Ton.  The collection contains 209 titles, the repeated revisions and editing of which can be traced.

Tōyō Keizai Archives

The Toyo Keizai Archives cover the Toyo Keizai Shimpo from the inaugural issue in November 1895 to the December 15, 1945 issue, for a total of 2,300 issues and 170,000 pages. Topics  include the economic modern history in Asia, politics, diplomacy, the Constitution of Japan, media, and journalism. 

Toyo Keizai Archives is accessible through JapanKnowledge Lib (click on login).

Wakokubon kanseki sōgō dētabēsu = 和刻本漢籍総合データベース

A database of information provided in jobatsu (prefaces and endnotes) and kanki (colophons) in the microfilmed collection of Chinese classical literature published in Japan and held in the Kokubungaku kenkyū shiryōkan.

Web Ōya-bunko

This database indexes consists millions of entries from Japanese popular journals that are not covered by MagazinePlus. If you would like to obtain copies from Web Oya-bunko, please consult Japanese studies librarian. 

WhoPlus (Japan)

The WhoPlus database contains biographical information on a total of  610,000 historical and contemporary people. Entries link to MagazinePlus which enables one to find citations and links to the works of that person.

The information comes from the following titles: Jinbutsu refarensu jiten, Bijutsu sakuhin refarensu jiten, Shashin refarensu jiten, and Umi o koeta Nihon jinmei jiten.

Yomidasu rekishikan = ヨミダス歴史館 (Yomiuri newspaper database))

The online version of the Yomiuri Shinbun contains searchable newspaper articles from 1874 through 1989 in image format, and from 1986 in full text. Also included is a Who's who of 26,000 people and the English-language Daily Yomiuri since 1989. When arriving at the home screen, please click the button "ログインページはこちら ".

Zasshi kiji sakuin shusei dētabēsu = 雑誌記事索引集成データベース

Index to periodical articles published in Japanese, including those in former Japanese colonies. Coverage is from 1868 to the present.

Zenkoku kanseki dētabēsu = 全国漢籍データベース

Index to the union list of Chinese books held in Japan.