In 1987, the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) was
established as an inter-university research institute of the Ministry of Education with the
goals of carrying out international, scholarly, and interdisciplinary research on Japanese
culture, and providing research support to Japan studies scholars around the world. In that
spirit, this library's mission is to build a wide-ranging collection of bibliographical
sources required for the study of Japan and to make those sources available for Japan
studies scholars in Japan and overseas to use in their research. The library also serves as
the home library for the Department of Japanese Studies in the School of Cultural and Social
Studies, which was established in April 1992 as part of the Graduate University for Advanced
The library is building a wide-ranging collection of the bibliographical
sources required for the study of Japan. The library places particular emphasis on acquiring
foreign-language books on Japan written and published overseas. At Nichibunken such books
are called "Gaisho (Japanese studies and related books in foreign languages)".
- Books (Japanese: approx. 348,000; Foreign-language: approx. 167,000, of which approx.
64,000 are "foreign books")
- Magazines (Japanese: approx. 7,100 titles; Foreign-language: approx. 1,500 titles)
- Audiovisual Materials (Videos, CDs, Maps, Photographs: approx. 190,000 titles)
- Microfilm (approx. 3,500 titles)
- Electronic Materials (approx. 2,200 titles)
（current as of March 2017）
Nichibunken's special collections include: SÔDA Collection, NOMA Collection, HIROSHIGE Tetsu
Collection, HAZAMA Collection, TAKAHASHI Masashi Collection, UNNO Collection, and
Sino-Japanese Collection. SÔDA Collection, NOMA Collection are located separately. See "Collection" for more
details on special collections.