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Contract Databases & Electronic Journals [Onsite Use]

日文研図書館コレクション

The following commercial databases and electronic journals of outside organizations are provided to Nichibunken under contract.

  • These databases and journals can be accessed online from PCs and via networks at Nichibunken.
  • Nichibunken-affiliated persons wishing to access them from outside Nichibunken such as from home should use Remote Access.
  • These databases can be accessed only by one person at a time; be sure to log out when you have completed your session.
  • If you have any questions, contact us from here.

Contract Databases

JapanKnowledge Lib

Japan Knowledge is an online database containing the Nihon daihyakka zensho (Encyclopedia Nipponica) and more than other 30 titles in the humanities and social sciences, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, economic journals, and books (Toyo Bunko series).
*Be sure to click the Logout button to end your session.

Major databases contained

  • JapanKnowledge Lib
    "Kokushi daijiten (Encyclopedia of Japanese History)", "Nihon kokugo daijiten (Shogakukan's Japanese Dictionary, Second Edition)", "Kadokawa Kogo Daijiten (The Great Dictionary of Archaic Japanese)", "Nihon rekishi chimei taikei (Compendium on Historical Place Names of Japan)", "Nihon daihyakka zensho (Encyclopedia Nipponica)", "Gendai yogo no kiso chishiki (Basic Modern Japanese Terms)", "Random House Ei-Wa daijiten (Shogakukan Random House English-Japanese Dictionary)", "Toyo Bunko series", "Shinpen Nihon koten bungaku zenshu (New Collections of Japanese Classical Literature)", "Shinpen Kokka Taikan", etc.
  • JKBooks
    "Taiyo (The Sun)", "The ORIENTAL ECONOMIST", "Jinbutsu Sosho", "Bungeishunju Archives", "Bungei Kurabu; Meiji-hen", "Dai-ichi Koto Gakko Koyukai Zasshi", "Fuzoku Gaho", "Gunsho Ruiju series", "Kobunso Taika Koshomoku"

List of contents
*Not all contents are available at Nichibunken. (As for JKBooks, the ones listed above are only available.)

CiNii

CiNii is the database service provided by Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII) academic searching for essays, theses, books, journals, etc. Some content is available online free of charge.

Koseisha Zassaku Plus Journal and Magazine Database

Complete database of Japanese magazines and journals from the Meiji era to the first half of the Showa era, including data of some local journals.
Search for journal articles published in Japan (former territories included) from the Meiji era onward.

Web OYA-bunko

Web Oya-bunko is catalog of magazine articles in the Oya Soichi Library .
Search for articles in Japanese general/popular magazines (weeklies, general-interest magazines, women's magazines, etc.) from 1988 to the present.
*Be sure to click the Logout button when you have completed your session.

MAGAZINEPLUS

One of Japan's largest databases for journal article search. Covering works that could not be included in CiNii, it includes 14,000 annual reports, essay collections, collections of papers from symposiums and academic conferences, and so forth, for a total of 600,000 titles. The database as a whole contains about 30,000 periodical titles and 9,800,000 separate articles.

Mita Bungaku Online

Contains a total of 397 issues of the literary journal Mita bungaku from the inaugural issue in 1910 to immediately before the end of World War II, together with some 36,000 digital images and about 17,000 records. Offers access not only to literary works and articles but advertisements within the journal as well. Authors and bibliographical details are also accessible.

Dazai Osamu Manuscripts Online

Contains Dazai Osamu-related documents in the collection of the Museum of Modern Japanese Literature, including diaries, notebooks, and manuscripts and drafts in his own hand, as well as his school textbooks. The database allows for viewing of digital images and bibliographical notes and keyword search is available for the full texts of first publications.

Kusuda Collection: Sato Eisaku Papers

Consists of over 4,000 unpublished documents from the highest level of government, left by Kusuda Minoru, chief secretary to Sato Eisaku, the longest-serving prime minister (1964-1972) in postwar Japan. Dealing with a wide range of topics from diplomatic relations to domestic issues, they are essentially "Sato Eisaku documents," including those classified as Top Secret.

Documents related to political scientist Teiji Yabe

Consists of some 6,000 primary documents in the former collection of Yabe Teiji (1902-1967), a political scientist who was deeply involved in actual politics before, during, and after World War II.
Note: "Supplements" are also available. (Access by checking the tab at "Yabe Teiji Documents Supplement" in the Search window.)

Saburo Okita Related Documents

The database contains a total of more than 200 unpublished diaries, pocket notebooks (techō), and notebooks kept by leading postwar economist and economy ministry official Ōkita Saburō (1914-1993). The documents include Ōkita's careful records of his notes of meetings he attended in Japan and overseas in the official capacity of his various posts, the details of his schedule on work-related trips overseas, and notes of meetings with important figures from various countries.

Documents related to Masayoshi Ohira

Provides online a vast collection of documents relating to Ōhira Masayoshi (1910-1980), 68th and 69th prime minister of Japan (December 1978 to June 1980). These primary sources on postwar Japanese political history consist of diverse materials, ranging from handwritten diaries, notebooks and letters, to government agency (ministries of foreign affairs, international trade and industry, etc.) documents, manuscripts of speeches and responses to questions in the Diet, and election-related materials. Included also are records of interviews with important figures in politics and business conducted in the writing of Ōhira's official biography.

Documents Related to Sakae Wagatsuma

From among the vast former collection of Wagatsuma Sakae (1897-1973), leading postwar scholar of civil law, this online database contains documents in the fields of constitutional law, judicial institutions, civil law, civil litigation, land and building leases, and nuclear power.

Yuho Bunko Collection

Includes mainly rare documents from the Yuho Bunko collection, extending from the time of the Government-General of Korea during Japanese colonial rule to the post-World War II repatriation of Japanese from Korea and Japanese external assets there as recorded by the Relief Society for Japanese Returnees from Korea (Chosen Hikiage Doho Sewakai) and the Association of Business Owners in Korea (Chosen Jigyosha Kai).

The 20th Century Media Information (The periodicals and the newspapers in the occupation period, from 1945 to 1949.)

This is the database of the periodicals and the newspapers of the Prange collection.
It consists of all covers, contents, authors, titles of articles, etc. of the periodicals (13,787 titles). It also consists all titles, start of articles, advertisements of the members of the Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association and they are all accessible for search.

*Please refer to the following URL for the Prange collection.
https://www.nichibun.ac.jp/en/library/guide/specialcollection_use/prange/

North China Daily News Online

Database of the English-language newspaper North China Daily News, launched in Shanghai in 1850. It was one of the most influential foreign newspapers of its time. The full run from 1923 to 1941 is currently accessible.

The remote access is currently out of service for this database.

Bibliography of Asian Studies Online (BAS)

Database for source materials in East Asian studies published in journals and books published in Western languages. Includes more than 610,000 articles mainly in the humanities and social sciences.

SCOPUS

Database of articles in more than 15,600 scholarly journals issued by over 4,000 publishers, including Elsevier.
In addition to data on abstracts, it provides reference and citation links for articles published from 1996 onward

OCLC WorldCat (FirstSearch)

The world's largest bibliographical database, including books, periodicals, musical scores, maps, and audio-visual materials.

The remote access is currently out of service for this database.

Maruzen eBook Library

Platform for making available ebooks specializing in academic information through Maruzen Yushodo.
* Currently, the full text of only the Chikyu no Arukikata series is available for reading.
* Requests may be made to purchase eBooks
See the "Request" button on the List of Works page. To purchase, click and fill in the required items
* To download items, your email address containing the domain name @nichibun.ac.jp and a verification code which is to be sent to the email address are required.
Using the Service

■Regarding remote access (access from outside Nichibunken):

  • The registration procedure can only be completed from a computer within Nichibunken.
  • Press the "Account" button at the upper right of the top page and complete the registration procedure.
  • Applicants may register only with their ID containing the domain name @nichibun.ac.jp.

KinoDen (Kinokuniya Digital Library)

KinoDen is a digital library service provided by Kinokuniya Book Store mainly for academic ebooks.
The following services are available:

If you use the ebook reader app bREADER Cloud you will have access to titles without going through the Nichibunken Network. (You will have access via PCs, tablets, and smartphones. First open "KinoDen" from the Nichibunken Network and then register an account from the link at the top right of the screen.)

To request purchase of an eBook see the following link:

Note 1: Books may be downloaded.
Note 2: After using a book, be sure to click the Exit button.
Note 3: If "waiting to view" appears, it means the book is in use. Wait a while and then try again.


The remote access is currently out of service for this database.

Japan Chronicle Online

This is the digital archive of the English-language weekly Japan Chronicle, which was published in Kobe from 1902 to 1940 and then absorbed by the Japan Times. A digital archive edition of Japan Chronicle is available from the inaugural issue in 1902 to the final issue in 1940 and including also its predecessor, the Kobe Chronicle, published 1900 to 1901.

The remote access is currently out of service for this database.

NII-REO Humanities & Social Sciences Collection

NII-REO provides access to the following three databases. It also allows a cross-search among the databases./p>

■Nineteenth / Twentieth Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (19c HCPP/20c HCPP)

Contains British House of Commons parliamentary papers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (1801-2004).

■Eighteenth Century British Parliamentary Papers (18c HCPP)

Contains parliamentary papers of both the House of Commons and House of Lords, stenographic records of proceedings, journals, etc.

■Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Search within the total 200,000 reels (33,000,000 pages) of text of many printed materials published in Britain and British colonies from 1701 to 1800, along with other printed materials in English including books, Bibles, advertisements, manuals, music scores, and yearbooks published in other areas.

■Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Digitalized editions of books written in English or published in England between 1475 and 1700.

Asahi Shimbun Cross-Search (former Kikuzô II Visual)

Online database of Asahi shimbun articles. Complete search and full text of articles and images of pages and clippings. Accessible only within Nichibunken.

  • Articles 1985-
  • ▸ Asahi Shimbun Main edition (from August 1984)
    ▸ Asahi Shimbun coverage (from June 1988)
    ▸ The Asahi Shimbun Digital (from May 2011)
    ▸ AERA (weekly magazine, printed in gravure; beginning with the inaugural issue in May 1988)
    ▸ 週刊朝日 (Shukan Asahi) (weekly; news pages, beginning with the April issue, 2000)
  • Digitized Archive 1879-1999
  • ▸ Image Database of Meiji and Taisho Period (from the inaugural issue in 1879 to 1926; Tokyo and Osaka editions)
    ▸ Image Database of Pre-war Showa Period (1926-1945)
    ▸ Image Database of Post-WWII Showa Period (1945-1989)
  • Image Database of Regional pages (from 1935 to 1945)
  • Overseas Editions (from 1935 to 1945)
  • Contemporary Words Chiezo
  • English-language News Database
  • Who's Who Database (Jinbutsu database)
  • Asahi Graph
  • Historical Photo Archive (historical photo archive; some 10,000 photographs taken from around the time of the Manchurian Incident in 1931 to the defeat in World War II in 1945)

Using the Service (Japanese)
*This database can be accessed by only one person at a time; be sure to click the Logout button to end your session.

*Remote access is currently unavailable. Please access via former "Kikuzô II Visual" for the time being. (updated on April 6th)

Yomidas Rekishikan [Yomiuri Shimbun archive]

Digital archive of some 12 million articles of the Yomiuri shimbun national daily newspaper (Japanese) from its first issue published in 1874 (Meiji 7) to the most recent issue (up to previous day).
Be sure to click the Logout button to end your session.

  • Meiji, Taisho & Showa Eras: Archive of all pages from the first issue on November 2, 1874 through the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras until 1989.
  • Regional Sections (Showa Era): Archive of all pages of the regional editions of the Yomiuri shimbun published from 1933 to 2001.
  • Heisei Era: Archive of articles available in text-view from 1986 to the present and in clipping-view from December 2008 to the present.
  • The Japan The Japan News: Archive in text format of the English-language Yomiuri, The Japan News, from September 1989 (first year of the Heisei era) to the present.
  • Contemporary Who's Who: Contemporary Who's Who giving names and biographical data for some 26,000 key figures in and outside Japan.

Maisaku [Mainichi Shimbun archive]

The digital archive of the Mainichi shimbun national daily newspaper (Japanese). The site allows searching for Mainichi Shimbun articles from the newspaper's founding in 1872 to the present (up to previous day).

  • Archives for not only the edition published by the head office in Tokyo but branch and local editions as well from the first issue in 1872.
  • Search for scans of pages from the first issue in 1872 to 1999.
  • Perusal using Flash format of digital reduced-size edition 1989-1999.
  • Weekly magazine Ekonomisuto [Economist] articles and pages (PDF).
  • Archive of The Mainichi English-language news site articles.
    Other databases, including "Mainichi yoron sāchi" [Mainichi Public Opinion Search] and "Mainichi Shimbun Shashi" [The History of the Mainichi Shimbun].

Using the Service
Be sure to click the Logout button to end your session.

The Japan Times Archives, September 1865 to June 1866

Digitized here is the content of the first newspaper titled the Japan Times, founded by a British publisher Charles Rickerby on September 8, 1865, three decades prior to the launch of today's Japan Times. The content includes valuable articles contributed by the widely influential British diplomat Ernest Satow. Some of these articles were translated into a Japanese, printed in booklet form the year they were published, and were circulated among young samurai activists. Titled "Eikoku sakuron" (British Policy), the articles are said to have contributed greatly to the Meiji Restoration. Other articles by Satow include his translation of excerpts from the diaries of Japanese delegates to Europe. His articles offer vivid glimpses of his times.

字林洋行中英文報紙全文数拠庫

Database of Newspapers and Journals Published in the 1912-1949 Republic of China Period (Shanghai Library Collection)
Contains Chinese and English newspapers and journals published by Zilin Yanghang, the newspaper company founded by the British merchant Henry Sherman in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Included are the North-China Herald, the North-China Daily News, the Chinese Shipping List & Advertiser, Hu bao, Han bao, Xiao xian Bao, and the North-China Desk-Hong List. Articles are searchable by title, author's name, author's affiliation, and newspaper/journal title. Photo captions and advertisements are also searchable.

The remote access is currently out of service for this database.

G-Search (@nifty)

Online search service for newspaper articles, information about persons and companies, etc.
This database is supplied by a search agent. For further information, please consult the circulation staff

LION BOLT (Legal Search Service)

Lion Bolt is a legal document search database offered by Sapiens Inc. It contains over 4,000 full-text searchable titles (one million pages) including authoritative basic books in various fields of law, commentaries, lawmaker interpretations, old and newly published books, and journals.
Note: Not compatible with Internet Explorer.

To use the database, please enter the following login ID (email address).
Login ID: riyou*nichibun.ac.jp (Replace * with @)
Note: Simultaneous accesses unlimited.

The remote access is currently out of service for this database. If you wish to access outside the center, please contact us so that we will provide another way to access remotely.

Electronic Journals

JSTOR

Access articles and reviews in back numbers of some 500 major scholarly journals.

Science Direct(Elsevier)

Access the text of some 2,000 electronic journals published by Elsevier (issues from 1998 onward only).
There are accessible and non-accessible parts in the Science Direct by usual process within Nichibunken. If you would like to use the non-accessible part of the service, the limited ID and password can be supplied. For further information, please contact riyou@nichibun.ac.jp or consult the circulation staff at the library.

LINK(Springer)

Access the text of all of about 2,000 electronic journals and 60,000 electronic books published by Springer.

Wiley interScience(Blackwell)

Access the text of all of about 850 electronic journals published by Blackwell.

The remote access is currently out of service for this database.

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