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Online Databases for Japanese Studies
The databases listed here are selected by our area studies specialists. Unless indicated as free internet resource, they are accessible on and off campus to Pitt-affliated users only.
NOTE: If you are accessing the following sources off-campus, please first click here for off-campus connection.
JapanKnowledge is a portal to Japanese encyclopedias, dictionaries and databases.
Contents include Nihon Kokugo Daijiten, a largest Japanese language dictionary that contains 500,000 entries and 1,000,000 examples, Rekishi Chimei Taikei, a largest historical & geographical dictionary that consists of 51 volumes, contains 200,000 entries, and updated from printed version (1979-2005), Kôdansha Encyclopedia of Japan, the largest encyclopedia in English about Japan, Nihon Dai Hyakka Zensho, one of the largest encyclopedia in Japanese (31 volumes), Jitsû, one of the best dictionaries about history and culture of Kanji, Imidas and Gendai Yôgo no Kiso Chishiki, dictionaries of current words, e-book of Tôyô Bunko series, e-journal of Shûkan ekonomisuto and etc.
Note: Maximum number of simultaneous users: 1
Kikuzo II Bijuaru is a full text database of Asahi Shinbun from 1945 to present. This database also includes Shukan Asahi (from April 2000 to present), AERA (from May 1988, inaugural issue to present), Chiezo (latest issue) and Asahi Shinbun Jinbutsu (Who’s who) Database.
Consists of the Nikkei Corporate Profiles, The Nikkei Who's Who, various business and economic information, and the full text database of the four Nikkei Newspapers: The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, The Nikkei Business Daily, The Nikkei Financial Daily and The Nikkei Marketing Journal. This database also includes the full text database of major newspapers: Yomiuri, Asahi, Mainichi and Sankei Shinbun.
Note: The Japan Information Service (JIS) of the East Asian Library has access to the database. Please contact the JIS if you need information from the database.
Yomidas Rekishikan is a full text database of the Yomiuri Shinbum, the largest newspaper in Japan, from the inaugural issue in 1874 to present. All full text articles of Yomiuri shinbun from 1874 to 1989 are available from image database of shukusatsuban (reduced-size edition) and most of the articles are retrievable in full text except some articles with copyright issue from 1986 to present.
Index to periodical articles published in Japanese, including those in former Japanese colonies, and including local periodicals not present in many other indexes. Coverage is from 1868 onwards. Merges data from various composite periodical indexes by Kokuritsu Kokkai Toshokan.
Free Online Resources:
Calendar Converter of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Dynastic Dates 中、日、韩历史年代对照转换工具
From the The Library and Information Center of Dharma Drum Buddhist college in Taiwan.
GiNii (Japanese Academic Databases Portal in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences), from which the following databases are free:
- WebCatPlus (Search for books, magazines, etc. in Japan)
- Kaken (Search for research projects in Japan)
- NII-DBR (Search for specialized academic information such as Doctorial Dissertation Database)
Shiryo Hensan-jo (the Historiographical Institute, HI), the University of Tokyo, has become a major center of Japanese historical research, and makes historical sources available through its library, publications, and recently, databases.
The International Research Center for Japanese Studies is an inter-university research institute in Kyoto. The center is devoted to research related to Japanese culture.
As a succeeding service of JuNii+ (test version) (Japanese) , JAIRO allows integrated search of about 540,000 contents (journal articles, theses or dissertations, departmental bulletin papers, research papers, etc.) in 84 institutional repositories in Japan.
An initiative of the Shashi Interest Group, a group of librarians who, aware of their rich research potential, have been building library collections of Japanese company histories or shashi, and researchers who are using them.