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Research and Area Studies in Japan

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Steve Witt

International & Area Studies Library
Associate Professor
University Library
Center for Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

311 Main Library

Access to Japanese Libraries and Research Institutions

Before heading to Japan for research, make an appointment with the Japanese studies librarian for advice on access to research institutions and the most-up-to-date information about inter-University agreements that will help you gain access to resources in Japan.

Waseda University Collaboration
The University of Illinois and Waseda University have an institutional agreement that allows Illinois faculty to register to use the Waseda University Library and check-out materials for research.  When you arrive in Tokyo, you can register as a visiting scholar at the International Scholar Services Office. Once you register at this office, you can then go to the Waseda University Library to register for library access.  Before heading to Waseda, it is also a good idea to pre-search the library catalogs (WINE) so that you know what items are available and where you’ll find them in this large research library system.

The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (北米日本研究資料調整協議会)

The most up to date resource to help you plan research in Japan is the NCC’s Guide to Research Access for Japanese Museums, Libraries, and Archives.

Global and Area Studies Research Centers in Japan
Below are the lists of the libraries and research centers within Japan to get assistance with area studies.

Asian Studies – Libraries

Asia – Research Centers

Global Studies

Russia, East Europe – Libraries