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Politics in Japan: Books

GOVT 296/ CEAS 296: This introductory course begins with an overview of the Japanese political system: its historical origins, institutional structures, and main actors. The course then moves on to explore specific policy areas.


Books at the Wesleyan Library: Use the Library OneSearch or Advanced Search to search the Library Catalog for books (both print and electronic) and other materials in the Wesleyan Library. 
Books in the CTW Consortium: Search the CTW Consortium Catalog to find books and other materials at Connecticut and Trinity Colleges.
Books Anywhere Else:  Search WorldCat to find books and other materials in other libraries across the world. Click "Order this item using ILLiad" to make an Interlibrary Loan request for any item not at Wesleyan or CTW (you need an ILLiad accout for this).  You can search Worlcat in Japanese.

Books in Japan:  Use the National Diet Library (総合目録ネットワークシステム 国会図書館).  This union catalog consists of bibliographic databases of the National Diet Library of Japan, some prefectural libraries, and some public libraries in government-designated cities.  Search Webcat Plus.  WebcatPlus is a union catalog of Japanese university libraries and research institutions maintained by the National Institute of Informatics. WebcatPlus now offers links to digitized materials in NDL's Digital Library from Meiji Era. Search CiNii Books, for books held at university and research libraries in Japan. Some books may be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan. (Ask librarian for details). 
E-books in Japan:  Aozora Bunko (青空文庫) is an online e-text collection of out-of-copyright Japanese literary works (fiction and non-fiction including 12500+ titles). Kindai Digital Library (近代デジタルライブラリー) has digitized (scanned from original) copies of public domain items from early-modern to modern Japanese works. Available through Japan's National Diet Library.




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EunJoo Lee
I'm the Head of Access Services and the library liaison for the College of East Asian Studies (CEAS). Please feel free to contact me to learn how the library can help you with your research projects.
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Reference Search

Full text search of dozens of online encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources:


Japan Statistical Yearbook
Provides comprehensive and systematic summary of basic statistical information of Japan covering wide-range of fields including land, poplulation, economy, society, culture and finance.

The Library of Congress Country Studies - Japan
Statistical Handbook of Japan