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Modern Japan (Meiji, Taisho, Showa): Core Web Resources

This guide provides information on databases and other online resources in Japanese language.

Japanese Collection & Resources

For more information on Japanese Collection at UIUC and Japanese Studies resources, see Japanese Collection page.

Kokuritsu Kokkai Toshokan Kindai Degital Library


"Digital Library from Meiji and Taisho Era," (in Japanese) National Diet Library:
provides digitized images of books published during the Meiji and Taisho eras (1868-1926).  About 150,000 volumes are currently available.

Kokuritu Kobun Shokan (National Archives of Japan)



This searchable database contains digitized images of documents, photographs and maps held at the National Archives.

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Japan Center for Asian Historical Records

Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (JACAR)

国立公文書館 アジア歴史資料センター


" JACAR is a digital database testifying to Japan's historical relations in Asia as well as elsewhere. This site provides access to official documents—dating from the Meiji era through 1945—of the Japanese Cabinet, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Army and Navy. In an effort to share history as it has been documented, JACAR's archives showcase the original records, including full images of the documents, all in digitized form, on an unprecedented scale." -JACAR website

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Histographical Institute, University of Tokyo



Provides access to many databases, including: Komonjo Full-Text Database, Dai Nihon Shiryo Unified Database, Databases of images, as well as useful tools like Database of Kuzushi-ji, Online Glossary of Japanese Historical Terms.

To search in Japanese, click on "データベース検索" tab on the top of the page. 
Search in English is also available.  Click on on the "Database" tab on the top of the screen.