Japanese Studies

The Japanese studies collection is a Japanese-language collection that supports research and education related to Japan in the humanities and social sciences. The collection is one of the largest Japanese academic collections outside of Japan. 

Collection strengths include:

  • religion
  • medieval history
  • pre-modern and modern history
  • classical and modern literature
  • statistical data
  • economics
  • political science
  • music
  • screen arts and cultures 

In recent years the library has increased its holdings of materials on contemporary Japan; contemporary literature, U.S.-Japan relations, popular culture, and performing arts.

Important related collections 

Extensive Japanese legal materials are held at the university’s Law Library.

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Digital collections

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Keiko Yokota-Carter

Japanese Studies Librarian



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