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This guide is a directory of digital resources vendors and agents in Japan prepared by the Digital Resources Committee of the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources, the NCC.
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The 25th Joint Plenary Meeting of the US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) met in Tokyo in April celebrating CULCON's 50th anniversary.  As you may know, through a biennial plenary session and symposia in Japan and the US, CULCON convenes policymakers, scholars, and business leaders to address emerging issues related to educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange. 

The Joint Statement, Summary of Discussions, and General Policy Recommendations endorse a number of issues that NCC has long advocated to strengthen our field.  These include the following: 
CULCON urged strengthening Japanese studies in the US and improving access to Japanese language resources for US students, including lowering or eliminating user fees to digital resources;
CULCON also encouraged an increase in development of Japanese education materials with subtitles (including through the subtitling of existing works);
CULCON's joint statement encourages the marshaling of greater financial resources to invest in building the infrastructure for cultural, educational and intellectual exchanges, and noted that the resources provided to the Japan Foundation now critically lag behind those of parallel institutions in peer nations.  NCC continues to provide critical infrastructural support to the field of Japanese studies and looks forward to working closely with members of CULCON in the future. 

Please visit CULCON's newly redesigned Website to read the full text of the recommendations of CULCON XXV:


What We Do

The NCC's Digital Resources Committee (DRC) facilitates access to Japanese information for libraries and their users by serving as a liasion between the North American library community and Japanese database creators, publishers and the vendors of those resources; by educating libraries and users about current licensing options for Japanese databases; and by providing training in the navigation and use of such resources.

NOTE: The NCC's DRC cannot act as "go-between" for your library and a vendor to negotiate licensing, but we can help you better understand the licensing process and the database creators involved.


Purpose of this guide

This guide is a directory to digital resources vendors and agents in Japan prepared by the Digital Resources Committee (DRC) of the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources, the NCC.

The guide lists major databases currently available and cross references by the key vendors of each database product.
The DRC provides information useful to institutions that wish to subscribe to Japanese databases.

If you are here to find user guides and/or tips on a particular database, please try the Subject Guides Portal or Search box below.


Digital Resources Committee

  • Kevin McDowell,  Japanese Studies Librarian, University of Oregon (to 12/14)
  • Haruko Nakamura, Librarian for the Japanese Collection, East Asia Library, Yale University Library (DRC Co-Chair 6/16)
  • Chiaki Sakai, Japanese Studies Librarian, University of Iowa (DRC Co-Chair, to 6/14)
  • Mari Suzuki, Japanese Language Materials Librarian, Asia Library, University of Michigan Libraries (to 6/14)
  • Keiko Yokota-Carter, Japanese Studies Librarian, University of Michigan  (Advisor to DRC)  
  • Toshinori Egami, Librarian, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Japan Liaison for DRC)
  • Antony  Boussemart, Japanese Librarian, École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), Bibliothèque (France) (Europe Liaison for DRC)

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