December 7, 2004
Mr. Muta gave us a lecture and gave us hands-on exercise of using the database of the Center for Asian Historical Records.
Before the WWII, documents were collected under the accountability toward the Emperor, not for the people of Japan. After the WWII, many of the administrative documents were discarded, because they didn't have the concept that the administrative documents were public property, but more "private" because the administrators produced them. Some of those documents were sold for the old book dealers, and therefore, sometimes, those public documents are found in old book market.
Some documents were taken by the United States and used for the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo. Therefore they are no longer "top secret" documents. However, many Japanese scholars do not realize this point and go to the National Archives of the United States.
[Prepared by Keiko Yokota-Carter.]
An overview of The University of Tokyo Library System which consists of 55 libraries, including 3 main libraries on the Hongo, Komaba and Kashiwa campuses was presented. Members of the library staff then conducted a guided tour of the main library on Hongo Campus.
Finally, the university's Multilingual OPAC (search capability in Simplified Chinese and Ping Ying), The University of Tokyo Doctorial Dissertation Database (built-in keyword search in abstract), Book Contents Database (keyword search in tables of contents or information from their summaries and dust jackets) were also introduced during this session.
[Prepared by Eiichi Ito.]