In English and Japanese. JACAR was established to provide through the Internet indexes to and digital images of historical records about modern Japan-Asia relations held (and available to the public) by Japanese national institutions. At present, these include records held by the National Archives of Japan, The Diplomatic Record Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and The National Institute for Defense Studies of the National Defense Agency. Materials included cover from early Meiji times through World War II.
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Can be searched by keyword and subject. It presently includes 35,000 titles, and is updated annually; the plan is to include all books published in the Meiji era (1868-1912) in Japan held in the National Diet Library, once they have obtained copyright clearance. At the moment, there are about 63,000 titles yet to be resolved.
Askew, David. "Oguma Eiji and Construction of the Modern Japanese National Identity." Social Science Japan Journal Vol 4., No. 1, pp. 111-116 2001