January 17, 2022

Japan: Lab at National Diet Library Testing Bibliographic Information Visualization System

A brief post (in English) about a bibliographic information search and visualization tool being developed by the National Diet Library Lab. The underlying retrieval and visualization technology named MIMA was developed at the University of Tokyo. Although search results are conventionally displayed in a list, MIMA search displays results as a map comprising lines and […]

Children Borrowing More Books From Japan’s School Libraries & More New Library Statistics

From Kyodo News Service (via The Japan Times): The number of books checked out by elementary school children from libraries nationwide reached a record average of 26 per child in fiscal 2010, the education ministry said. The increase from 18.8 per child in the previous survey in fiscal 2007 apparently reflects the trend of refraining […]

Open Access Research in Japanese Institutional Repositories Exceeds 1 Million Full Text Items

From a UCL (University College London) Discovery Blog Post by Erica D McLaren: Ikuko Tsuchide, from the Japanese Digital Repository Federation (DRF), reported this week that on June 1st 2012 the number of Open Access full text items in Japanese institutional repositories exceeded the one million mark. The total comes from the National Institute of […]

Trove of Original Abraham Lincoln Documents Found in Japan

From the Chicago Sun-Times: The more than 100 documents compiled at a university near Tokyo amount to a microcosm of Lincoln’s career, with some of the most compelling finds ranging from his early professional life in New Salem all the way to his presidency. There are “these nice pieces that pull together different aspects of […]

New Research Report From National Diet Library (Japan): “The Great East Japan Earthquake and Libraries”

This is the just released English translation of “The Great East Japan Earthquake and Libraries” report from the National Diet Library in Japan. Documents Summary (2 pages; PDF) Using “the Great East Japan Earthquake” and “libraries” as two pivotal keywords, this report organizes reference information and studies as comprehensively as possible information related to the […]

Japan: National Libraries: Noritada Otaki Appointed New Librarian of the National Diet Library

From the National Diet Library: As of March 31, 2011, Dr. Makoto Nagao, the Librarian of the National Diet Library, retired and as of April 1, 2012, Mr. Noritada Otaki was newly appointed Librarian of the National Diet Library. Mr. Otaki joined the National Diet Library in 1968 and served as Director General of the […]

Google/Ipsos Release Mobile Internet & Smartphone Adoption Statistics For US, UK, Germany, France and Japan

New research from a Google/Ipsos Partnership. From a Google Mobile Ads Blog Post: Mobile devices are mainstream. In fact, according to our newest research more consumers in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan use a mobile phone (feature phone or smartphone) than a computer (desktop or laptop). But our most significant findings centered on […]

Building the Digital Archive of the Great East Japan Earthquake: An Update from National Diet Library

A “New Year Greeting” post by Makoto Nagao, Librarian, National Diet Library (National Library of Japan) includes a brief update about the Great East Japan Earthquake Digital Archive along with updates about digitization and new technology at the library. From the Greeting: Facing major catastrophe, one of our vital missions should be to collect all […]

Japan: Report: Second Basic Plan for the International Library of Children's Literature

From the National Diet Library Newsletter: Facing the almost-full stacks and the change of social environment surrounding children’s reading, the International Library of Children’s Literature (ILCL) has long reviewed its policy on service improvement and necessary facility upgrade based on the Report of the Board of Inquiry on Facilities for Children’s Books in the National […]

Watch Live Television News from Japan's NHK Television on Your Computer, Mobile

NHK (Japan’s sole public broadcaster) is offering a feed of their 24×7 English language coverage via NHK World. You can access NHK World from several services/sites including: 1. The NHK World Web Site 2. Via a FREE NHK iPhone/iPad/iTouch App 3. Via Livestation (Along with Feeds from Other Broadcasters and Organizations) Here’s a direct link […]