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Japanese Studies

Selected information resources on Japanese Studies at University of Michigan.


Visual resources


Social Science and Statistics


Japanese Law A-Z at the University of Washington Law School Library

You can look up the history of changes to particular laws in NDL’s Abolished Laws Database [日本法令索引廃止法令検索]:

Laws change over time, and it’s important to know which specific year you want to see. The law may have changed many times between 1910 and 1945, for example. Finding “snapshots” of a law for a given point in time can be done using print publications such as various versions of “roppo” (六法) . Roppo Zensho at Law Library (2014 - ).

University of Michigan Library has a number of these annual publications going back many years. Also, each law and it’s various amendments over the years are also separately published in both 法令全書 and 官報. 

Historical Kanpō for the years 1883 (明治16)年7月2日 - 1952 (昭和27)年4月30日 is available in National Diet Library.

English gazzette Kanpō are available at the National Diet Library.


East Asian Law Library Resource Specialists in the U.S.

Yukino Nakashima
East Asian Law Librarian

Columbia University
Toshiba Library for Japanese Legal Research

Nongji Zhang
Bibliographer for East Asian Law, Harvard Law School Library

Mariko Honshuku

Librarian for Japanese Law, Harvard Law School Library

Wei Luo, (罗伟) JD and MLS
Washington University in St. Louis

Director of Technical Services and Lecturer in Law

T: (314) 935-8045

AALL FCIL (American Association of Law Libraries, Foreign, Comparative and International Law SIS) (requires AALL membership to search view detailed pages)


Library Catalogs, Indexes, and Publishers

History, Art History

Language and Dictionaries


Popular culture

Okinawa Ryukyu Islands


Public opinion

Buddhism and Religion

Performing arts

Japanese diaspora


Ainu culture アイヌ文化

Human rights 人権 (被差別部落関係, ハンセン氏病患者、他)


Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Bikini H-bomb, Fukushima, Nuclear related materials

Medical information

War (related to Japan)

Web archiving collections


Oral history

Whailing in Japan


Covid-19 research in Japan



Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Japan, 2011 (Great East Japan Disaster)

Photography 写真

Artists - installation

Literature - Pre-modern

History - Modern, Contemporary