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History
Dec 1966 The Science Council of Japan advices the Japanese government to establish a Center for Research in Japanese Language and Literature (tentative title)
Sep 1970 The Council for Science and Technology advices the minister of education to establish the Center for Research in Japanese Literature (tentative title) as a matter of urgent concern
Apr 1971 Funding is allocated to the Ministry of Science, Education, and Culture for the purpose of investigating the maintenance cost of facilities required for the storage of Japanese literary materials
May 1972 The National Institute of Japanese Literature (official name) is established, consisting of a management division, a documents and materials division, and a research and information division
Jun 1977 Inaugural opening ceremony is held
Jul 1977 Library services commence
Apr 1979 Library services division established
Apr 1987 On-line search engine for the Index of Microfilm Materials and Pre-modern Japanese Manuscripts Stored in NIJL made available
Apr 1992 On-line search engine for the Index of Articles on Japanese Literature made available
Nov 2002 Ceremony held in commemoration of NIJL’s thirtieth anniversary
Apr 2003 The Department of Japanese Studies, School of Cultural and Social Studies is established at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies as a foundational institution for research
Apr 2004 Internal organization of NIJL is restructured in consequence of becoming a corporate member of Inter-University Research Institute Corporation, Institutes for the Humanities
Mar 2008 NIJL is moved to its current location in Midori-cho, Tachikawa City
Apr 2013 Center for Pre-modern Japanese Texts Database is established
Apr 2014 The Center for Pre-modern Japanese Texts Database is renamed the Center for Collaborative Re-search in Pre-modern Japanese Texts
Organization
Organization
Activities Overview
 The institute performs specialized research studies of Japanese literature and related materials that have been collected domestically and overseas. It also creates collections using photographs and originals, organizes and pre-serves sources and bibliographies that have been obtained, and maintains a base for the study of Japanese literature and related fields.
 It also presents these things in various ways to domestic and overseas users, and passes them along to society through means such as exhibits and lecture meetings.
Research and Collection
 In collaboration with approximately 190 researchers from universities throughout Japan, institute personnel travel to the sites of collections of Japanese literature and related original materials (such as manuscripts and published editions), and engage in research studies that center on bibliographical matters.
Based on such research studies, original materials approved for photographing are collected through full-volume pho-tography as micro negative film or digital images.
 In addition, since 2005, collaborative investigations have been performed, based on agreements entered into with oth-er universities and institutions.
Public Inspections of Documents
 Allowing perusal of documents and providing material copies of the same are services offered by the institute's library. Through the interlibrary access (mutual use) sys-tem, it is possible for users even from remote locations to utilize these and other services. Those who are not affili-ated with any university can request material copies di-rectly via mail or fax.
 In addition, collection related surveys done by telephone and reference questions submitted through writing, fax or e-mail are also accepted.
Library Guide
Library Guid
Project
 This project, headed by NIJL, is aimed at collaborating with universities and other research institutions both inside and outside Japan in order to digitalize our institution’s collection of three-hundred items and, by incor-porating this data into our pre-existing bibliographical database, to create a comprehensive database of Japa-nese pre-modern texts. Ultimately, these digital images will serve as a platform upon which we may construct an international collaborative network. Such a network would promote research that transcends the traditional boundaries between academic disciplines and allow for interdisciplinary work limited not merely to the field of Japanese literature, but embracing all of the humanities as a whole.
Access
Directions
By Tama Intercity Monorail:
Get off at JR Tachikawa Station, make switch to Tama Monorail Tachikawa-Kita Station,
get off at Takamatsu Station, and walk 10 minutes.
By Tachikawa bus:
From JR Tachikawa Station's north entrance, board bus at boarding area 2,
get off at "Tachikawa Gakujutsu Plaza," and walk 1 minutes.
From JR Tachikawa Station's north entrance, board bus at boarding area 1,
get off at "Tachikawa Shiyakusho," and walk 3 minutes.
From JR Tachikawa Station's north entrance, board bus at boarding area 2,
get off at "Saibansho-mae," and walk 5 minutes.
On foot:
From JR Tachikawa Station, walk about 25 minutes.
By car:
From Chuo Expressway's "Kunitachi Fuchu IC," drive about 15 minutes.
*Free parking available
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