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Message from the Director-General
 The National Institute of Japanese Literature (NJIL) was established in 1972. We are proud to say that our projects and research setup in Tachikawa remain on track since transferring from Togoshi, Shinagawa seven years ago. The survey and acquisition work conducted since our establishment has continued smoothly, and with the improved equipment in Tachikawa, we have also regularly held exhibitions. Our collaborative research projects with external researchers, as well as our other research projects, have been executed efficiently.
 Customary exhibitions centered on Japanese literary works preserved in our institute form the core of our displays, and we also focus on exhibitions that present our projects and research. By doing so we have greatly reduced the period of time that our exhibition rooms need to be closed due to the changing of special exhibitions, which are held several times a year, aiming to efficiently utilize the exhibit rooms and reduce costs.
 This is the third year, including preparation time, of our 10-year large-scale “Project to Build an International Collaborative Research Network for Pre-modern Japanese Texts”.
 This project, established according to the Science Council of Japan’s recommendation “the Plan to Create a Database of Historical Japanese Texts”, was certified as the first “Large-Scale Academic Frontier Promotion Project” in humanities and social sciences in FY 2014. It began in earnest in April last year, with the understanding and support of the Council for Science and Technology-Research Environment and Infrastructure Group and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
 Within the Institute, this project is well positioned to help us make further progress through the creation of a comprehensive database of classical Japanese texts, in addition to our survey and acquisition work that has continued since our establishment. However, in contrast to our regular survey and acquisition work, which focuses on Japanese literary books, this project covers pre-modern Japanese texts in all fields of study. Hence, in order to facilitate the project, we have established a working group in collaboration with specialists in the fields of medical history and Japanese mathematics, and also intend to request the participation of specialists from dissimilar fields of study.
 For the creation of the large-scale database we sought the counsel of Setsuo Arikawa, former president of Kyushu University and an authoritative figure in informatics, and will also seek cooperation from the National Institute of Informatics, within the Research Organization of Information and Systems.
 We began our preparatory research for this project centered on the mechanism of academic exchange agreements. However, “gone are the days where we can choose to study Japanese history or literature because we do not want to learn a foreign language” (Chizuko Ueno, Kokkyo Okamainashi (Without Regard to National Borders)). As the name “Project to Build an International Collaborative Research Network” suggests, this project aims to respond to such changes in the research environment, by promoting robust international cooperation and information dissemination.
 We will advance this project as the pillar of our medium-term plan and a mid-term target for the Institution’s third stage, and fulfill our mission as an inter-university research institute.
Yuichiro Imanishi
Director-General
National Institute of Japanese Literature
National Institutes for the Humanities
History
Dec 1966 The Convention of Japanese Scholarship advises the Japanese government to found the “Center for Japanese studies and Japanese Literature”.
Sep 1970 The Science Council of Japan advises the Minister of Education to quickly establish the “Center for Japanese Literature”.
Apr 1971 Funds are appropriated to the Ministry of Education for studying the development of facilities for the National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL).
May 1972 The NIJL (Administration Department, Literary Documents Department and Research Information Department) is established.
The Ministry of Education Historical Archives (established in 1951) are incorporated into the NIJL.
Jun 1977 The opening ceremony for the NIJL is held.
Jul 1977 A service enabling browsing of the materials is started.
Apr 1979 A department for materials organization and browsing is established.
Apr 1987 An electronic database search service is made available for the NIJL’s catalog of microfilm materials and physical texts.
Apr 1992 An electronic database search service is made available for the NIJL’s catalog of essays.
Nov 2002 A ceremony marking the NIJL’s 30th anniversary is held.
Apr 2003 The Department of Japanese Literature within the Graduate University for Advanced Studies establishes a major in Japanese literary research and becomes a key partner of the NIJL.
Apr 2004 The NIJL is incorporated as a National Institutes for the Humanities’Inter-University Research Institute Corporation; the organization of the NIJL is revised in line with its incorporation.
Mar 2008 The NIJL moves to the Midori-cho area of Tachikawa City.
Apr 2013 The Japanese Classical Books Database Research Center is established.
Apr 2014 The "Japanese Classical Books Database Research Center" was recognized and renamed into "Project to Build an International Collaborative Researchers' Network on Pre-modern Japanese Books".
Organization
Organization
Activities
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 preserves 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 about 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 photography as micro negative film or digital images.
In addition, since 2005, collaborative investigations have been performed, based on agreements entered into with other universities and institutions.
Public Presentations
The NIJL contributes to society by widely publicizing the results of its research via exhibitions, lectures, symposiums and seminars.
Library Guide
Library Guid
Project
With “Pre-modern Books in Japanese” as the keyword, the “Project to Build an International Collaborative Researchers' Network on Pre-modern Japanese Books” was inaugurated at the National Institute of Japanese Literature in 2014.
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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