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Japanese Studies

Welcome to the UCLA Library Guide for Japanese Studies. This guide presents both introductory and in-depth information for Japan-related research.


The Japanese Studies library guide is your one-stop shop to finding research/scholarly resources related to Japan. The subject of Japanese modernization is complex and ever-expansive, spanning across both wide periods of changing times, as well as several disciplines.


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Getting Started

Physical Materials

To search through physical materials, it is good to familiarize yourself with the Library of Congress classification system, found here.

Call numbers JQ1499-1749 (J is the broader political science category, JQ is political institutions in Asia) will host a variety of East Asian political science resources. Subclass DS contains Asian history materials. These are good places to start your search.

To search through physical materials online, go to the UCLA library search page, and click on the three dots to navigate to the "Browse" section, and then select "Browse by call number". Or, just click here and enter your call number into the search field.

Gordon W. Prange Collection

This collection contains materials that were censored during the occupation of Japan. There will be a demonstration of how to access and view microfilms. 

Newspaper Archives

Japan Times Archives:

Toyo Keizai Digital Content Library

Other Links

Japan Digital Archives Center:

The World And Japan (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies):

J-Global (database):

Hoover Institute (focus on modern history):

Japanese Law:

Japanese Political Science Association:


Below are some databases that offer either bi-lingual or English resources on Japanese academic subjects.