Japanese collection

The subject areas covered are broad; major areas of strength are shown below. As more and more scholars tend to take up inter-disciplinary approach of a topic, the collection here has been built to help readers with their needs in looking into various aspects of topics, as well as their neighboring topics.

The focus on all subjects is strongly on modern and contemporary period; Meiji Restoration (1868) onwards to date.  The library is also aiming to collect both new and old publications, including various primary sources.

Another focus is to offer access to major online sources to the Library's registered users in distance, through remote access.  For the list and the details of Japanese online resources available to registered users. visit Japanese E-Resource page

Harold S. Williams Collection and David Sissons Collection are unique English special collections related to Japan at the Library.

For scholars who do not have access to resources nearby, the Library is offering Japan Study Grants and Japan Fellowship annually. Please find out the details by visiting Awards and Grants


The strengths of the collection

Social sciences

  • Sociology / modern Japan
  • Popular culture
  • Minorities
  • Sex and gender studies
  • Social movements
  • Statistics
  • Politics and government
  • Law

 History after 1868

  • History of migrants to / from Japan
  • Japan and Asian countries
  • Australia-Japan relationship
  • Japanese encounter with western countries

Fine and performing arts, popular culture

  • Woodblock prints
  • Kuchie (=Frontispiece colour illustration  print) collection
  • Sugoroku (Japanese board game) collection
  • HIkifuda (advertising hand bill) collection
  • Arts and crafts

 Government publications

  • Censuses and surveys;  collections of laws and statutes; diplomatic records; white papers; various ministerial reports, etc., often called as 'Grey Literature', published for internal circulation among the government, came into the collection through exchange program with the National Diet Library of Japan.