Fung Library

Documentation Center on Contemporary Japan Collections

Funded by the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Documentation Center on Contemporary Japan (for short, called “DCJ”) has collected materials on postwar Japan in social sciences to complement the Japan-related holdings of other Harvard libraries. As part of Harvard University’s efforts to consolidate library collections and services on campus, DCJ has transferred its monograph collection to Harvard-Yenching Library (effective September 2012). The DCJ is now focused more on its journal collection, which is particularly strong in newly published titles on contemporary Japanese studies in social sciences, such as politics, economics, labor, media, and popular culture.

This focus also includes enhancing access to rapidly expanding digital resources. As the home library of the Reischauer Institute’s web archiving project on Constitutional Revision in Japan and Japan’s 2011 Disasters Digital Archive Project, DCJ also collects ephemera publications on these subjects as well. In addition, DCJ has extensive Newspaper Clipping Files, which cover over 130 categories relating to contemporary Japan as well as the general Asia-Pacific context from the mid 1980s through the early 2000s.

With emphasis on its function, DCJ’s goal is to be a one-stop information center on contemporary Japanese studies in social sciences on campus. As DCJ regularly offers customized hands-on library sessions to utilize library resources and services, please e-mail Ms. Kazuko Sakaguchi, Librarian of the DCJ, and she will be happy to help you meet your library information retrieval needs as easily as possible.