National Diet Library, Chiyoda

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The is the only national library in Japan. It was established in 1948 for the purpose of assisting members of the in researching matters of public policy. The library is similar in purpose and scope to the United States Library of Congress.The National Diet Library (NDL) consists of two main facilities in Tokyo and Kyoto, and several other branch libraries throughout Japan.HistoryThe National Diet Library is the successor of three separate libraries: the library of the House of Peers, the library of the House of Representatives, both of which were established at the creation of Japan's Imperial Diet in 1890; and the Imperial Library, which had been established in 1872 under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education.The Diet's power in prewar Japan was limited, and its need for information was "correspondingly small." The original Diet libraries "never developed either the collections or the services which might have made them vital adjuncts of genuinely responsible legislative activity." Until Japan's defeat, moreover, the executive had controlled all political documents, depriving the people and the Diet of access to vital information. The U.S. occupation forces under General Douglas MacArthur deemed reform of the Diet library system to be an important part of the democratization of Japan after its defeat in World War II.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Year 2-used 3 times. Especially now has enhanced old there is no local newspaper. Once had a relaxed atmosphere, but first a high threshold, such as it is, but it's OK. Organize the items look kinda far so if you use.
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  • April 4, 2017
    Bookshelves lined with queued receive a book claiming to be a lot of this image was from, so I did'nt. People who have big parking packages come in a clear plastic bag please so it was hard. It is best to collect research materials.
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  • March 23, 2017
    It is number one in Japan. Do not have books, papers and magazines? First use is safe. Please also visit our lot, you will carefully guide you.
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  • June 10, 2016
    Worth going just to be surrounded by all those beautiful trees on the ground. :)
  • March 19, 2017
    The atmosphere is great and go to find your references.
  • May 12, 2016
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  • March 14, 2016
    Best library in Japan!!
  • August 25, 2016
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