National Diet Library, Chiyoda

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The is the national library of Japan and among the largest libraries in the world. 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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  • To the Nagata-Cho 1-Chome, Chiyoda-ku. And collection and preservation of all publications published in Japan's only national library in Japan is has become a vast number of books. There is a need in order to access general user access is the baggage weight coin-operated lockers.
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  • At the restaurant on the 6th floor of main building spread in front of Imperial Palace, looks beyond buildings. So a good view dining room will eat at about 500-700 yen. You need luggage into a locker or a clear plastic bag, just off the beaten path to enter well (lol) and registration is required. I would like to bring a mini recommended the.
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  • First visited in the phrase "diet" approach, or rather because of, I felt uncomfortable, but the matter of fact, article search and browsing more convenient, has filled will useful when such important things and feeling of space in the building. It is invigorating and wander around the Imperial Palace after the library of Congress, and then the eye to heal.
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  • A very modern library with bright study spaces. Free to use but clean and fast moving. Wow!
  • Does not open on Sundays. If you come from Nagatachō station, you will see a post of its opening hours, which is convenient.
  • Nice staffs and not very helpful computer system
  • Registration required for all. You must be 18 or older to enter unless special circumstances. Free parking.
  • The largest library in Japan.
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