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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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  • Unless you're a scholar or something, there is nothing there for a casual tourist. I don't think there are many books that are in other languages but Japanese. Skip it.  more »
  • I think it was really interesting but you have to register to in into this place, it took about 10 min and the I had my access card. Again this place is probably only interested if you are into Nation...  more »
  • There's a lot of journal and books. You can't borrow the books, but you may photocopy it or read it there. This library is for 18 and above. I love to see the culture of reading here.  more »
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  • Worth going just to be surrounded by all those beautiful trees on the ground. :)
  • The atmosphere is great and go to find your references.
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  • Best library in Japan!!
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