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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  • Termini is helpful. I go in the morning, and no seats. Can store luggage in transparent bag into the personal belongings there was the 1st. I have been enhanced as well.
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  • As well as national and international books, newspapers and magazines, the range has been collected. Go to reading Chinese newspapers about 30 years ago, so I can't copy paper (because can hurt them) brought camera and tripod on the application in advance, in a separate copy to get had. Old newspaper microfilm, which has frequently visited. If the user-side viewing as well as your own books, self-publishing can even deliver. Regular publication of pictures of A4 and A5 size journal, such as left in circulation in general bookstores, are neatly kept, even. Several of NDL trying us for viewing and storage. Recommend that made their own prints stored in the national diet library is very enjoyable, so if the opportunity arises.
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  • Go straight, turn left to access out of Toei Subway Nagatacho Station Exit 2 and 2 and looks to the left in a few minutes. Go in from the front, on the left side that the new building is on the right at the back. Use of the first-time visitor register at the new wing and the library card issued. On the card, in addition to the usual card card for only one day. Procedure 5-proof of identification such as your driver's license and health insurance card ends up in about 10 minutes, but becomes necessary. You must deposit 100 yen rocker of the return expression for damage prevention of books or of certain materials is limited. Also not permitted size B5 version more than anything. Camera-equipped mobile phones, bringing possible in conditions do not use the camera function is limited into the medium of the camera. The ones you want to bring you into a disposable plastic bags in the locker room, be allowed. If you do heavy plastic bags often bring things. Have a hole to be handle in a plastic bag, so he is not worried that much. No hassle return to pick up anyone carrying the smoke because smoking (and the smoking area in the card authentication, so no card authentication areas once inaccessible to the locker room. As received if, before receiving the books and apply for loans also leave out, but if you return the book once again obtain a loan, I think). To apply for loans, rent (ordered from the archive) closed stacks, so searches on PC, but to prepare books for 20-because it takes 30 minutes to hours, forgo the meal in the dining room on the 6th floor and the time wasted. I felt no pain to sit at around noon after dining room during the week in. Curry Library (570 yen) puts ingredients in Curry and beef on both sides of rice and seasoning was accompanied by pickles and pickled ginger. Curry flavor, and coexist with sweet chili and onions, is a surprisingly complex flavor.
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  • A great place to study. A beautiful surrounding and very clean facilities...
  • Registration required for all. You must be 18 or older to enter unless special circumstances. Free parking.
  • This is truly a wonderful library.
  • 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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