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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  • After a long absence to the library of Congress. You can easily find on the Internet many now, though many fraudulent information. Firm data is limited to a neat book. From the library of Congress, did not some hassles such as admission procedures and baggage check.
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  • The National Diet Library has a great collection and the building houses some displays. Books and journals (etc) are requested using an "online" system and delivered to you whilst there. You can get p...  more »
  • 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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  • A very modern library with bright study spaces. Free to use but clean and fast moving. Wow!
  • 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. :)

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