The library collections for the study of Japan within the Triangle are the strongest in the Southeast and some of the most rapidly growing in the nation. Duke and UNC have a long-standing cooperative collection development program for East Asia which seeks to maximize acquisitions funding by dividing responsibility for research collections on China (UNC) and Japan (Duke). Both UNC and NCSU collect materials to support teaching on their campuses.

BookstacksThe Japanese collection (about 85,000 volumes) has notable strengths in nineteenth and twentieth century materials. It is particularly strong in modern art history, Buddhism, history, labor, literature, popular culture (film, advertising and manga), women’s studies, and the Japanese colonial experience. Materials in Special Collections, notably on Ampō and the Occupation, supplement it. For more information and research assistance contact Kristina Troost (919-660-5844).

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New Resources

Duke and UNC have subscribed to JapanKnowledge + NKR; it includes Nihon Kokugo Daijiten (Shōgakkan); Kokushi Daijiten (Yoshikawa Kōbunkan), and Nihon Rekishi Chimei Taikei (Heibonsha) in addition to dictionaries, a multi-volume encyclopedia, Nihon dai hyakka zensho (Nipponica), the 2-volume Kodansha encyclopedia of Japan and numerous other resources.