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2016 CEAL Meeting in Seattle

Joint Meeting of CJM & NCC

Wednesday, March 30
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ravenna Rooms B/C
Sheraton Hotel

Committee on Japanese Materials
North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources


In 2014, NIJL launched a ten-year project, the “Project to Build an International Collaborative Research Network for Pre-modern Japanese Texts.” The goal is to build a network for international collaborative research utilizing pre-modern Japanese texts. NIJL is also developing the “Pre-Modern Japanese Book Database” that will allow users to search and view digital images of pre-modern texts held by academic libraries in Japan and overseas. In November 2015, during the project’s initial stage, NIJL released the “Data Set of Kokubunken Pre-Modern Japanese Texts.”

In February, NIJL launched “Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books,” the online version of Kokusho somokuroku. Originally published by Iwanami Shoten, the catalog serves as a major union catalog for pre-modern Japanese texts. Professor Yamamoto Kazuaki will introduce the project and request feedback from potential North American users. Dr. Kiyonori Nagasaki will introduce a program, “SMART_GS”, to help decipher cursive handwriting. The second part of the session will focus on the services from the National Diet Library; Mr. Katsuhito Furuya of NDL's Map Room will introduce the NDL map collection and discuss their experiences with digitizing maps; and Mr. Satoshi Matsui of NDL ILL service will provide an update on their services, joined by NCC's ILL/DD co-chairs, Toshie Marra and Peter Bae.

CJM Meeting: Recent Developments in Japanese Higher Education: Politics and Policies in Japanese Universities

Thursday, March 31
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Ravenna Room
Sheraton Hotel


Most librarians who support researchers in the fields of humanities and social sciences have probably asked themselves, “Are the humanities in crisis?” This question helps us determine the value of the humanities. Answers may vary, but to those who support the development of Japanese Studies in North America, this problem caused anxiety in June 2015. At that time, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology requested national universities to reexamine their overall organization and operations. This reform included the abolition and/or conversion of humanities and social science programs. Even though humanities may survive in Japanese universities, this anti-humanities trend will negatively affect the discipline; grant funding and the number of Japanese Studies researchers may both decrease. This will eventually affect Japanese Studies in Japan as well as overseas. The Ministry’s request is visible evidence of how the government controls Japanese higher education. However, there are also unknown factors that contribute to the crisis. This topic may be tangential to the daily business of academic librarians, but it is important to understand the true nature of Japanese higher education. CJM has invited two speakers to talk about internal and external factors that affect the state of Japanese higher education.


  • Dr. Nakano Koichi - Sophia University
    Historical Revisionism as Official Policy: Crisis of Academic and Press Freedom in Japan
  • Dr. Kiyonori Nagasaki - International Institute for Digital Humanities

NCC Open Meeting: Digital Humanities in Japanese Studies Now: What’s Next?

Thursday, March 31
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Ravenna Room
Sheraton Hotel


NCC will focus on Digital Humanities for coming few years. The meeting will start with annual report followed by three presentations on Digital Humanities


  • Kazuko Hioki - University of Kentucky
    Advancing Digital Scholarship in Japanese Studies
  • Nadia Kreeft - Leiden University
    Report from Europe: Digitization project of Japanese materials at Leiden University (Title TBA)
  • Ryuta Komaki - Washington University in St. Louis
    Librarian’s digital project Title TBA