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Japanese Collection: Asian Collections at the Library of Congress

Digital Collections

This section of the guide introduces digital collections from the Asian Division as well as those containing Japanese or Japan-related items from other divisions of the Library of Congress.

Japanese Digital Collections from the Asian Division

Japan-Related Digital Collections from Other Divisions

Japanese Digitized Microfilm from the Asian Division

The Japanese collection has digitized select microfilm collections as part of a wider Library project. Digitized microfilm collections from this ongoing effort are listed below.

Nan'yōchō Collection - Nan'yōchō kankei bunsho Part 1 and Part 2

The "Nan’yōchō Collection" comprises two sets of Japanese microfilm that span 52 reels. It reproduces documents and publications originally produced by Japan's Nan'yōchō 南洋庁, or South Seas Administration, that were later captured by the US military after World War II. This government agency was formed in 1921 to administer the South Seas Mandate, consisting of Pacific islands that Germany ceded to Japan after its defeat in World War I. It was dissolved in 1946 following Japan's surrender to the United States. The areas once under its administration are now part of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau.