Internet sites for Japan and Japanese studies

  • Many Japanese resources are freely available on the Web and some selected sites are listed below. NB. In order to view many of these sites properly you will need to be able to view Japanese characters through your Web browser.

    To help you decide what Web sources are appropriate for academic work, take a look at our guide to  Evaluating Web sources 

    Check  our guides for help with referencing web sites in your written work 

    • The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation supports links between the UK and Japan. The organisation's web site contains links to many useful resources.
    • Find out about events at the  Europe Japan Research Centre (EJRC) based at Oxford Brookes.
    • The Japan Foundation This organisation aims to promote "mutual understanding and friendship on the international scene." The web site includes many useful links. 
    • The  Japan Library Group provides links to Web-based sources of information about Japan. The Web site also hosts the UK Union Catalogue of Japanese Books which covers the Japanese collections of SOAS, the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge and other institutions. NB. Your computer must be equipped with software which allows you to read Japanese text.
    • The Japan Society web site for this society which is the longest established organisation concerned with Anglo-Japanese relations in Britain.
    • Japan Zone provides English-language information on Japanese culture and travel. The Japan Omnibus section includes information on geography, history, politics and religion and the Modern Japan section is particularly useful for up-to-date news on cinema, anime, manga and other areas of popular culture.
    • Learn Japanese: Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese freely available.
    • Stanford University's JGuide: guide to Japan information resources. A large collection of links to online resources arranged by subject.
    • Web Japan , part of the Japan Information Network, is a gateway for Japanese information. The site has links to various sources of information including statistics, business and culture as well as guides to the various regions and cities of Japan. 
    • Japanese language version of the web site for  Prime Minister of Japan and his CabinetAn  English language version is also available. The site includes news updates, information about the Japanese government and links to governmental and news resources such as the Ministry of Finance , the Ministry of Economy,  Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    • CIA World Factbook: Japan key statistics on Japanese geography, people, government, economy, transport, communication and defence.
    • Japan National Tourist Organisation
    • Japan Times is the official web site for this Japanese newspaper.
    • Jiji Tsushin Jiji Press is an independent Japanese news wire whose aim is "Bringing World News to Japan and News about Japan to the World".
    • Kyodo Tsushin Kyodo News is a nonprofit cooperative organization whose mission is "to supply timely and accurate political, economic, business, city and cultural news, mainly of Asia and the Pacific Rim, to non-Japanese media". KNI now provides major newspapers, TV broadcasters, financial services, online databases and government agencies with more than 200 news reports daily. Its services includes a huge internet-based online photo database.

    Don't forget that Brookes staff and students also have access to Japanese sources such as It covers Japanese titles such as Global news databases covering many Japanese publications, including: The Chunichi Shimbun; Daily Yomiuri; Japan Times; Keizai Kai; Kensetsu Tsushin Shimbun; Look Japan; Nihon Shokuryo Shimbun; Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun ; Nikkan Yakugyo; Nikkin; The Tokyo Shimbun and more via the  Factiva database

    • Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture is devoted to the study of Japanese religions. Among its activities, the Institute publishes the academic title Japanese Journal of Religious Studies.
    • Jinja Honchō is the Association of Shinto Shrines. Their web site presents a wealth of information about Shinto beliefs, rituals and traditions. English and Japanese versions are available.
    • New religions is a full-text web version of a book originally published in 1991 by the Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics of Kokugakuin University. This is the second volume in the series Contemporary Papers on Japanese Religion designed to introduce recent studies on Japanese religion to the international English-speaking audience. A print version of the book is available in Headington Library.