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Use the tabs below to find online resources about Japan from governmental and nongovernmental sources. Most of these sources are freely available to the public, but titles followed by a CU symbol are only accessible on campus or via VPN.

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  • Diplomacy and Aid
  • Health
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Australian Government - Japan
Country profile, economic and trade information, and foreign relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

BBC News Profile - Japan
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.

CIA World Factbook - Japan
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

FAO and Japan
Information on economic and agricultural issues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It also has a good selection of maps.

Human Development Report on Japan
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.

IAEA - Japan
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IEA - Japan
Country information, energy-related statistics, graphs and publications from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

ITC - Japan

Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

Library of Congress: Country Study - Japan
This is a book-length report studying the history, social customs, and politics of the country from early times to the present.

OECD - Japan
Country information, statistics, publications, and news from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

OHCHR - Japan
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).

UNESCO Worldwide - Japan
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States. United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Japan
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.

UNdata - Japan
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.

United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Japan
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.

U.S. Commercial Service - Japan
Country profile about doing business abroad by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.

U.S. Department of Energy - Japan
Country analysis report from the Energy Information Administration.

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Japan
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
House of Councilors (The National Diet of Japan)
Information on the history, organization, and duties of the House of Councilors, which is one of two houses in the National Diet (Japanese parliament). Includes the Constitution of Japan.

House of Representatives (The National Diet of Japan)
Information on the history, organization, and duties of the House of Representatives, which is one of two houses in the National Diet (Japanese parliament).

Imperial Household Agency
Information on the official duties and public activities of the Emperor and Empress, and other members of the Imperial Family.

Japan National Tourist Organization
Includes information about the country and people of Japan, as well as tourism sites and services.

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Ministry of Defense

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Ministry of the Environment

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

National Diet Library

Japan's National Library established in 1948 by the National Library Diet Law.

Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet
Information on the duties and history of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

Statistics Bureau
Information on national statistics, including Population Census.

Supreme Court of Japan
Information on the organization and function of Japan's Supreme Court.
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APEC Individual Action Plan - Japan
Report updated annually by each Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Member Economy recording its actions that help realize the APEC goal.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Declassified Documents
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "Japan" as the search term.
  • National Intelligence Council (NIC) Declassified Documents
    Database of intelligence reports, National Intelligence Estimates, and other publications produced by the National Intelligence Council or its predecessor organizations, the Office of National Estimates and the Office of Reports and Estimates since 1946.
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports CU
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares reports (usually under 20 pages long) on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Japan" as the search term.

Declassified Documents Reference System CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to Japan.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)

Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.

Digital National Security Archive CU
Database of primary declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions. Enter "Japan" as the search term. Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and weapons.

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."

Human Rights Watch - Japan
News and reports related to human rights.

LexisNexis Academic Country & Region Reports CU
News, country briefings, and country risk guides. Filter by country or choose "Country & Region Reports" from publication type.

OECDiLibrary CU
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) online collection of statistical databases, books and periodicals.

U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Japan
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Japan.

UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.

World dataBank
Contains data from the World Bank, including the World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, African Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millennium Development Goals. Users can select variables (some going as far back as 1960) to create customized tables, charts, maps, and reports.

Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)
WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents.
Delegation of the European Commission to Japan
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the world.

Embassy of Japan in the United States of America
Diplomatic representation of Japan in the United States.

Embassy of the United States in Tokyo, Japan
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Japan.

EU's Relations with Japan
Overview, country strategy, EU support, and documents on the European Union's relations with Japan.

Group of Eight (G-8) Information Centre
The G8 is an international forum for the governments of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Group of Twenty (G-20)

The G-20 is a group of 19 of the world's largest economies and the European Union. The G-20 is an informal forum that promotes open and constructive discussion between industrial and emerging-market countries on key issues related to global economic stability.

IMF - Japan
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.

Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
Web site of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.

ReliefWeb - Japan

ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.

News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Japan from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - Japan
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.

U.S. Department of State - Japan

U.S.-Japanese relations, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, and country background notes.

World Bank - Japan

World Bank data, projects, and research in Japan.

World Trade Organization - Japan

Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.
UNAIDS - Japan
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

WHO - Japan
Information and statistics on the status of public health in Japan from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Japan Military Guide
Maps, agencies, military branches, nuclear capability, news, and references from GlobalSecurity.org.

Japan: Security Assistance

Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

Japan's Contribution to United Nations Peacekeeping Operations
Japan's participation in UN peacekeeping operations.

Library of Congress - Guide to World War II Materials
This guide gathers in one place links to World War II related resources throughout the Library of Congress Web site.

National Archives - World War II Records
Record holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) relating to the Second World War.

NTI - Japan Profile

Nuclear, biological, chemical and missile development programs, policies and activities from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). NTI is non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen global security and fulfill the Non-Proliferation Treaty's goals and ambitions. NTI's members are from the United States, Russia, Japan, India, Pakistan, China, Jordan, Sweden, France and the United Kingdom.

Wars and Conflicts of the United States Navy - World War II

Historical information on World War II from the U.S. Navy.
The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on Japan.


Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:


Electronic Resources Print and Electronic Resources
Japan and econom* Japan and econom*
Japan and histor* Japan and histor*
Japan and politic* Japan and politic*
(government publications only)
(government publications only)
The * replaces up to five characters in a word.

For additional foreign information, arranged by subject, see the Subject Page.