The Japanese-language holdings at the University of Hawai’i represent one of the largest in the United States. The University’s Hamilton Library contains more than 125,000 volumes in Japanese, 7,600 microfilm reels and fiche cards, 719 serials, and 1,682 periodical titles not currently being collected. Extensive microfilm files exist for newspapers such as Asahi Shinbun, Mainichi Shinbun, and Nihon Keizai Shinbun, and Japan Times, source materials on Ryukyus, Okinawa, Hokkaido, Sakhalin and the Kuriles, and Minutes of the Upper and Lower Houses of the Japanese Imperial Diet between 1890 and 1947. CD-ROMs include archival issues of Yomiuri Shinbun, directories, dictionaries, classical literature, performing arts, and Japanese government’s white papers and statistics. Web-based online databases include scholarly and trade journal indexes, encyclopedias, Japanese books in print, and biographical information on notable Japanese individuals.
The Library also has strong holdings of materials dealing with the industrial and economic development of Japan as well as on women in Japan. Since 2002, the Library also started collecting hard to obtain Japanese company, non-profit organizations, and educational institution histories collectively known as “shashi.” With help of grants from the Japan Foundation, North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) and donations from the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Museum and Kawasaki Prefectural Library, the Shashi Collection grows rapidly (Website: http://www.hawaii.edu/asiaref/japan/company/index.htm) Thirty-one serials and over 600 monographs (in English and Japanese) on Japanese law are housed in the Law Library of the Richardson School of Law.
The UHM Library is a member of the Research Libraries Group of 163 research libraries as well as a member of the U.S. and Japan bilateral Global ILL Framework (GIF), the membership of which includes over 130 Japanese and 70 North American university libraries. GIF provides document delivery services and Interlibrary loan among the members. The Asia Collection Reading Room offers a Japanese Windows PC and PCs equipped with Japanese-language reading software.