Introduction to Data Resources for Japan

9. Newspaper and Journal Searching

Newspapers and journals may be important sources of information for current data and for discovery of recent issues, reports, surveys, and scholarship. The following section provides selected links to relevant major newspaper and journal resources for Japan. It also includes links to broader guides to searching Japanese or Japan-related newspapers and journals and to working with news and periodical sources more generally.

Selected resources

Nikkei Telecom 21 日経テレコン21(Japanese language) image of a key
Access in-library only at Harvard-Yenching and Fung Library
Coverage: mid-1980s - present. Varies by newspaper/journal.
Searchable full-text database of over 60 newspapers, including Nikkei and other national papers, local and business/industry papers, and over 60 journals. Primary focus is business and finance. Detailed Japanese company and personnel data, as well as micro- and macro-economic statistics, are also available.

In-library use only: Available in-library at the Documentation Center on Contemporary Japan (Fung Library) and Harvard-Yenching Library. Please ask DCJ staff or Harvard-Yenching circulation or reference staff to log you on. Please note that the service is unavailable between 3 pm and 4 pm daily, Eastern Standard Time.

For more information on using Nikkei Telecom 21, please see Digital Resources for Japanese Studies - Newspapers.

NIKKEI goo (Japanese language)
Allows free searching for basic information about companies through its 企業パーフェクトガイド function. Includes company name, place of operation, type of business (e.g. service industry, electronics), and stock price information. Headlines of Nikkei magazines may be searched for free, but viewing of full text requires payment. image of a padlock
General news database oriented especially towards financial news. Factiva includes many newspapers published in Asia. Although many of these are Western-language publications, the database is increasingly including East Asian-language newspapers. For example, both Mainichi 毎日新聞 and 読売新聞 are available. Coverage for specific newspapers can be found by clicking on the "i" information symbol next to the titles.

To see a list of Japanese publications in, try the following:

  1. Click on Source.
  2. From the Select Source Category drop-down menu, choose Publications - By Region (you may view by language by choosing Publications - By Language).
  3. Click on the + icon next to Asia.
  4. Click on the + icon next to Eastern Asian Countries.
  5. Click on the + icon next to Japan.

World News Connection image of a padlock
Coverage: June 1994 - present
World News Connection provides online access to full text English translations of current non-U.S. media sources, including Japan. The material is obtained from non-U.S. open-source political speeches, television programs, radio broadcasts, newspaper articles, periodicals, and books. It focuses primarily on military, political, environmental, scientific, technical, and socioeconomic issues and events. Coverage for earlier years is available in microform for FBIS (1941-) and JPRS (1957-) in the Government Documents / Microforms in Lamont. Coverage for earlier years, along with relevant indexes, are available (mostly in microform) for FBIS (1941-) and JPRS (1957-) in Government Documents/Microforms in Lamont. Using the indexes can be challenging, so you may wish to set up an appointment with reference staff (617-495-2479).

LexisNexis Academic image of a padlock
LexisNexis Academic provides searching and text of many Western-language publications from East Asia.

To see a list of Japanese publications in LexisNexis Academic, try the following:

  1. Choose World News from the Step One: Select a news category drop-down menu.
  2. Choose Asia/Pacific News Sources the Step Two: select a news source drop-down menu.
  3. Click on Source List to see browse titles from that area.
  4. Click on About This Title to see information about how often holdings are updated and what is included in the subscription.

NewsLink provides comprehensive access to web pages sponsored by national and international newspapers, newswires, magazines, broadcasters and other media-related sites. There are lists of links for major Japanese newspaper sites and several broadcasting networks.

Zasshi kiji sakuin 雑誌記事索引
Most comprehensive online periodicals index, going back to 1948. Created and maintained by the National Diet Library. Please note that this site is regularly down from 2 to 5 pm (Eastern Standard Time).

Nichigai MagazinePlus 日外マガジンプラス image of a padlock
Indexes 14,000 periodicals published in Japan after World War II and 6000 volumes of collected works. Periodicals include scholarly titles from the National Diet Library’s Zasshi kiji sakuin 雑誌記事索引, 1975- ; popular magazines indexed in Jānaru indekkusu ジャーナルインデックス, 1981- ; 1300 Japanese economic and business magazines, 1981-1995; and 60 overseas business magazines, 1984- . Areas covered include the humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. The Gakkai nenpō ronbunshū 学会年報論文書 file indexes articles in university annuals in the social sciences and humanities, essays in commemorative works, conference papers, and books published by research organizations, 1945-1992; and annuals, research reports and books published by scholarly associations, 1945-1995.


Digital Resources for Japanese Studies
A general guide to online and CD/DVD-based resources for the study of Japan, with emphasis on Japanese-language sources. The Finding Articles: Indexes to Journals and Periodicals section contains both current and historical indexes to Japanese journal and other periodical literature. Newspapers has links to online, full-text newspaper databases (both current and historical), information on headline indexes for the modern period, links to the daily editions of major Japanese newspapers, and an outline of how and where to find Japanese newspapers at Harvard libraries and elsewhere.

East Asian Studies Research Guide- News Sources
Provides links to the English-language versions of several major Japanese newspapers and to databases with English-language news content from Japan.

Guide to Newspapers and Newspaper Indexes
Includes information on how to search for newspapers in HOLLIS and general indexes and databases for newspapers.

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