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User Survey - Jun. 23 to Sep.26, 2014
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About 4,000 digitized books were added to the Digital Library from the Meiji Era after the copyright clearance.
List of newly added titles (Japanese only, CSV format, ShiftJIS)


Some functions have changed.

・The function of Print Modification was released to the Internet users. When you print images, you can trim and adjust brightness and gamma value.

・In the Content Viewer, the Keyword Search box was added.


An English interface of the Digital Library from the Meiji Era is now available.

English-speaking users can search and view our digitized collections with English guide and instructions.

#Note: Search keywords must be entered in Japanese characters.

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  • Official Gazettes
  • Doctoral Dissertations
  • Constitutional Materials
  • Materials on the Allied Occupation of Japan

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