The Japanese collection is one of the oldest Asian collections at Monash. Of significance is an archive of Japanese traditional music, which includes scores and sound recordings. The focus of the current collection is on the history of modern Japan, and on contemporary Japanese society, economics, literature and language. English language materials for Japanese studies are held throughout the library, including on microfilm and microfiche. There are also many Japanese language videos and DVDs. The collection also includes Mainichi shinbun and Nihon keizai shinbun as online Japanese newspaper database available from the 19th century.

Japanese language resource material for use in the teaching of Japanese in schools is held in the Japanese Teaching Collection. This material is made available to teachers of Japanese language from across Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania and includes items such as books, workbooks, readers, kits, flash cards and charts etc.

Accessing the Japanese collection

Go to the Japanese studies library guide for more detailed information about resources, including relevant databases, microforms, multimedia materials, journals, online resources, online tutorials, staff members and more. Use Search to find specific materials.  For general searching use the Search “keyword anywhere” option and enter “Japan” plus other topic words that describe what you want. You can use the “Limit” function to limit your search results to Japanese language materials. Japanese language is romanised using the Modified Hepburn Romanization system. The catalogue record for the item displays in both romanisation and Japanese characters.