Workshop on Japanese Research Tools in Helsinki 11 September 2017

This annual NIAS workshop on using databases for Japanese Studies is this year organized by Helsinki University Library. It is best suitable for researchers or students who know Japanese or are on the way of learning it since most of the content in the databases is in Japanese. The presentations are in English.

As usual there will be hands-on introductions by the vendors to the most important Japanese databases on AsiaPortal: JapanKnowledge, Asahi Shimbun Kikuzo, Nikkei Telecom, Japan Times and Yomidas Rekishikan. The workshop is useful both for new and more experienced users of the databases as the presentations also include new features.

Participation is free, but registration is necessary as seats are limited.

Time: Monday 11.9.2017, 10.00-15.30 
Venue: Siltavuorenpenger 3 A (Athena), 3rd floor, room 302, University of Helsinki


10:00-11:00 JapanKnowledge
11:00-11:10 Short Break
11:10-12:00 Asahi Shimbun Kikuzo II Visual
12:00-12:15 Japan Times Archives
12:15-13:15 Lunch Break
13:15-14:15 Nikkei Telecom
14:15-14:25 Short Break
14:25-14:30 Hokkaido University Info (in Japanese)
14:30-15:30 140 Years of The Yomiuri Shimbun

Registration: Latest 5 September to Pekka Karhula, Helsinki University Library by email to For more information, please contact Pekka Karhula.


On trial: new Asian studies e-resources in AsiaPortal






Several Asian studies resources are now on trial in AsiaPortal. Of special interest are South Asia Archive and NKnews.

South Asia Archive contains books and journals on various subjects ranging from culture to medicine from the 18th to the 20th century.

NKnews is a news and intelligence service concentrating on North Korea. The service contains tools for analysis, which, for instance, make it possible to track the North Korean leaders.

Other trials are the Chinese Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC) net Database and Social Sciences Journals Database from Renmin university and the Japanese Fuzoku Gaho Magazine.

N.B. If the AsiaPortal link first directs back to the AsiaPortal front page, just click the link again to gain access.

Please give feedback on the trials on AsiaPortal’s web page (feedback button on the left)!

South Asia Archive

The South Asia Archive is a searchable digital archive of diverse material, mainly primary resources, from the mid-18th to the mid-20th Century. Focusing on South Asia, the Archive contains both reports, rare books, and journal runs. The documents in the Archive reflects the varied range of knowledge production in colonial and early post-colonial India in fields including:    culture & society, industry & economy, science, technology & medicine, urban planning & administration, politics & law.

The material is sourced from collectors and archivists in India by the South Asia Research Foundation.

On trial until 4 November 2016.


An independent, privately owned specialist site focused on North Korea. Content includes access to selected newspapers and journals, news aggregator, intelligence analysis, expert surveys, in-depth articles, and tools and data about North Korea.

On trial until 1 November 2016.

Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC) net Database

The Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC) net Database includes research report databases and special databases. The platform provides series of information products including DRC Report, Macroeconomic Report, Finance China, Industry Economic Report, Financial and Economic Database-Statistical Database for Various Industries and so on, in all 36 bibliographic databases and 56 statistical databases. In Chinese.

On trial until 30 November 2016.

Social Sciences Journals Database from Renmin university

Social Sciences Journals Database from Renmin university includes full-text access to journals in the areas of political and social sciences, law, philosophy, economics and management, literature and arts, education, history, cultural information, media and others since 1995. In Chinese.

On trial until 30 November 2016.

JKBooks Fuzoku Gaho

On request, we have a new trial to Fuzoku Gaho. Fuzoku Gaho was the first graphic magazine produced in Japan, and is also known as a major journal source for the research of customs and social mores.

The magazine was published from 1889 to 1916 and contains a total of 518 issues covering content pertaining to social and cultural trends and conditions in the Edo, Meiji and Taisho periods, customs, history, literature, things/objects and affairs, geography (regional and world), war and disasters.

Fuzoku Gaho is a part of JapanKnowledge and will be available on trial via the Library section of JapanKnowledge from 15 October.

Please note: the trial is available from 15 October until 14 November 2016.

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