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Greetings from the Librarian


Portrait of Dr. Hanyu, Librarian of the National Diet Library

Please accept my earnest appreciation for your cooperation with the activities of the National Diet Library.
This year, the National Diet Library celebrates its 70th anniversary. And on this memorable occasion, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for all the support you have given us to this day.

The National Diet Library was established in 1948 as the legislative research library of the National Diet of Japan. Its purpose is elucidated in the preamble of the National Diet Library Law as follows:
"The National Diet Library is hereby established as a result of the firm conviction that truth makes us free and with the object of contributing to international peace and the democratization of Japan as promised in our Constitution."
With this statement of the raison d'être for the National Diet Library, we will continue our efforts to enhance our services.

Japan itself has changed dramatically during these first 70 years of the National Diet Library's existence. In recent years, especially, the advance of information technology has brought about the creation of a prodigious volume of digital information. And this has had a tremendous impact on the diverse formats in which library materials are circulated. The acquisition, preservation, cataloging, and distribution of information resources are all the more challenging under these circumstances even as they take on ever greater significance.

The National Diet Library's Midterm Vision: Universal Access 2020 was implemented in 2017 for the express purpose of strengthening our infrastructure to meet the challenges that we are likely to face during the years leading up to our 100th anniversary. Our goal is the creation of an infrastructure that enables us not only to preserve library materials but to provide people in Japan and around the world with access to them, irrespective of limitations in time or space.

We will be celebrating our 70th anniversary with a number of events, including exhibitions in the autumn at both the Tokyo Main Library and the Kansai-kan, in which we will display some of the unique collections of library materials that we have acquired since the founding of the National Diet Library.
This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the Legal Deposit system and the Branch Library system. To celebrate the significance of these systems, we will hold symposiums featuring experts invited from both Japan and abroad.
We will also host in 2018 an international conference for the Association of Parliamentary Librarians of Asia and the Pacific.
It is our earnest desire that these events will serve as an opportunity for a diverse range of patrons to use the National Diet Library's services.

All of us at the National Diet Library are committed to fulfilling the missions set forth for us under the noble principles on which we were founded 70 years ago.
In doing so, we look forward to and very much appreciate your continued support and encouragement.

Spring 2018

Sawako Hanyu, Ph.D.
Librarian of the National Diet Library

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