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National Diet Library Law

National Diet Library Law

(Law No. 5, February 9, 1948)

Amendments:
1. Law No. 194, June 6, 1949
2. Law No. 3, January 28, 1955
3. Law No. 82, July 1, 1994
4. Law No. 31, April 7, 1999
5. Law No. 37, April 7, 2000
6. Law No. 6, March 31, 2002
7. Law No.145, December 1, 2004
8. Law No.27, April 13, 2005
9. Law No.82, July 6, 2005
10. Law No.102, October 21, 2005
11. Law No.10, March 31, 2007
12. Law No.16, March 31, 2007
13. Law No.76, June 6, 2007
14. Law No.82, June 13, 2007
15. Law No.100, June 27, 2007
16. Law No.20, April 25, 2008
17 Law No.10, March 31, 2009
18 Law No.73, July 10, 2009
19. Law No.39, May 2, 2011
20. Law No.32, June 22, 2012
21. Law No.40, May 21, 2014

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.

CHAPTER I. ESTABLISHMENT AND PURPOSES

Article 1. The National Diet Library is hereby established and this Law shall be shown and cited as the National Diet Library Law.

Article 2. The National Diet Library shall collect books and other library materials for the purpose of assisting the members of the National Diet in the performance of their duties and also for the purpose of providing certain library services as hereinafter specified for the executive and judicial agencies of the national government and for the people of Japan.

Article 3. The National Diet Library shall consist of a central library and of such branch libraries as are provided for herein or as may hereafter be established.

CHAPTER II. CHIEF LIBRARIAN

Article 4. There shall be only one Chief Librarian of the National Diet Library at any time. He shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the House of Councillors with the approval of the Houses after consultation with the Committees on Rules and Administration of both Houses.
2 He shall continue in office so long as he performs his duties satisfactorily. He shall refrain from political activities and he shall not be dismissed for political reasons. He may be dismissed by joint action of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the House of Councillors.

Article 5. The Chief Librarian shall supervise the administration of the Library and direct the officials and employees thereof in the performance of their duties.
2 He shall make all rules and regulations for the governance of the Library beforehand or retrospectively with the approval of the Committees on Rules and Administration of both Houses.
3 The provisions of the preceding paragraph shall come into force when public notice has been given.

Article 6. The Chief Librarian shall make at the beginning of each fiscal year a report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the House of Councillors on the operations and financial condition of the Library for the previous fiscal year.

Article 7. The Chief Librarian shall arrange and offer by methods suitable for the people’s use, at intervals not longer than one year, a catalogue or index of the publications issued within Japan during the preceding year or period.

Article 8. The Chief Librarian is authorized to arrange for the preparation, in form suitable for publication, of an index to the laws of Japan.

CHAPTER III. ASSISTANT CHIEF LIBRARIAN AND OTHER OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES

Article 9. There shall be only one Assistant Chief Librarian at any time. He shall be appointed and dismissed by the Chief Librarian with the approval of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the House of Councillors. He shall assist the Chief Librarian in the administration of the Library. When the Chief Librarian is unable to attend to his duties or when the post is vacant, the Assistant Chief Librarian shall perform the duties of the Chief Librarian.

Article 10. All other officials and employees of the National Diet Library shall be appointed by the Chief Librarian on the sole basis of their qualifications to perform the duties of their respective posts, and in accordance with the provisions of the Diet Secretariat Personnel Law. The Chief Librarian shall prescribe the duties of such officials and employees.
2 No officials of the Library shall be, concurrently, members of the Diet, nor shall they hold other posts in the executive or judicial agencies of the national government, except for such posts in the government branch libraries of the executive or judicial agencies.

CHAPTER IV. THE COMMITTEE ON RULES AND ADMINISTRATION AND THE COORDINATING COMMITTEE ON THE NATIONAL DIET LIBRARY

Article 11. The Committees on Rules and Administration of both Houses shall meet not less than once in every six months to consider reports from the Chief Librarian on the progress of the Library, the rules and regulations made by the Chief Librarian for the governance of the Library, the budget of the Library, and of other business relating to the Library.
2 The Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Administration of each House shall report the results of the consideration provided for in the foregoing paragraph to the House.

Article 12. A Coordinating Committee on the National Diet Library is hereby established. This Committee shall consist of four members who shall be the Chairmen of the Committees on Rules and Administration of the two Houses, a justice of the Supreme Court appointed by the Chief Justice, and a minister of state appointed by the Prime Minister. They shall elect a Chairman from among themselves.
2 The Chairman and members shall serve without additional compensation.
3 The Chief Librarian may attend meetings of the Committee, but shall have no vote in its proceedings.

Article 13. The Coordinating Committee shall make recommendations to the Committee on Rules and Administration of each House for the improvement of the services of the National Diet Library to the Diet and the executive and judicial agencies of the government.

CHAPTER V. DEPARTMENTS OF THE LIBRARY

Article 14. The Chief Librarian shall organize the Library into such departments, divisions and other units as are necessary for its efficient administration.

CHAPTER VI. RESEARCH AND LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU

Article 15. The Chief Librarian shall establish within the National Diet Library a department to be known as the Research and Legislative Reference Bureau. The functions of this department shall be as follows:
(1) Upon request, to advise and assist any committee of the Diet in the analysis, appraisal or evaluation of legislation pending before it, or of proposals submitted to the Diet by the Cabinet, and otherwise to assist in furnishing a basis for the proper determination of measures before the committee.
(2) Upon request, or upon its own initiative in anticipation of requests, to gather, classify, analyze and make available in translations, indexes, digests, compilations, bulletins and otherwise, materials for or related to legislation, and to provide serviceable materials to the Diet and to the committees and members thereof, without partisan or bureaucratic bias in selection or presentation of such materials.
(3) To provide a bill-drafting service that assists the Diet, its committees and members in the preparation of legislation; provided, however, that this assistance shall be supplied only upon request of a committee or a member of the Diet, and that the staff of the Research and Legislative Reference Bureau shall in no case initiate or urge legislation.
(4) To make its collection of information available to the executive and judicial agencies of the government or to the general public to the extent that the needs of the Diet and of its committees and members permit this to be done.

Article 16. The Chief Librarian shall appoint a director, deputy director and all other personnel necessary for this Bureau without reference to political affiliations and solely on the ground of fitness to perform the duties of their office and in accordance with the provisions of the Diet Secretariat Personnel Law.
2 The Chief Librarian is further authorized to appoint to the staff of this Bureau senior specialists in the broad fields of interest which coincide with the fields of interest of the several Standing Committees of the Diet.

CHAPTERVI-2. KANSAI-KAN

Article 16-2. The Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library shall be established in the central library.
2 The Chief Librarian shall determine the location of the Kansai-kan and its functions.
3 There shall be one director of the Kansai-kan who shall be appointed by the Chief Librarian from among the officials of the National Diet Library.
4 The director of the Kansai-kan shall, under the orders of the Chief Librarian, administer the affairs of the Kansai-kan.

CHAPTER VII. SERVICES TO THE EXECUTIVE AND JUDICIAL AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT

Article 17. The Chief Librarian shall be responsible for the coordination of the library service to the executive and judicial agencies of the government. To this end he shall:
(1) Appoint the librarians of the executive and judicial agencies of the government upon the recommendation of the members of the Coordinating Committee who respectively represent these bodies. However, appointments from among the persons who are governed by the National Public Service Law shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the same law, and with the consent of the chief of the agency concerned.
(2) Have authority to prescribe, for the use of the libraries of the executive and judicial agencies of the government, methods and systems of library management, including, for example, methods relating to cataloging, inter-library loans and exchange of collections, union catalogues and union lists; with a view to making the library resources of the whole government available for the use of any official of the executive and judicial agencies of the government.
(3) Have authority to require annual or special reports from the librarians of the executive and judicial agencies of the government.

Article 18. The budget for the library of each executive or judicial agency of the government shall be included as a distinct item under the title "library" in the budget of the agency concerned, and appropriations made thereunder shall not be transferable to any other item in the budget of the agency nor be reduced without the approval of the member of the Coordinating Committee representing that executive or judicial body of the government and the Chief Librarian.

Article 19. The chief librarian of each executive or judicial agency of the government shall be responsible for satisfactory library service to his agency. He shall have authority to appoint and dismiss the members of his staff subject to the provisions of the Diet Secretariat Personnel Law or of the National Public Service Law, or of the Court of Justice Law. He shall have authority, under regulations to be made by the Chief Librarian, to recommend the acquisition of books and other library materials by purchase or by other means to the chief of the respective agency as well as the Chief Librarian, or to make such purchases or other acquisitions directly.

Article 20. Not later than six months after the first appointment to the post of Chief Librarian, all existing libraries of the executive and judicial agencies of the government shall become branches of the National Diet Library under the provisions of this Chapter. Any national government agency which has no existing library shall establish a branch library not later than within one year.

CHAPTER VIII. SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC AND TO PUBLIC AND OTHER LIBRARIES

Article 21. The library services of the National Diet Library shall be available to the people of Japan either directly or through prefectural or other libraries to the fullest extent consistent with the needs of the Diet, its committees and members and of the executive and judicial agencies of the government. To this end the Chief Librarian is authorized as follows:
(1) To make the collections of the Library, and information which is provided through the Internet or other advanced information communication network for the Library's use and the content of which is the equivalent of a library material, available for public use and study either in the National Diet Library building or by inter-library loan or through copying services or by exhibition, in accordance with regulations to be made by him or her; and to provide such other services as he or she may, according to circumstances, find to be necessary for the improvement of the library services.
(2) To assist, by every appropriate means, prefectural and other local assemblies, government officials and librarians in the organization of libraries and in the development of library services.
(3) To make publications of the Library available to other libraries and individuals desiring to purchase them, and to charge the prices that will be determined by the Chief Librarian.
(4) To take all measures to produce a union catalogue of the library resources in Japan and such other catalogues and lists as may be necessary to coordinate the availability of the library resources of the country.
2 When the copying service prescribed in item (1) of the preceding paragraph is provided, the Chief Librarian is authorized to collect charges which shall be fixed taking the actual cost into account.
3 The Chief Librarian, in accordance with regulations to be made by him or her, is authorized to commission a part of the works related to the copying service prescribed in item (1) of paragraph 1 ('copying works' in short) to a nonprofit corporation.
4 A person who receives copies from the corporation entrusted with the copying work in accordance with the provision of the preceding paragraph shall pay charges to the corporation for the copying service prescribed in paragraph 2.
5 The corporation entrusted with the copying work in accordance with the provision of paragraph 3 shall receive the charges paid in accordance with the provision of the foregoing paragraph as its income and bear the necessary expenses for the copying works so entrusted.

Article 22. The International Library of Children's Literature shall be established as a branch library of the National Diet Library that provides, through international collaboration, library services concerning books and other library materials whose main readers are assumed to be approximately eighteen years of age or less.
2 In the International Library of Children's Literature there shall be one Librarian of the International Library of Children's Literature who shall be appointed from among the officials of the National Diet Library.
3 The Librarian of the International Library of Children's Literature shall, under the orders of the Chief Librarian, administer the affairs of the International Library of Children's Literature.

CHAPTER IX. COLLECTIONS

Article 23. The Chief Librarian is authorized to acquire, for the collections of the National Diet Library, books and other library materials by deposit prescribed in the provisions of Chapter X and XI and by record prescribed in the provisions of Chapter XI-2 and XI-3 and also by purchase, gift, exchange, bequest and other methods, or by transfer from the executive and judicial agencies of the government. The chiefs of the executive and judicial agencies of the government are authorized to transfer to the National Diet Library books and other library materials not needed for their use but in the judgement of the Chief Librarian appropriate to the uses of the National Diet Library. The Chief Librarian is authorized to transfer to the executive and judicial agencies of the government books and other library materials not needed by the National Diet Library, or to use them in exchange or otherwise to dispose of them.

CHAPTER X. DEPOSIT OF PUBLICATIONS BY GOVERNMENT, LOCAL PUBLIC ENTITIES, INCORPORATED ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES, ETC.

Article 24. Of each publication coming under any of the following categories issued by or for any agency of the government (except confidential matters, blank forms, specimen pages and other simple publications; the same shall apply hereinafter), thirty (30) copies or fewer shall be deposited immediately with the National Diet Library for its official use or for its use in exchange for the publications of other governments and in other international exchanges in accordance with regulations to be made by the Chief Librarian:
(1) Books;
(2) Pamphlets;
(3) Serials;
(4) Music scores;
(5) Maps;
(6) Motion picture films;
(7) Documents or charts besides those mentioned in the foregoing items, reproduced by printing and other processes;
(8) Phonographic records;
(9) Texts, images, sounds, or programs recorded by electronic, magnetic, or other methods which cannot be directly perceived by human senses.
2 Of each publication prescribed in the foregoing paragraph issued by or for any juridical person listed in the following items, five (5) copies or fewer shall be deposited immediately with the National Diet Library for the purpose prescribed in the preceding paragraph in accordance with regulations to be made by the Chief Librarian:
(1) Incorporated administrative agencies prescribed in Article 2, paragraph 1 of the Law on General Rules for Incorporated Administrative Agency (Law No.103 of 1999).
(2) National university corporations prescribed in Article 2, paragraph 1 of the National University Corporation Law (Law No.112 of 2003) or Inter-university research institute corporations prescribed in paragraph 3 of the same Article.
(3) Special corporations or the like (referred to as corporations established directly by law, established by a special establishment act pursuant to special laws, or established pursuant to special laws and whose establishment is necessary to be authorized by administrative offices; the same shall apply hereinafter) listed in the Appended Table 1.
3 The provisions of the two foregoing paragraphs shall apply to the reprinting of the publications specified in the same paragraphs. However, the same provisions shall not apply to cases where the contents of the reprinted publication differ neither in volume nor substance from its first or previous edition and where copies of its first or previous edition were deposited in accordance with the provisions of this Law.

Article 24-2. When the publications as prescribed in paragraph 1 of the foregoing Article, have been issued by or for agencies of the metropolitan and prefectural governments or cities (including special districts and similar special local public entities; the same shall apply hereinafter), such agencies shall immediately deposit five (5) copies or fewer of such publications with the National Diet Library for the purposes specified by the same paragraph in accordance with regulations to be made by the Chief Librarian. Of each publication issued by or for agencies of towns or villages (including similar special local public entities; the same shall apply hereinafter) three (3) copies or fewer thereof shall be deposited.
2 When any of the publications prescribed in paragraph 1 of the foregoing Article has been issued by or for agencies similar to agencies of the metropolitan and prefectural governments or cities such as agencies established by the metropolitan and prefectural governments or cities, such agencies shall immediately deposit four (4) copies or fewer thereof with the National Diet Library for the purposes specified by the same paragraph in accordance with regulations to be made by the Chief Librarian. Of each publication issued by or for agencies similar to agencies of towns or villages such as agencies established by towns or villages two (2) copies or fewer thereof shall be deposited.
(1) Port authorities prescribed in Article 4, paragraph 1 of the Port and Harbor Law (Law No.218 of 1950);
(2) Local housing supply corporations prescribed in Article 1 of the Local Housing Supply Corporation Law (Law No.124 of 1965);
(3) Local road public corporations prescribed in Article 1 of the Local Road Public Corporation Law (Law No.82 of 1970);
(4) Land development public corporations prescribed in Article 10, paragraph 1 of the Law concerning Promotion of Expansion of Public Land (Law No.66 of 1972);
(5) Local incorporated administrative agencies prescribed in Article 2, paragraph 1 of the Local Incorporated Administrative Agency Law (Law No.118 of 2003);
(6) Special corporations listed in Appended Table 2.
3 The provisions of paragraph 3 of the foregoing Article shall apply to the two preceding paragraphs.

CHAPTER XI. DEPOSIT OF PUBLICATIONS ISSUED BY OTHERS

Article 25. When any person other than specified by the preceding two Articles has issued any of the publications prescribed in paragraph 1 of Article 24, he shall, in order to contribute to the accumulation and utility of cultural goods, deposit a complete copy of its best edition to the National Diet Library within thirty (30) days of its issue, excepting cases coming under the provisions of the preceding two Articles; provided that this shall not apply in cases where the publisher has presented or bequeathed the publication to the National Diet Library or where the Chief Librarian recognizes the existence of special reasons.
2 The provisions of Article 24, paragraph 3, shall apply with necessary modifications to the foregoing paragraph. In this case, "deposited" mentioned in Article 24, paragraph 3, shall read "deposited or presented or bequeathed".
3 To a person who has deposited publications in accordance with the provision of paragraph 1, the Chief Librarian shall give compensation equivalent to the expenses usually required for the issue and deposit of the publication.

Article 25-2. If the publisher fails, without legitimate reason, to deposit the publication in accordance with the provision of paragraph 1 of the foregoing Article, he shall be punished with a fine of up to five times the retail price of the publication, (or if the retail price is not fixed, an estimate is made.)
2 If the publisher is a juridical person, the fine in the foregoing paragraph shall be imposed upon its representative.

CHAPTER XI-2. RECORD OF INTERNET MATERIALS OF GOVERNMENT, LOCAL PUBLIC ENTITIES, INCORPORATED ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES, ETC.

Article 25-3.The Chief Librarian is authorized, for the official use, to collect digital materials by recording them on media being used by the National Diet Library, when these materials are made available to the public by the agencies prescribed in Article 24 or 24-2 or provided through their Internet services. The “digital materials” are texts, images, sounds, or programs recorded by electronic, magnetic, or any other means not directly open to human perception, and made available to the public on the Internet.
2 Agencies prescribed in Article 24 or 24-2, pursuant to regulations made by the Chief Librarian, are obliged to take necessary measures so that the Chief Librarian make the record appropriately of the digital materials, which are made available to the public by such agencies or provided through their Internet services. For this paragraph and the next, the Chief Librarian may make regulations exempting certain digital materials from being recorded, when they are unnecessary for accomplishing the purpose provided for in paragraph 1 by their nature and the purpose for which they are made available to the public.
3 Among digital materials made available to the public by the Agencies prescribed in Article 24 or 24-2 or provided through their Internet services, the Chief Librarian is authorized to request such agencies to provide the National Diet Library with the digital materials specified by him/her as those particularly necessary to achieve the purpose provided for in paragraph 1. In such case, the agencies shall respond to the request unless they have a justifiable reason for refusing.

CHAPTER XI-3. RECORD OF ONLINE PUBLICATIONS

Article 25-4.When any person other than specified by Article 24 or 24-2 has made available to the public or transmitted online publications through the Internet and other advanced information and telecommunications networks, he shall, in order to contribute to the accumulation and utility of cultural goods, provide the National Diet Library with them in accordance with regulations to be made by the Chief Librarian excepting cases coming under the provision of the foregoing Article. The “online publications” are texts, images, sounds, or programs recorded by electronic, magnetic, or any other means not directly open to human perception, made available to the public or transmitted through the Internet and other advanced information and telecommunications networks, and specified by the Chief Librarian as corresponding to books or serials (except confidential matters, blank forms, specimen pages and other simple publications).
2 The provision of the foregoing paragraph shall not apply to cases prescribed in the following items.
(1) In cases where any person other than specified by Article 24 or 24-2 asks the Chief Librarian to record online publications, which are made available to the public or transmitted by such a person, on media being used by the National Diet Library without the providing prescribed in the foregoing paragraph, and the Chief Librarian approves it.
(2) In cases where the contents of online publications differ neither in volume nor substance from online publications collected previously in accordance with the provision of this Article.
(3) In cases where the Chief Librarian recognizes that an online publication is unnecessary for accomplishing the purpose of the foregoing paragraph by its nature and the purpose for which it is made available to the public or transmitted.
(4) In cases where the Chief Librarian recognizes the existence of special reasons.
3 The Chief Librarian is authorized to collect online publications pertaining to the providing prescribed in the provision of the paragraph 1 or the approval of the foregoing paragraph, item (1), by recording them on media being used by the National Diet Library.
4 To a person who provided online publications in accordance with the provision of paragraph 1, the Chief Librarian shall pay the amount equivalent to the expenses usually required for the providing prescribed in the same paragraph; provided that this shall not apply in cases where said person has expressed his/her intent not to require the payment.

CHAPTER XII. GIFTS OF MONEY - DISBURSEMENT - BUDGET

Article 26. The Chief Librarian shall have authority to accept gifts of money for immediate disbursement in connection with the National Diet Library, its services or collections.
2 In each case, he shall obtain the approval of the Committees on Rules and Administration of both Houses.

Article 27. All appropriations made to the National Diet Library shall be disbursed under the supervision of the Chief Librarian by a disbursing officer to be appointed by him.

Article 28. The annual budget of the National Diet Library shall be prepared by the Chief Librarian and shall be submitted by him to the Committees on Rules and Administration of both Houses. Said budget shall be submitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the House of Councillors, with or without the recommendations of the Committees after their examination.

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS:

Article 29. This Law shall come into force as from the day of its promulgation.
2 Law No. 84 of 1947 concerning the Diet Library shall be abolished.

Article 30. Upon the effective date of this law, the Library of the House of Representatives and the Library of the House of Councillors shall cease to exist as separate Libraries, and their collections shall be transferred to the National Diet Library.

Article 31. When fully qualified persons are not available for appointment to positions, the Chief Librarian shall make temporary appointments for a period not exceeding two years' duration; such an appointment shall not be renewed if at its termination a better qualified person is available for the position.

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 194, June 6, 1949):
1. This Law shall come into force as from July 1, 1949.
2. Deposit of publications issued prior to the coming into force of this Law shall be in accordance with the existing provisions.

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 3, January 28, 1955)[excerpts]:
1. This Law shall come into force as from the day of convocation of the 22nd Session of the Diet. (Day of convocation: March 18, 1955)

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 82, July 1, 1994):
1. This Law shall come into force as from the day of its promulgation.
2. The Branch Library of the National Diet Library as was prescribed by Article 22 before being revised by this law shall become the UENO Library, Branch of the National Diet Library, as is prescribed by the revised Article 22 of this law.

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 31, April 7, 1999)[excerpts]:
1. This Law shall come into force as from January 1, 2000; except that the provision revising Article 21, Article 21 item (1), (3), and (4) shall come into force as from the day of its promulgation.

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 37, April 7, 2000)[excerpts]:
1. This Law shall come into force as from October 1, 2000.
2. The publisher of the publications coming under Article 24, paragraph 1, item (6) as is revised by this Law shall, for the time being, be exempt from obligation to deposit in accordance with the decision to be made by the Chief Librarian and despite the provisions of the said Article to Article 25.
3. Deposit of publications issued prior to the coming into force of this Law shall be in accordance with the existing provisions.

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 6, March 31, 2002)[excerpts]:
1. This Law shall come into force as from April 1, 2002; except that paragraph 3 to paragraph 5 of Article 21 in the revising provision, which adds four paragraphs to the said Article, shall come into force as from October 1, 2002.

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 145, December 1, 2004)[excerpts]:

(Day of coming into force)
Article 1.This Law shall come into force as from January 1, 2005; except that Article 2 shall come into force as from the time of establishment of the Japan Legal Support Center prescribed in Article 13 of the Comprehensive Legal Support Law. (Time of establishment: April 10, 2006)

(Transitory measures)
Article 2.Deposit of publications issued prior to the coming into force of this Law shall be in accordance with the existing provisions.

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 27, April 13, 2005):
This Law shall come into force as from the day of its promulgation; except that the provision revising Appended Table 1 shall come into force as from October 1, 2005.

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS (Law No. 82, July 6, 2005) [excerpts]:

(Day of coming into force)
Article 1.This Law shall come into force as from April 1, 2007. [The rest is omitted.]

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 102, October 21, 2005) [excerpts]:

(Day of coming into force)
Article 1.This Law shall come into force as from the day of coming into force of the Postal Service Privatization Law. [The rest is omitted.] (Day of coming into force: October 1, 2007)

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 10, March 31, 2007):
1. This Law shall come into force as from April 1, 2007; except that the provision revising Article 7 shall come into force as from July 1, 2007.
2. With respect to publications presented or bequeathed to the National Diet Library prior to the coming into force of this law, delivery of issued national publication catalogue prescribed in Article 25 paragraph 4 of the former National Diet Library Law prior to the revision by this law shall be in accordance with the existing provision.

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 16, March 31, 2007) [excerpts]:

(Day of coming into force)
Article 1.This Law shall come into force as from April 1, 2007; except that the following provisions shall come into force as from the day prescribed in any of the following items:
(1) The provision of Article 2, the provisions of Article 4, paragraph 1 and 5, Article 5 to 12, and Article 13, paragraph 2 to 4 of the Supplementary Provisions: October 1, 2007.
(2) [omit]

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 76, June 6, 2007) [excerpts]:

(Day of coming into force)
Article 1.This Law shall come into force as from the day specified by Cabinet Order within a period not exceeding one year from the day of its promulgation. [The rest is omitted.] (Day specified by Cabinet Order: January 1, 2008)

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 82, June 13, 2007) [excerpts]:

(Day of coming into force)
Article 1.This Law shall come into force as from the day of its promulgation; except that the following provisions shall come into force as from the day prescribed in any of the following items:
(1) The provision of Article 2, the provisions of Article 7, 8, 16, 21to 24, 29, 31, 33, 35 and 37 of the Supplementary Provisions: the day specified by Cabinet Order prior to January 31, 2008. (Day specified by Cabinet Order: October 1, 2007)
(2) The provision of Article 4, the provisions of Article 14, 15, 17, 25 to 28, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38 of the Supplementary Provisions: the day specified by Cabinet Order prior to April 30, 2008. (Day specified by Cabinet Order: April 1, 2008)

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No. 100, June 27, 2007) [excerpts]:

(Day of coming into force)
Article 1.This Law shall come into force as from the day specified by Cabinet Order within a period not exceeding two months from the day of its promulgation. (Day specified by Cabinet Order: August 10, 2007).

(Validity of the former law)
Article 2.With respect to an institute existing at the time of the enforcement of this law and equivalent to National Institute for Research Advancement prescribed in National Institute for Research Advancement Law prior to the repeal by this law (referred to as 'the former law' hereinafter), in case that the institute dissolves from the day of promulgation of this law, the provisions of the former law (except for the provisions of Article 3, Article 4, paragraph 2 to 6 and Chapter 2; the same shall apply hereinafter) shall remain in force until the registration of its completion of liquidation, and in case that the institute implements entity conversion prescribed in the following article, the provisions of the former law shall remain in force until the entity conversion becomes effective (These periods shall be referred to as 'the period to which the former law applies' hereinafter).

(Transitional Measures upon partial revision of National Diet Library Law etc.)
Article 34.The provisions of following laws which are in force prior to the amendment under the provisions of Article 31and 32 of this Supplementary Provisions shall remain in force during the period to which the former law applies.
(1) The row of the National Institute for Research Advancement in the Appended Table 1 to the National Diet Library Law.
(2)- (8) [omit]

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No.20, April 25, 2008):
This Law shall come into force as from October 1, 2008; except that the revising provision, which adds one row next to the row of the Japan Racing Association in Appended Table 1, shall come into force as from the day of coming into force of the Japan Pension Service Law (Law No.109, 2007) and the provision revising Appended Table 2 shall come into force as from the day of its promulgation. (Day of coming into force: January 1, 2010)

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No.10, March 31, 2009) [excerpts]:

(Day of coming into force)
Article 1.This Law shall come into force as from April 1, 2009; except that the provision of Article 5, the provisions of Article 5 paragraph 3 to 6 and Article 7 to 15 of Supplementary Provisions shall come into force as from the day specified by Cabinet Order within a period not exceeding three months from the day of promulgation. (Day specified by Cabinet Order: June 1, 2009)

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No.73, July 10, 2009) [excerpts]:

(Day of coming into force)
Article 1.This Law shall come into force as from April 1, 2010.

(Transitional Measures)
Article 2.Article 25-3, paragraph 3 of National Diet Library Law revised by this law shall apply to the Internet materials which are specified by Paragraph 1 of the same article and publicly available at the time of coming into force of this law and after.

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No.39, May 2, 2011) [excerpts]:

(Day of coming into force)
Article 1.This Law shall come into force as from the day of its promulgation; except that the provisions of Article 5, paragraph 1, Article 47 and the provisions of Article 22 to 51 of the Supplementary Provisions shall come into force as from April 1, 2012.

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No.32, June 22, 2012) [excerpts]:

(Day of coming into force)
Article 1.This Law shall come into force as from July 1, 2013; except that the provision revising Appended Table 1 shall come into force as from the day of its promulgation.
(Exemption from the obligation to provide)
Article 2.Among online publications specified by Article 25-4, paragraph 1 as is revised by this Law, those that are made available to the public or transmitted for value, or those that are restricted by technological restriction measures, shall, for the time being, be exempt from obligation to provide in accordance with regulations to be made by the Chief Librarian and despite the provision of the said paragraph. The “technological restriction measures” are measures which restrict the viewing and the recording of online publications by electronic, magnetic, or any other means not directly open to human perception, by a method of recording on media or transmitting signals that cause equipment which is used for viewing or recording online publications to react in a specific manner in association with online publications, or by a method of recording on media or transmitting converted online publications which require specific conversion by equipment which is used for viewing or recording online publications.
(Transitional Measures)
Article 3.Article 25-4, paragraph 1 of the National Diet Library Law revised by this law shall apply to online publications of the said paragraph, which are made available to the public or transmitted after the coming into force of this Law.

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS(Law No.40, May 21, 2014) [excerpts]:

(Day of coming into force)
Article 1.This Law shall come into force as from the day specified by Cabinet Order within a period not exceeding three months from the day of its promulgation. [The rest is omitted.] (Day specified by Cabinet Order: August 18, 2014)

APPENDED TABLE 1 (Re: Art.24)
NAME LEGAL BASIS
Okinawa Development Finance Corporation Okinawa Development Finance Corporation Law (Law No.31 of 1972)
Japan Bank for International Cooperation Japan Bank for International Cooperation Law (Law No.39 of 2011)
Japan Finance Corporation Japan Finance Corporation Law (Law No.57 of 2007)
Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation Law (Law No.94 of 2011)
Bank of Japan Bank of Japan Law (Law No.89 of 1997)
Japan Legal Support Center Comprehensive Legal Support Law (Law No.74 of 2004)
Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan Law (Law No.48 of 1997)
Japan Racing Association Japan Racing Association Law (Law No.205 of 1954)
Japan Pension Service Japan Pension Service Law (Law No.109 of 2007)
Agricultural and Fishery Corporation Savings Insurance Agricultural and Fishery Corporation Savings Insurance Law (Law No.53 of 1973)
Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan Deposit Insurance Law (Law No.34 of 1971)

APPENDED TABLE 2 (Re: Art.24-2)
NAME LEGAL BASIS
National Association of Racing Horse Racing Law (Law No.158 of 1948)
Japan Finance Organization for Municipalities Japan Finance Organization for Municipalities Law (Law No.64 of 2007)
Japan Sewage Works Agency Japan Sewage Works Agency Law (Law No.41 of 1972)

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