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The Firm Conviction that Truth Makes Us Free

This phrase is an expression of the fundamental principles under which the National Diet Library (NDL) was established and is taken from the preamble to the National Diet Library Law: "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."

At the Hall of the Main Building, this phrase is engraved both in Japanese and Greek. The Japanese inscription is in the hand writing of Tokujiro Kanamori (1886-1959), who was the first Librarian of the NDL and also served as the minister of state in charge of Constitutional Law at the time the Constitution was enacted.

Under the firm conviction that truth makes us free, the NDL is positioned to serve the information needs of both the National Diet and the Japanese public.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Japanese page.

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