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Information Related to the National Diet

This "Information Related to the National Diet" site aims to provide documents and information produced from the activities of the National Diet as well as documents and information intended to contribute to the legislative activities and the parliamentary oversight of government, and to play a role in connecting the people and the National Diet.

Research and Legislative Reference Bureau Publications

Here we present various research materials on national policy issues. These publications are available in PDF format and written in Japanese.

Recent Publications

"Issue Brief" (published irregularly) Issue Brief is a compact briefing paper (about 10 pages) on policy issues.
"The Reference" (monthly) The Reference is the Research and Legislative Reference Bureau's monthly magazine which contains policy and legal analysis on state affairs, historical studies, and comparative studies on domestic and foreign systems, from medium- to long-term perspective.
"Foreign Legislation" (quarterly and monthly versions) Foreign Legislation provides Japanese translations of foreign laws, explanation of the background of legislation, compact information on foreign legislative activities.
"Research Materials" (published irregularly) Research Materials series is a monograph series published irregularly and contains reports of interdisciplinary researches and the "Science and Technology Research Project".

Use

The articles in these publications have been examined officially by the Research and Legislative Reference Bureau, in terms of their usefulness for the Diet deliberations, the neutrality, objectivity and accuracy of the descriptions and the clarity of the arguments, etc.
The views and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Research and Legislative Reference Bureau (neither do they reflect those of National Diet Library nor National Diet).
When translating all or a significant part of the articles in these publications or when publishing excerpts from them, please contact us beforehand at the email address shown below, since you might be required to submit a request form by postal mail or other means. When contacting us, please provide us with the name of the publisher, the title of the publication, its price, the publication date, and the number of copies to be issued.

Databases Related to the National Diet

Databases provided on this website concerning the Diet, laws and regulations.

Full-text Database System for the Minutes of the Diet (in Japanese) Database System for the Minutes of the Imperial Diet (in Japanese) Index Database to Japanese Laws, Regulations and Bills (in Japanese) Index Database to Japanese Laws and Regulations in early Meiji Japan (in Japanese) Politics, Law and Administration (in English)
A database system providing full-text of minutes of the plenary sittings and committee meetings since the beginning of the first session of the Diet in 1947 in text data and in digital image through cooperation of the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors. Stenographic records are available for all of Sessions 1-92 (1890-1947) of the Imperial Diet. Database providing lists and information of laws, regulations and bills since 1886. Links to the texts of laws, regulations and bills posted on the governmental websites are available. For the bills, users can also refer to information on the deliberation at each stage of the legislative process from the "Full-text Database System for the Minutes of the Diet" and the "Database System for the Minutes of the Imperial Diet" linked to them. Database providing lists and information of laws and regulations since 1867 to 1886. The source of some laws are available on the "Digital Collection" or the " National Archives of Japan Digital Archive System" linked to them. Guide to Services of the Parliamentary Documents and Official Publications Room.

Legislation Information Search Functions Using the National Diet Library Search (in English)

The search targets are:

  • Websites of the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors
  • Publications by the Research and Legislative Reference Bureau, the National Diet Library
  • Databases related to the National Diet.

Inquiries

Please send opinions on "Information Related to the National Diet" to the contact address below.

Research Planning Division, Research and Legislative Reference Bureau, National Diet Library
E-mail: bureauat n d l dot g o dot j p

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