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Greetings from the Director General

Greetings

Mr. Yoshinaga

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued support and cooperation.

The National Diet Library, Japan, is both the sole national library of Japan as well as the parliamentary library for Japan's National Diet. As such, we play several key roles, including supporting the legislative activities of Diet members, acquiring and preserving library materials and other forms of information from both domestic and foreign sources, and providing the general public with ready access to the materials we collect.

Our new vision statement—National Diet Library, Vision 2021–2025: The Digital Shift at the National Diet Library—was announced in response to the tremendous change caused by the advancing digitalization of society. And in accordance with this vision, we are promoting a wide variety of projects, including the digitization of library materials. Thanks to your support and cooperation, our engagement made great progress, especially in the beginning of FY 2022.

First, on May 19, we started a Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Individuals as a means of making digitized versions of out-of-print or otherwise difficult-to-obtain materials available via the Internet to the general public living in Japan. Please see our web page introducing how to use the service.

Second, we have expanded the range of online materials (digital books and magazines) published in Japan by the private sector that we collect. Until now, we were limited to collecting free online materials without digital rights management (DRM). A partial revision, however, of the National Diet Library Law has made it possible for us to expand the range of materials that we collect to include those that are available for a fee and other online materials irrespective of DRM. Expanded collection will start in January 2023. We will cooperate with private publishers to ensure online materials remain available to future generations.

The advance of digital technology means that the nature of information resources is constantly changing, but we will continue to make every effort to fulfill our mission based on our founding philosophy that truth makes us free.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

July 2022

YOSHINAGA Motonobu
Director General of the National Diet Library

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