New site to provide broad international access to Japan's cultural archives

by News Desk

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Japan government plans to set up a portal site for people around the world to comprehensively search for information about books, videos, artworks and other items held by universities and private businesses, according to sources.

 The aim of the project is to enhance the nation’s capacity to convey information related to Japanese culture to people overseas. It also aims to promote the effective use of ancient documents and records for research and creating maps for disaster management purposes.

 The website, which will be called “Japan Search,” is expected to launch in 2020, the sources said.

 The government intends to provide financial support to the owners of facilities that store digital archives containing basic information on books, videos and other materials. The government aims to enable users of the site to comprehensively search for information across multiple facilities.

 The site will be operated by the National Diet Library and made available in English and other languages so it can be used by people overseas.

 The project was included in the Intellectual Property Promotion Plan compiled on Tuesday by the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

 The Liberal Democratic Party also launched on Thursday a lawmakers caucus to promote the digitization of such works.