Q: What kind of materials can I see at the Japan Center for Asian Historical Records? Can I see materials of the Edo Period or after the Second World War?
A: The Japan Center for Asian Historical Records stores Japanese official archives on relations between Japan and neighboring Asian countries from about the time of the Meiji Restoration (1868) to the end of the Second World War (1945). It is intended to make those historical documents available and easily accessible on the Internet and promote mutual understanding among neighboring Asian nations by showing the documents.
Q: What kind of other materials will be made available in the future?
A: The Japan Center for Asian Historical Records currently provides approximately 350,000 items and 4,500,000 images of materials that are owned by the National Archives of Japan, the Diplomatic Record Office of Japan of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Institute for Defense Studies of the Ministry of Defense, and will continue to add more than 2 million images a year up to the final goal of 28.5 million images (in 2004). As for details of future materials to be made available, please refer to gCurrent state of Japanfs modern historical recordsh under gAbout materialsh of the Website.
Q: Why is the DjVu software necessary for displaying the images? Why is the PDF format not adopted?
A: The Japan Center for Asian Historical Records offers a large number of original official archives as a full-fledged digital archive on the Internet. The DjVu software is highly effective in compressing the image data and is suitable for transmitting a large quantity of image information like official archives mainly in black and white. It also has characteristics to make an enlarged image of small characters still legible without getting blurred. We have adopted DjVu for a technical reason that transmission of a large quantity of image files gives an excessive load on the transmission circuit.
Q: I have a problem in downloading the DjVu software. What can I do?
A: You can download the software free of charge from the DjVu plug-in icon at the top page of the Website ( Please refer to the page of download DjVu Plug-in) . In addition, the Center provides an image display software in the gJPEG formath for a user who cannot download the DjVu software for some reason.
Q: How long will gthe Special Exhibition of Russo-Japanese Warh be held? Is there any plan to keep the materials for display after the Special Exhibition is over?
A: The current schedule (in 2004) for the Special Exhibition of gNational Archives on the Russo-Japanese Warh is planned for six months, and we will add to the photographs and official document images to meet your expectation during the period. Furthermore, we plan to include the materials of the Special Exhibition in the permanent exhibition of the Website after the Special Exhibition is finished.