National Archives of Japan

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Coordinates: 35°41′24.8″N 139°45′13.8″E / 35.690222°N 139.753833°E / 35.690222; 139.753833

The National Archives of Japan

The National Archives of Japan (独立行政法人国立公文書館, Dokuritsu Gyosei Hojin Kokuritsu Kōbunshokan), also known by the acronym NAJ, is a Japanese public institution which preserves government documents and historical records.

History[change | change source]

The National Archives Law No. 79 (1999) established NAJ's core function of preserving government documents and records.[1]

Before the creation of the National Archives, there is almost no tradition of preserving "grey-area" records, such as records which show the process which led to the formation of a specific policy.[2]

Independent Administrative Institution[change | change source]

The National Archives became an Independent Administrative Institution on April 1, 2001.[3]

Since 2005, the NAJ website has offered high-resolution images of some of its holdings, including those named as Important Cultural Properties of Japan.[4]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. National Archives of Japan (NJA), National Archives Act; retrieved 2012-5-29.
  2. Nakayama, Shigeru et al. (2001). A Social History of Science and Technology in Contemporary Japan: The Occupation Period, 1945-1952, p. 18.
  3. NAJ, Outline; retrieved 2012-5-29.
  4. NAJ, Greetings from the President; retrieved 2012-5-29.

Other websites[change | change source]