The NLC puts efforts on establishing digitalization service platform of archives of Japan's investigation on China


On 15 November, the opening meeting of "Collation and Digitalization of Archives of Japan's Investigation on China", an anti-Japanese war research special project supported by National Social Science Fund, was held in the National Library of China (NLC), which will establish "Archives of Japan's Investigation on China Database", offering new historical data collation achievements for anti-Japanese war research. The launching ceremony of Series of East Asia Tongwen Academy's Investigation Manuscripts on China was held at the same time, which was the first achievement of this project. More than 30 people attended the conference, including principals of the NLC, National Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science, the Second Historical Archives of China, and other institutions, and experts on modern history, Sino-Japanese relations, anti-Japanese war research.


In modern times, in order to invade China, Japan continuously sent people to penetrate all over China and survey China's national conditions. These investigation archives consisted of 5 parts, i.e. investigation on government, investigation on military, investigation on non-governmental organizations, investigation on enterprises and investigation on individuals, which provided sufficient materials for Japanese invasion on China in terms of economics, culture and military.

In order to strengthen the collation, research and utilization of archives of Japan's investigation on China, serve the nation's domestic and foreign affairs, and anti-Japanese war research, the NLC applied for this project. According to the project planning, the NLC will establish a digitalization service platform of "Archives of Japan's Investigation on China", which collates and digitalizes archives of Japan's investigation on China collected in the NLC, collects, collates and digitalizes related materials collected in other documents collection institutions, and then establishes a featured database.

In 2016, among the anti-Japanese war research special projects supported by National Social Science Fund, the NLC hosted or took part in five projects. As the leading institution, the NLC was responsible for two projects, i.e. "Collation and Digitalization of Archives of Japan's Investigation on China" and "The Collection, Collation and Database Construction of Japanese War Criminals Trial Documents". These projects had been included into the 13th Five-Year Plan Outline of Minguo Documents Preservation and Conservation Programme.

Series of East Asia Tongwen Academy's Investigation Manuscripts on China (200 volumes) were published in the National Library of China Publishing House on the same day. As the first achievement of this project, Series of East Asia Tongwen Academy's Investigation Manuscripts on China provided more detailed materials and convenient access manners for doing research on Sino-Japanese relations in modern times, and played important practical significances for promoting and deepening anti-Japanese war research.




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