About the Japanese Studies Collections at The Ohio State University.
The Japanese Studies Collections comprise resources supporting research in various fields of the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences, as well as the professional fields. Recent activity has focused on establishing access to Japanese language newspapers and databases, but printed books and journals continue to be collected.
Special areas of strength in the Japanese language collections complement interests of Ohio State’s faculty in Japanese studies: linguistics, Japanese language pedagogy, Japanese literature, Buddhism, Japanese religion and philosophy, history of Japanese art, history of science and technology in Japan. A large collection of manga complements the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum holdings and includes many old and rare examples of Japanese cartoon art. Japanese company histories are another feature of the collection, reflecting the large number of Japanese companies operating in the state of Ohio. English language materials about Japan are collected intensively as well. The Rare Books Department houses some Japan-related resources, including a complete set of the art magazine Kokka (published since the 19th century), papers of Japanese-American poet Toyo Suyemoto (who had been interned during World War II), and archival collections of two anthropologists who worked in Japan (John W Bennett and John B Cornell).