Largest collection of classic Japanese materials in Southeast Asia found
in Vietnam

A recent study led by Professor Atsuhiko Wada of the Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences found that the Institute of Social Sciences Information (ISSI), a scientific research organization under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), has approximately 11,000 volumes of Japanese materials in possession. The collection includes rare materials from the Edo and Meiji periods, and is believed to be the largest of classical Japanese materials in Southeast Asia.

All materials in the ISSI’s collection are now cataloged, laying a foundation for building a system where researchers within and outside Vietnam could access Japanese materials at ISSI in the future. Further, the catalog data will not only be available at ISSI but will also be linked to databases at Japan’s National Institute of Japanese Literature and European research institutions. This will allow researchers to grasp collections of Japanese materials spread throughout the world in a more comprehensive manner.