Asahi Kikuzou II visual 朝日聞蔵IIビジュアル

May 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

The Asahi Kikuzou is the online database of one of Japan’s leading newspapers Asahi Shimbun. The Asahi Kikuzou database offers full access to all national and most regional publications of the Asahi Shimbun since its inauguration. Aside from newspaper articles, the database contains a popular wordbook, a person database and a historical photo archive.

After pressing the big green button saying “Enter (SSL)” you are taken to the main screen with five different tabs. They give access to the following sources:

Through this database the user can search for all articles published in the national edition from 1984 onwards. The local editions of the Asahi Shimbun were added district by district to the digital archive from 1998. At the present stage, with the exception of Okinawa, all important local publications of all prefectures are included in the database.

The newspaper launched by Asahi in 1988, AERA, and the weekly publications of the Asahi Shimbun which started in 2000 are also open access available. It is possible to search just within either one of these publications.

The Asahi Shimbun Reduced-size facsimile Edition offers access to old publications from three eras: Meiji, Taisho, and Showa (pre and post WWII). This searchable database offers editions over a period of 110 years from the inaugural issue of 1879 to 1989. The user can search on the date of issue, headlines, keywords, personal names, place names and event names by category. Images of the original newspapers can be downloaded as PDF.

知恵蔵 [Chiezo]
Chiezo is a database containing both standard and ‘new’ words and terminology as they appear in newspapers. This database is updated frequently.

人物データベース [Who’s Who] 
The so called ‘who’s who?’ database of Asahi contains the names and descriptions of well-known scholars, politicians, journalists and others who made the newspaper. A good place to start when doing a background check on specific people.

The historical photo archive of the Asahi Shimbun contains photos of immense historical value ranging from the Manchurian incident to after the end of the war. As well as battlefield photographs, a great many shots display a citizen’s daily life.


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