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Archives

The Archives opened in 2002 as a section within the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan. The Archives serves as the official repository for the Bank's historical records. The Archives preserves the corporate memory of the Bank of Japan by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible records of continuing value that describe the Bank's origins, policies, interests, evolution, functions, and activities.

For details, visit the web site of the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies.

The Archives Holdings

The Archives holds records created since the Bank of Japan was founded, although some important records were lost in the fires that followed the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and in the damage that occurred during World War II.

Most of the records in the Archives are written in Japanese, with some records handwritten. Those seeking to use the Archives for research will require Japanese literacy.

Archival materials are recorded in a variety of media, such as paper, microfilm, optical disk, and videotape. The majority of materials are in the form of paper or microfilm.

Contents in the web site of the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies

  1. Introduction
  2. The Archives Holdings (Catalogues)
  3. Using the Archives
  4. Research Using the Materials in the Archives
  5. Links