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An extremely useful handbook for the trickier issues facing scholars, researchers, and students of Japan


This book is intended as a beginner’s guide to the subject of Japanese bibliography. It is designed for three kinds of users: (I) the student in some discipline of the humanities or social sciences who wishes to conduct research on Japan and make use of Japanese-language materials; (2) the student or librarian who knows no Japanese but wishes information about Japan; and (3) the student in any discipline whose special interest may have nothing in particular to do with Japan but who wishes to consult the work done in his field by Japanese scholars. [preface]

Herschel Webb was professor of Japanese history and culture at Columbia University.