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Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington Seattle
National Diet Library , Japanese Kokuritsu Kokkai Toshokan , the national library of Japan , formed at Tokyo in and combining the libraries of the upper and lower houses of the Diet national legislature with the collections of the former Imperial Library established It is organized on the system of the U. Library of Congress, serving legislators and the nation at large through various major divisions and 35 branch libraries. The main collection contains more than six million volumes.
The library is similar in purpose and scope to the United States Library of Congress. The National Diet Library is the successor of three separate libraries: the library of the House of Peers , the library of the House of Representatives , both of which were established at the creation of Japan's Imperial Diet in ; and the Imperial Library , which had been established in under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education. The Diet's power in prewar Japan was limited, and its need for information was "correspondingly small". The original Diet libraries "never developed either the collections or the services which might have made them vital adjuncts of genuinely responsible legislative activity". Until Japan's defeat, moreover, the executive had controlled all political documents, depriving the people and the Diet of access to vital information.
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