Lane Library recently received Read Japan’s 2011 donation of 100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan. Sponsored by the Nippon Foundation, 100 English books are selected by a committee of Japanese and foreign scholars, journalists etc. to cover five categories, Politics & International Relations, Economy & Business, Society & Culture, Literature and Arts, and History. This collection will be useful for students and faculty researching Japan for coursework, or just curious about Japanese culture and history.
Interestingly, the Nippon Foundation draws support for its many projects from proceeds of Japanese motorboat racing. The Foundation was established in 1962 to aid the maritime shipping industry, which was devastated by World War II. The scope of the Foundation’s work has expanded widely since then to include educational, social welfare and public health programs, both in Japan and abroad.