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Japanese - Guide to Using Yomidasu Rekishikan

The Yomidasu Rekishikan is a subscription database to the Yomiuri Newspaper. Please access it through the Libraries' Database page

Gendai Jinmeiroku

現代人名録 Gendai Jinmeiroku is a Who’s Who type of biographical database in contemporary Japan. It contains over 26,000 key persons who appear in 18 fields in the newspaper such as government (congressmen and congresswomen, heads of local government), art and culture, and sports. Frequently updated. 
Names you can search in either kanji, hiragana, or katakana. Western names may also be searched in romaji. 


Gendai jinmeiroku search box



Here is an example from a search I did on Donald Keene. I typed in just the katakana for his family name キーン

Keene search

From this brief screen I can see his name in katakana and hiragana. Male. Deceased. He was a Japanese literature specialist and professor at Columbia University. His main field was the arts. 

And if I click on his name I will get a full listing. 

gendai jinmeiroku detailed listing

Example 2

It is also possible to do a search by using the different categories. For example, you could look for all the literary authors who were born in Hokkaido.

gendai jinmeiroku search options