Mount Union Selected to Receive Books on Japan

March 01, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The University of Mount Union library has been selected as a recipient of several Japan-related books through The Nippon Foundation’s Read Japan “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan” book donation program.

After applying for the program, Mount Union was chosen from multiple overseas libraries to receive the books. Books were given to libraries outside of Japan in order to promote better understanding of Japanese culture.

The 100 books up for donation were selected by a committee of ten experts with extensive knowledge of Japan and cover five main topics: politics and international relations, economy and business, society and culture, literature and arts and history.

“Because of our excellent collections in non-western studies, our library already owned 49 of these titles and therefore requested the remaining 51 titles,” said Robert Garland, Director of Libraries at Mount Union. “These books will be available for the use of our students and for circulation across the OhioLINK consortium.”

The book donation program aims to supply readers with a greater understanding of contemporary Japan, stating, “We hope [the books] will make a most useful addition to your library and that many will be inspired by the information contained within their pages.”

The Nippon Foundation, founded in 1962, is a private, non-profit organization that focuses on global humanitarian activities. Japan’s largest charitable foundation, The Nippon Foundation aims to improve public health and education, alleviate poverty, eliminate hunger, help the disabled and promote maritime development.

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