About This Digital Archive

The Center for Northeast Asian Studies established the Digital Archive of Northeast Asian Studies (DANA) in 2021. It contains digital content related to Northeast Asia, including manuscripts, documents, photographs, video, datasets, and much more. Academia traditionally emphasizes the publication of research results in journals or books as being key for knowledge exchange. A minority of researchers have devoted their energies into making independent databases available to the general public. Their initiatives benefit from the proliferation of digital technologies that allows for an increase in the exchange, forms, and provision of information over the past decade. Eclectic research materials and related information, some of which were previously unpublished due to technical reasons, have become relatively easier to share among various stakeholders. New media also create opportunities to widen area studies by offering new ways of attracting and integrating researchers from different backgrounds. To this effect, DANA has been conceived to provide, salvage, preserve, access, and reuse any kind of material and information that may contribute to Northeast Asian Studies. It will potentially link to other related digital achieves and heritages within and outside Tohoku University. We believe that DANA will become a collaborative space/tool for citizens, researchers, students, and policymakers interested in Northeast Asia. (March 31, 2021)


The Center for Northeast Asian Studies (CNEAS) is the largest university-based research institute in its field in Japan. Based at Tohoku University, Japan’s third oldest imperial university, CNEAS was founded in 1996 as an independent institution devoted to the area study of Northeast Asia which includes China, Korea, Japan, and Mongolia, as well as Siberia and the Far East of Russia. The aim of CNEAS is to take the initiative in international, cross-cutting area studies and produce unique research methodologies. Faculty specializing in the humanities, social sciences, natural science and engineering work together to form joint, collaborative research projects.