Oesterle Library recently acquired a gift from the Nippon Foundation of Japan of 57 books exploring contemporary Japan from a variety of disciplines. The Nippon Foundation is an independent, non-profit, grant making organization that was founded in 1962. It supports projects both in Japan and overseas.
Through conducting overseas activities, the Foundation has become aware that in many countries there is a lack of understanding of the true face of contemporary Japan. Thus, as a means to facilitate understanding of Japan overseas, the Foundation produced a catalogue detailing 100 carefully selected books that provide information on contemporary Japan in the English language, and began donating these books to libraries that have an interest in Japan. Oesterle Library already owned 43 of those books, and gratefully accepted the gift of the remaining 57. This guide lists all 100 books, according to discipline.