Japs Don't Read Fiction.
The literary taste of the Japanese is significantly shown in the report of the librarian of the Imperial Library at Tokio For fiction there is no demand, a curious contrast to the experience of our libraries. While 12,486 works relating to theology and religion, or only 1.6 per cent, of the total number of books in the library, weie as Iced for, according to the records of the past year, there were demanded by readers, 168,279 volumes, or 21.6 per cent, classified under the head of mathematics, science and
medicine. Works on literature and language to the number of 152,711—that is, 20 per cent.— —were asked for, while 18 per cent of the applicants wore for books on history and geography. Works of art, industries', engineering, military and naval sciencß figure prominently on the list of additions made in recent yearß to the shelves of the Imperial library.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6621, 14 July 1905
Japs Don't Read Fiction. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6621, 14 July 1905
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