Sekai Daihyakkajiten

(Heibonsha’s World Encyclopedia)

Heibonsha Limited, Publishers

Well-balanced coverage of information across all fields, with 90,000 entries and a total 420,000 index terms.

The new Heibonsha’s World Encyclopedia, completely revised for the first time in 20 years in September 2007, features about 90,000 entries and 420,000 index terms. The encyclopedia has been continually revised since then. The contents from the most recent 6th printing are used for the JapanKnowledge edition.

The World Encyclopedia covers all areas of knowledge with well-balanced information. It is suitable for a variety of uses, from “investigative learning” for school students, to writing graduation thesis, to everyday business use. The content of each entry is so exhaustive that the volume of some important entries is equivalent to an independent book.

Shuichi Kato serves as the chief editor of a team of over 7,000 contributors. All entries carry the byline of their authors, indicating the encyclopedia’s trustworthiness bestowed by authorities in their respective fields.

With JapanKnowledge’s Advanced Search, the user can search index terms and subject filters. Furthermore, hyperlinks in the contents to The Complete Japanese Encyclopedia (Encyclopedia Nipponica) enable the user to get even more detailed knowledge.

*Some illustrations in the print edition are not included in the JapanKnowledge edition. Also not included are the “Japan Atlas,” “World Atlas” and “Encyclopedia Compendium.”

Contents information

Original books 改定新版 世界大百科事典
Publisher Heibonsha Limited, Publishers
Publication date December 1, 2014 (New revised edition, 6th printing)
Number of volumes 34 volumes (31 volumes are available on JapanKnowledge)
Book price ¥297,000 (Pre-tax price ¥270,000+tax10%)
Release date March 1, 2016
Number of entries 91,400 entries
Number of characters 65,000,000 characters
About search Advanced Search available
Frequency of update
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(March 1, 2016)