I became the director of this institute in May 2010.
The Sozeishiryokan was established in May 1991, and it is still the largest repository of tax-related literature and materials in Japan. The founder of this institute was the late Dr. Takeshi Iizuka (1918-2004), the first president of the TKC All Japan Society (TKC Zenkokukai). The 5,000 books which Dr. Iizuka accumulated while researching German taxation form the core of the ITRL’s library. In addition to this vast personal collection, the institute has a further 47,000 foreign books and 62,000 books in Japanese.
The first director of this institute was the late Dr. Kyoujiro Someya (1924-2000). The second director was the late Dr. Masasuke Takeda (1922-2012). The third director was the late Mr. Tomitaro Yazawa (1931-2010). These three people were such leading authorities on the subject of tax and accounting that I feel humbled to occupy the same position that they did. I shall do my best to echo their success.
As we have seen, the reason for the foundation of the ITRL is to raise awareness and improve existing knowledge of the tax system in Japan. To achieve our aims, we have three undertakings.
The first is to continue to collect and archive tax-related literature and materials, and make them available to the general public. To this end, we are constantly striving to enrich our collection with the addition of mainly new materials and literature. To aid your research, this material can be accessed in a comfortable environment.
The second aim is to encourage further research and study relating to taxation theories and accounting theories.
The third is to nurture researchers specializing in studies of taxation and accounting. In order to achieve this goal, we provide grant funding to researchers involved in long-term studies abroad and overseas research activities, and also present the ITRL award (Sozeishiryokan-shou) to celebrate distinguished books and monographs. Also notable is the encouragement prize which is given to post graduate students upon the completion of their masters theses, to encourage and promote the development of excellence in young students.
We, the directors and the staff of the ITRL, shall work hard together to realize Dr. Iizuka's vision for the ITRL.