Kikuzo II Visual for Libraries is a news retrieval service from the publisher of Japan's second largest circulation newspaper, Asahi shimbun. </br><b> Access to the database is limited to 8 users shared among the consortium of currently ten (10) participating institutions. </b> </br>
Coverage includes over 8,000,000 full-text articles as of January, 2009 from 1945 to the present. Currently viewable are full-text articles from 1985 to the present, clipped images from 2005 to the present, and entire page images from 1945 to 1989. It is searchable by keyword in the full-text module from 1985 to the present and in the page image from 1945 to 1984. The page image between 1985 and 1989 is searchable only by date.