There are three methods available for using the BCCWJ - the online tools "Shonagon" and "Chuunagon", and a Paid edition. At this time "Shonagon" can be used without a subscription. "Chuunagon" and the Paid edition do currently require a subscription, so please apply following the instructions below. Please note that the Paid edition does not include the software environments required to retrieve the data.* Please be certain NOT to include the date on the user license agreement.
In order to use the Chunagon online reference tools for the Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese (BCCWJ), a subscription is required. Please subscribe using the following application procedures.
Dependent upon the details of your application, there are three different types of user license agreement.
Please reference the example application and license agreement forms when filling out the application.
Please follow these steps.
After filling out the form, we will send the pdf files of the application form licenses.
If you agree to the terms of the license agreement, please then download the corresponding CSJ application form. Please print two copies of the license agreement, and one photography of an ID. Please also use double-sided printing for the license. Both the application form and the license should be printed on A4 size paper (210mmx297mm) or US letter size paper (8.5in.x11in). Please use two staples on the left edge to staple the license (see the example PDF below as a reference).
After signing two copies of license agreements, please send them to the address found below with a copy of a document such as student or corporate ID which proves your affiliation. Those who apply for a general license should attach a copy of a passport or driver's license. Please leave the date field on the license agreement blank.
〒190-8561 Tokyo-to, Tachikawa-shi, Midori-cho 10-2
National Institute for Japanese and Linguistics
"Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese" release division
After your documents have been received by NINJAL, if usage is approved we will then mail you one copy of the license agreement including the date of the contract's start, along with an invoice. After payment is confirmed, we will ship the Paid edition which contain the "Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese".
* BCCWJ will be sent after confirmation of payment for overseas applications.