Monumenta Nipponica was founded in 1938 by Sophia University, Tokyo, to provide a common platform for scholars throughout the world to present their research on Japanese culture, history, literature, and society. One of the oldest and most highly regarded English-language journals in the Asian studies field, it is known not only for articles of original scholarship and timely book reviews, but also for authoritative translations of a wide range of Japanese historical and literary sources. Previously published four times a year, since 2008 the journal has appeared semiannually, in May and November.
MN appears semiannually and is sent out to individual and institutional subscribers in some sixty countries. From Volume 60 (2005), issues are available online through Project MUSE. In addition, the complete run of back issues is available online, with a five-year moving wall, through JSTOR.