Recently I was looking into what SPARC Japan http://www.nii.ac.jp/sparc/ has been doing recently as part of the global effort, SPARC, to address imbalances in the scholarly communication system and provide better access to research results. Progress is continuing at an impressive level!
What does this mean for researchers? Be sure to do an online search in the Japanese WWW when you are looking for scholarly articles before making an inter-library loan request! Sometimes (not always….) you can find the article online.