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Lectures, discussions and events at or organised by the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo
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The Mountains Belong to Everybody? Conflicts about Recreational Forest Use in Austria and Japan

Recreational outdoor sports, such as hiking, mountain biking, and trail running are enjoying increased popularity in Japan and worldwide. Proponents argue that these activities contribute to physical and mental health on the one hand and bring about ec...

Protecting Children in Family Separation

As Japan has the sole custody system after divorce, there are a number of parental disputes over child custody and visitation or access nowadays. Currently, only 1/3 of children with divorced parents can have access to their non-custodial parent, and o...
Yuko Nishitani, Kyoto University / Noriko Odagiri, Tokyo International University author

Labour Market Liberalisation after the Lehman Crisis: Comparing France, Germany and Japan

10 years after the collapse of the investment firm Lehman Brothers, a shift in discourses on structural labour market reforms is becoming ever more visible. Whereas before the crash many experts and policymakers had argued that market-oriented reforms ...
Bruno Amable, University of Geneva / Paul Marx, University of Duisburg-Essen / Mari Miura, Sophia University in Tokyo author

30 Years DIJ Keynote Speech: "The Future of Society in the context of Technological Change"

Heinz Riesenhuber speaks about technology and Japan at DIJ's 30th anniversary event.
Heinz Riesenhuber author

Tokyo 2020 and Beyond: Legacies from Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games

Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the greatest media spectacle of modernity, Tokyo will be at the center of the world’s attention in summer 2020. The nearly universal reach via television and internet broadcast provides the IOC with multi-billi...
Munehiko Harada, Waseda University / John D. Horne, Waseda University / Wolfram Manzenreiter, University of Vienna author

The Politics of Subnational Spaces in Japan and China

Social scientists are frequently concerned with the “local”. However, the social and spatial boundaries of the “local” are often elusive, and subject to change. This is particularly true in Japan, where local administrative boundaries were abruptly red...
Carolyn Cartier, University of Technology, Sydney / Franz Waldenberger, German Institute for Japanese Studies author

Kōmeitō and Sōka Gakkai’s Transforming Relationship: How Changes in Politics and Religion Affect Japan Today

Going by statistical measures, Japan is reportedly one of the least religious countries in the world. It is thus striking to observe the seemingly disproportionate impact of religious organizations on Japanese elections, legislation, and policymaking. ...
Asayama Taichi, Ritsumeikan University / Axel Klein, University Duisburg-Essen / Levi McLaughlin author

Destiny: The Secret Operations of the Yodogō Exiles

In 1970, nine members of a Japanese New Left group called the Red Army Faction hijacked a domestic airliner to North Korea with dreams of acquiring military training in order to bring about a revolution in Japan. The North Korean government accepted th...
Patricia G. Steinhoff, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa / Scott North, Osaka University author

Destiny: The Secret Operations of the Yodogō Exiles

In 1970, nine members of a Japanese New Left group called the Red Army Faction hijacked a domestic airliner to North Korea with dreams of acquiring military training in order to bring about a revolution in Japan. The North Korean government accepted th...
Patricia G. Steinhoff, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa / Scott North, Osaka University author

space AGE space - Elderly Care in a Digitally Connected World

A central part of Society 5.0 – Japan’s vision of fully digitally connected future – focuses on how connectivity, big data and AI can contribute to solve Japan’s pressing problems in the field of elderly care. Prof. Thomas Bock, a leading German engine...
Thomas Bock, Technical University of Munich / Shuichi Matsumura, The University of Tokyo author

From Flexible Rigidities to Embracing Diversity? - Work-Related Diversity and its Implications in Japan and Beyond

Are we about to witness fundamental changes to established work practices or just the addition of ‘non-standard’ options to a fundamentally outdated system? – Observers of recent work-related regulations of the Japanese government are divided on whethe...
Andrea Dorothea Bührmann, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen / Mieko Takenobu, Wako University, Tokyo author

Japan votes (again): A review of the Lower House election 2017

On October 22 Japan is heading to the polls for the third time in 5 years. The 2017 snap election has given candidates and parties little time to prepare and has made it difficult for observers to predict results as Japan’s party system seems once agai...
Koichi Nakano, Sophia University / Chris Winkler, Hokkaido University author

Changing dynamics of multilevel democracy in Japan

Since the 1990s, local democracy and representation in Japan have been changing. Political reforms at the national level, decentralization, reduced clientelism, and broader socio-economic challenges such as depopulation have transformed the roles of lo...
Ken Victor Leonard Hijino, Kyoto University / Yamada Kyohei, Rikkyo University author

The Status of Japanese Career Women in their Professional and Private Life

Not that long ago, the term “Japanese career women” almost had been a contradiction in itself. Times have changed and Japanese women pursuing a career is a much talked about topic in politics (“womenomics”) and the media. But has the situation really c...
Markus Pudelko, The University of Tübingen / Noelle Takahashi, Women's Leadership Advocate author

Victimhood Nationalism in the Transnational Memory Space

‘Victimhood nationalism’ is a working hypothesis to explicate competing national memories over the historical position of victims in coming to terms with the past. The hereditary memory of victimhood consolidates the national solidarity beyond generati...
Jie-Hyun Lim, Sogang University Seoul / Andrew Horvat, Josai International University author

Changing Gender Orders and Diversity in Comparative Perspective: Growing Flexibility of Work and Life Strategies

In most postindustrial societies, we presently experience a transformation from a gender order based on difference to a more flexible one. In the sphere of production, we witness a highly increased women’s labor market participation, based on the suppo...
Ilse Lenz, Professor emeritus at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) Glenda Roberts, Professor at Waseda University author

Diversity and Inclusion in the Japanese Workplace

In his presentation Tomoki Sekiguchi will report on a growing number of Japanese firms that are hiring non-Japanese employees in their domestic workplace in order to promote uchi-naru kokusaika or internal internationalisation of management. One major ...
Tomoki Sekiguchi, Osaka University, Comments by Sierk Horn, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Hendrik Meyer-Ohle, National University of Singapore author

Five Things You'd Want to Know in Explaining Japan's Surrender in 1945

To most Americans, it is perfectly obvious that the two atomic bombs ended World War II. Yet at least four other developments helped persuade Japanese leaders to surrender. The Soviet Union’s entry into the war against Japan on August 8 may have been m...
Sheldon Garon, Princeton University / Yukiko Koshiro, Nihon University author

Health Care in Japan: How Sustainable is the System?

On its surface, Japan’s health system appears to be one of the world’s best. The country provides universal access to health care and scores well on most public health metrics. For example, the Japanese have the longest life expectancy and among the lo...
Ludwig Kanzler, Hanegi Solutions / Kenji Shibuya, The University of Tokyo author

Meeting the Challenge of Globalization – Comparing Korean and Japanese Global Human Resource Management

Japan and South Korea are home to numerous multinational firms, particularly in highly globalized manufacturing industries such as automobiles and electronics. Both countries also have distinct business cultures and management systems which arguably le...
Martin Hemmert, Korea University / Hitoshi Yamanishi, Nomura Group author

Atomenergie – warum hört Deutschland auf, warum macht Japan weiter? 原子力 – なぜドイツは止めるか、なぜ日本は続けるか

Deutschland und Japan wurden nach ihrer Niederlage im Zweiten Weltkrieg zwar keine Atommächte, konnten auf dem Gebiet der Atomenergie aber dennoch eine führende Rolle übernehmen. Während Deutschland nun allerdings den Atomausstieg beschlossen hat, hält...
Prof. em. Dr. Joachim Radkau, Prof. Hitoshi Yoshioka author

Creating a Society in which all Women Shine? The Politics behind the Policies for the Advancement of Women

Contrary to widespread skepticism, the Abe government announced new policies for the advancement of women in society and is seemingly committed to promote and implement these policies. Yet, despite this impressive rhetorical commitment, many questions ...
Haniwa Natori, President of BPW Japan; former Director of the Cabinet Office Gender Equality Bureau / Yuki Tsuji, Associate Professor, Tokai University author

Trust and Risks in Changing Societies

Japan and Germany, just as other European and Asian societies, are undergoing rapid social, economic and cultural changes. These include demographic changes, economic and political instability, the erosion of traditional institutions, changes in commun...
Toshio Yamagishi, Hitotsubashi University/Hokkaido University Jens Zinn, University of Melbourne author

福島原発事故の真実 [The truth about the Fukushima nuclear disaster]

Naoto Kan had to cope with the Fukushima nuclear accident during his term as Prime Minister of Japan. What did really happen during and after this unprecedented disaster in Japan’s post-war history? After his resignation as Prime Minister, Naoto Kan ha...
Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister of Japan author

Transforming Japan Into an Energy Rich Country - What Needs to be Done?

After the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the consequent shutdown of all nuclear reactors, Japan has been forced to re-consider its energy and climate policy speeding up the expansion of renewable energy and granting it a larger share in its future ener...
Tomas Kåberger, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation, Chair of Executive Board / Comment by Yasuyo Yamazaki, Kuni Umi Asset Management author

Risk and Opportunity – Japan Confronting Uncertain Futures

In his inaugural lecture, Franz Waldenberger, the newly appointed Director of DIJ, outlined the research program that the institute will pursue over the coming years (see also Welcoming words were delivered by Dr. Hans Carl...
Franz Waldenberger author

Strengths and weaknesses of national research and innovation systems – comparing Germany and Japan

Research and innovation are of vital importance to the competitiveness and welfare of leading industrial economies such as Japan and Germany. How do the two countries perform in this respect? The two speakers, both outstanding scholars and experts in t...
Tateo Arimoto, Professor, GRIPS and JST, Dietmar Harhoff, Professor, MPI for Innovation and Competition and EFI author

Time and Culture

On the occasion of completing his tenure as director of the DIJ after ten years, Florian Coulmas gave a lecture entitled, ‘About Time. Globalization, Chronoethnology, and Japanese Culture.’ He argues that conceptions of time, time regimes and temporal ...
Florian Coulmas author

Three Myths about the Japanese Red Army: What you Think you Know is Probably Wrong!

Public understandings about the Japanese Red Army (Nihon Sekigun) are based largely on information promulgated by the Japanese government and circulated widely by mass media during the nearly three decades that its members were beyond reach in the Midd...
Patricia G. Steinhoff, Professor University of Hawaii author

Opportunities and Constrains for Japanese Women Pursuing a Career: Between Self-fulfilment and Frustration

This study on Japanese women’s current career opportunities finds traditional Japanese gender roles to be mostly still in place, rendering it highly difficult for Japanese women to pursue a career in domestic organizations. It is suggested that Japanes...
Markus Pudelko, Professor, University of Tübingen author

Citizen Radiation Measurement Stations after 3.11: Food Safety Knowledge Gaps and the Problem of “Citizen” in Citizen Science

The primary pathways through which environmentally persistent radioactive substances enter people’s bodies is food. After 3.11 Japanese authorities and scientists were unable to provide clear guidelines on possible effects of internal radiation. They t...
Aya H. Kimura, Professor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa author

Knowing one's Enemy: Japan's Korean Community, and Those Who Hate Them

The recent upsurge in concern about hate speech has largely focused on a relatively new right-wing group, the Zaitokukai, short for ‘Zainichi Tokken o Yurusanai Shimin no Kai’, meaning ‘the Citizen’s Association that rejects special privileges for Japa...
Tom Gill, Professor, Meiji Gakuin University author

Language, Security and Freedom in Okinawa

This presentation is about language choice in Okinawa. Three languages are at issue, Ryukyuan, Japanese, and English. The Japanese language spread campaign in the Ryukyus from 1880 onwards entailed restrictions to the freedom of language choices and lo...
Patrick Heinrich, Professor, Dokkyo University author

Public Happiness in Japan

Could contemporary urban Japan provide a living example of the 18th Century Italian notion of public happiness? The question is by no means far-fetched. Daily life in Japan is rich in examples of “public happiness,” as I’ll show through a number of ane...
Andrew Sutter, Professor, Rikkyo University author

Research-oriented Start-ups in Japan: What they are and what they do

Entrepreneurship is regarded as an important factor for innovation and economic growth. However, Japan has been characterized by the lowest level of entrepreneurship activity among the OECD countries for more than 20 years. Since the 1990s, the governm...
Hiroyuki Okamuro, Professor, Hitotsubashi University author

Prisoners of war from Tsingtao during the First World War: A Comparative Perspective

The historiography of the First World War has over the last few years quickly shifted beyond the confines of the fields of Flanders and the Somme. The ripples from the seismic change that the First World War enacted were instantly felt in countries ...
Mahon Murphy, London School of Economics and Political Science author

The Rise of Ikumen (child caring fathers) in Contemporary Japan

The Japanese word, Ikumen which originated from Ikemen (handsome men) refers to those “cool” fathers who are actively involved in caring for their own children. This word has become well-known among the Japanese public as evidenced by it being nomina...
Masako Ishii-Kuntz, Professor, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo author

Is Japan a Lead Market for Age-Based Innovations?

Many developed countries including Japan are undergoing comprehensive demographic change, marked by a growing share of elderly people. Product and service innovation can play a role in coping with the resulting societal challenges, especially when t...
Cornelius Herstatt, Professor, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) author

What's Wrong With Japan? ...It's the Politics!

Japan today faces many enormous challenges. These include a huge public debt larger than that of Greece, Italy, or the U.S.; the clean up of the triple disasters in March 2011; and with opposition to nuclear power mounting, an increasing energy crisis....
Ellis Krauss, Professor, University of California San Diego author

Training Women for Disasters: Gender, "Crisis Management (Kiki Kanri)" and Post-Fukushima Nationalism in Japan

Following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, Japan has witnessed a proliferation of discourses where people are enticed by the notion, “Rise up, Japan,” to participate in national recovery and reconstruction. In it, women are mobilized as chief p...
Mire Koikari, Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa,Women's Studies author

The Cost of NIMBY: Policy Images, Foreign Blueprints and Civil Society’s Assault on Japan’s Post-Fukushima Energy Policy

The political uncertainty of Japan’s post-Fukushima energy policy should not be surprising given the country’s energy constraints. Japan, an economic powerhouse operating within a geographically constrained landmass with virtually no independent energy...
Paul J. Scalise, The University of Tokyo author

Social Capital in Post-Disaster Recovery

This lecture puts the Great East Japan Earthquake into perspective by analysing it in the context of other major disasters. Using micro- and neighborhood-level data from four disasters in three nations over the 20th and 21st centuries, this talk wil...
Daniel Aldrich, Professor, Purdue University author

Welfare States and the Redistribution of Happiness

This lecture highlights recent developments in international and comparative happiness, with particular focus on work, marriage and family in Japan. Our empirical study uses large-scale international data set to examine the determinants of happiness in...
Hiroshi Ono, Professor, Texas A&M University author

Who Will Care for Me When I'm Dead? Ancestors, Homeless Spirits, and New Afterlives in Low Fertility Japan

A growing number of older persons in Japan today lack reliable future caretakers of their family grave. By performing numerous memorial rites and maintaining their family grave, the bereaved typically transform the family dead into benevolent ancestors...
Satsuki Kawano, Professor, University of Guelph author

Sustainable Development, Frontier of Business, and its Application to Tohoku

We have been witnessing new trends of business activities. One of them is involving those who are lacking resources. The best example is poverty-reducing business (base of the pyramid = BOP) in developing countries. In the past, businesses involving th...
Yoshitaka Okada, Sophia University, Faculty of Liberal Arts author

The Truth About Mothers

How are women around the world coping with, learning about and sharing information they need or encounter to become ideal mothers? Would you believe 50 percent of them say they would rather give up their engagement ring than their mobile or PC connecti...
Dave McCaughan, Director of Truth Central, McCann Worldgroup author

Why America Spends While Japan and Europe Save

If the 2008 financial crisis has taught us anything, it is that Americans save too little, spend too much, and borrow excessively. How did Americans come to be such miserable savers, and what might they learn from Japan and European countries which hav...
Sheldon Garon, Princeton University, East Asian Studies author

Happiness: The View from Economics

Based on recent research on happiness undertaken by psychologists and economists, several countries such as France and the United Kingdom have made the happiness of the population a major policy goal, thus following the lead of the Kingdom of Bhutan wh...
Bruno Frey, Professor, University of Zurich, Department of Economics author

Happiness in Japan before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake

This paper presents the results of a panel survey (N=10744) that examines how the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011 has affected the happiness of young people in Japan outside of the afflicted area. Our dataset consists of Japanese in their 20s...
Yukiko Uchida, Professor, Kyoto University, Kokoro Research Center author

The Japanese Economy one Year after Fukushima

On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by the most severe natural and nuclear disaster in its history. How does the triple catastrophe bear on the Japanese economy today? The presentation will consider the economic recovery and look at the present situation ...
Franz Waldenberger, Professor, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich author