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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

German Institute for Japanese Studies

Research focused on modern Japan, in global and regional perspectives. Located in one of the important economic and political hubs of East Asia, Tokyo.

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Events and Activities


Stellenangebot Mitarbeiterin / Mitarbeiter Sekretariat

Das Deutsche Institut für Japanstudien (DIJ) sucht eine Mitarbeiterin / einen Mitarbeiter (w/m/d) für Aufgaben im Sekretariat

Die mit der Stelle verbundenen Aufgaben umfassen insbesondere

• interne und externe Kommunikation,
• Dokumentation und Berichtswesen,
• Unterstützung bei der Planung und Durchführung von Veranstaltungen,
• sonstige organisatorische Unterstützung.

Von der Bewerberin / dem Bewerber wird erwartet, dass sie / er über eine hohe Motivation, sehr gute Arbeitsorganisation sowie ausgeprägte Teamfähigkeit verfügt. Die Ausübung der Tätigkeit erfordert muttersprachliche Kenntnisse der deutschen Sprache sowie sehr gute Kenntnisse der englischen und japanischen Sprache. Berufserfahrung im Sekretariatsbereich, vorzugsweise in wissenschaftsnahen Einrichtungen, wird vorausgesetzt.

Bewerbungen sind bis 15. August 2021 einzureichen.

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July 8, 2021

Summer issue of DIJ Newsletter published

© DIJ Tokyo

We have just published the summer issue of our DIJ Newsletter featuring updates on our research, publications, and outreach activities. In this issue you will find a selection of our recent and forthcoming activities, including a panel discussion on the Tokyo Olympics in cooperation with the Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB); a Web-Forum series on Digital Transformation; new book publications by Susanne Brucksch, Barbara Geilhorn, Sonja Ganseforth, and our alumnus Hanno Jentzsch; a profile of our new staff member Gernot Mair; a new edition of our Catchword series; and much more. We hope you will enjoy exploring this new edition of the DIJ Newsletter. If you haven’t done so yet, you can subscribe to receive it directly to your inbox. The full issue and subscription form are available here.

June 20, 2021

New Edited Volume on Health and Technology

© Palgrave Macmillan

The new book publication Humans and Devices in Medical Contexts. Case Studies from Japan explores the ways in which socio-technical settings in medical contexts are articulated in Japan. It consists of a detailed theory chapter and nine case studies on topics concerning: experiences with radiation in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukushima; patient security, end-of-life and high-tech medicine in hospitals; innovation and diffusion of medical technology; and the engineering and evaluating of novel devices in clinical trials. The individual chapters situate humans and devices in medical settings in their given semantic, pragmatic, institutional and historical context. A highly interdisciplinary approach offers deep insights beyond the manifold findings of each case study, thereby enriching academic discussions on socio-technical settings in medical contexts amongst affiliated disciplines. The book is edited by DIJ researcher Susanne Brucksch and Kaori Sasaki (Sapporo Medical University). Details

Event Series
July 21, 2021

Next DIJ Method Talk on surveys in Japan

© Daiki Hiramori & Saori Kamano

In recent years, issues involving sexual and gender minorities have increasingly attracted attention in Japan. Addressing the lack of data to understand social inequality based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), Daiki Hiramori and Saori Kamano developed questions to measure SOGI on population-based surveys under the research project “Demography of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Building a Foundation for Research in Japan.” In their talk, they will report the results of a population-based survey and present findings from their preparatory studies and an experimental web survey. The speakers will conclude their talk by discussing two approaches to population sexuality to explore the possibility of a queer demography. Details and registration here

Daiki Hiramori, University of Washington, Seattle
Saori Kamano,
National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, Tokyo

Event Series
September 7, 2021

DIJ lecture on the making of transnational spaces in Tokyo

© Sakura Yamamura

Conceiving mobile corporate professionals as part of the growing transnational migrant population is a rather novel turn in migration research. Likewise, research on their families – including their trailing spouses and third culture kids – is an emerging field. Based on interviews with 43 male transnational corporate professionals in Tokyo, this lecture paper presents their take on the effects that their marrying and starting a family had on their socio-spatial patterns within the urban space. This session of the DIJ Social Science Study Group is part of the DIJ Gender and Sexuality in East Asia Lecture Series. Details and registration here

Sakura Yamamura, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

July 9, 2021

Keynote talk by Susanne Brucksch at Robotics Conference

Screenshot © ARSO

DIJ Principal Researcher Susanne Brucksch will be one of four keynote speakers at the 17th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts (ARSO 2021). In her keynote on Friday, July 9, Susanne will reflect on how the relationship between humans and devices in medical contexts can be specified when the sociocultural dimension of a particular locale is included. For instance, the study of the social context provides manifold insights on knowledge production, research and development processes, user contexts, and the institutional background of the making and application of medical devices. Examples from the research literature and case studies will illustrate these intersections. Her talk draws on her recently published co-edited volume Humans and Machines in Medical Contexts in Japan and her book chapter “Robotic Care Devices: Aktuelle Entwicklungen in der Pflegerobotik in Japan” in Genese und Folgen der Pflegerobotik (in German).

June 25, 2021

Understanding ‘Self-responsibility’ in Japan – New DIJ Monograph

© Iudicium

Hostages in war zones, nuclear refugees from Fukushima, and workers in precarious conditions: all have been assigned personal responsibility for their situation by the Japanese word jikosekinin. The term – literally translated as “self-responsibility” – has become a keyword in contemporary Japanese society. But what does jikosekinin mean and how was the term established in the Japanese language? This study (in German) by Laura Blecken examines this multi-faceted concept by combining methods of conceptual history and discourse analysis with tools from the digital humanities. It traces the word back to its roots and creates a model for its different meanings through which various discourses converge. Finally, the study investigates how jikosekinin is used today by analyzing almost 40,000 blog posts. The latest volume in the DIJ Monographs Series examines the omnipresence of jikosekinin in everyday life and its role between traditional moral values and the impact of global neoliberalism. Details, including summaries of the book in English and Japanese, can be found here

June 25, 2021

Workshop ‘Technology & Society in Japan and Beyond’

Photo by Eddi Aguirre on Unsplash

Technical artefacts, technologies, and infrastructures are shaping our everyday life in manifold ways. At the same time, their development, promotion and/or rejection is influenced by cultural patterns, ethical principles, social values as well as power relations. This one-day workshop of the Research Initiative ‘Technology & Society in Japan and Beyond’ brings together scholars who share an interest in the analysis of co-construction processes of technology and society in Japan and beyond. Twelve speakers will address the themes ‘User, Visions and Technology Development’ and ‘Ethics, Health and Technology in Context’. The workshop takes place online on June 25 and is organized by Susanne Brucksch and Cosima Wagner (FU Berlin). Details and registration here

Upcoming Events

September 7, 2021
  • DIJ Gender & Sexuality Lecture Series
    18:30 ~ 20:00

    Mobile professionals and their families: The making of transnational spaces...

Temporary closure of the institute

Following recommendations by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare regarding measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the DIJ has decided to close the institute (incl. library) temporarily and to cancel or postpone all public events until further notice. We ask for your kind understanding.

Special Project:
Tokyo Olympics

“Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics”

For more information see our
→ project page.

DIJ research on 3.11

You can find an overview of recent publications and activities by the institute and its researchers on the lasting impact of 3.11 on our special page 10 Years After 3.11 – A Collection of DIJ Research on the ‘Triple Disaster’

In wenigen Stunden beginnt #Tokyo2020! Wie Japan sich mit den Spielen neuerfinden wollte, und was Geld, Kondome, Nachhaltigkeit, Hitze und vieles mehr damit zu tun haben, dem empfehle ich das kostenlose ebook "Japan Through the Lens of the ... Tokyo Olympics"

"These big dreams don't come true" says DIJ deputy director @barbGhawaii in an interview with @BBCRosAtkins in @BBCWorld's #OutsideSource about Japan's original economic and PR ambitions for #Tokyo2020. @dij_Tokyo2020 Video

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DIJ Monograph Series

Our monograph series is Open Access Open Access after a one-year embargo period. Downloads are available on our
→ monographs pages

Call for Submissions

Contemporary Japan
current issue Vol. 33, No. 1
Contemporary Japan is open year-round for rolling submissions, with accepted publications published immediately online. Please see the instructions for submission here.