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German Institute for Japanese Studies

We are a German research institute based in Tokyo. Our research focuses on modern Japan in a global context.

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Events and Activities

October 1, 2016

NHK World TV “GLOBAL AGENDA” Debate: Impact of “Abenomics” and the Global Economy Whereabouts

The 100 minutes debate will be broadcasted on NHK World’s upcoming “GLOBAL AGENDA” debate program:

  • October 1 at 10:10 A.M. / 4:10 P.M. / 10:10 P.M. (JST)
  • October 2 at 4:10 A.M. (JST)

Naoyuki Shinohara
Professor at Policy Alternatives Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
Motoshige Itoh
Professor at Gakushuin University
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo

Gerald L. Curtis
Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Columbia University
Franz Waldenberger
Director, German Institute for Japanese Studies
Hiroyuki Yanagi
President, Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd

September 21, 2016

Going Global, but How? Diversity in Transnationalisation Processes of Japanese Labour Activism

Social activism is not a nation state-bound phenomenon, but globally embedded. The Japanese labour movement represents a particularly interesting case to study the relationship between global frameworks of activism and their transformative impact on domestic activism, as it displays a much broader diversity than institutionalist approaches can explain. While parts of the Japanese labour movement strongly resemble their international counterparts, others remain remarkably distinct.

To explain this diversity, I elucidate the interaction between isomorphic influences of global frameworks of labour activism and the strategic selection and adoption by different actors in the Japanese labour movement.

September 15, 2016

Disaster, Law and Justice in Japan: In the Tsunami of Debt and Lost Homes

The Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 unleashed unprecedented tremors and a devastating tsunami, damaging one million buildings and rendering 300,000 victims displaced and dispossessed. Former home-owners and businesspeople found themselves in the position of seeking loans to rebuild and invest, while being unable to pay off pre-disaster mortgages and debts.

Largely unnoticed outside of Japan, this so-called “double-loan crisis” promoted private and corporate insolvency, threatening financial institutions, jeopardising disaster recovery and entrenching social inequality. Treating issues of property insurance, debtor-creditor, social welfare, charity, financial and insolvency law, this paper examines the situation of the tsunami victims from a legal perspective.


Contemporary Japan 28, No. 2

Contemporary Japan is an international peer-reviewed journal edited by the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ) and published biannually by de Gruyter, Berlin and New York.

Contemporary Japan publishes in-depth, original work from all disciplines as they relate to present-day Japan or its recent historical development.


High-tech Start-up Ecosystems in East Asian Agglomerations: Are They Different From the West?

Start-up ecosystems within regional agglomerations have been intensively studied in Western countries, but much less in East Asia. Therefore, little is known about the specific features of East Asian start-up ecosystems.

We study the high-tech start-up ecosystems within four leading East Asian agglomerations: Tokyo, Seoul, Suzhou and Chongqing.

September 1, 2016

Managing One’s Own Death: The Shūkatsu Industry and the Enterprising Self in an Ageing Society

Japan ranks among the first in the world in terms of average life-expectancy, but its combination of high-age with a low birthrate is gradually turning it into a “society of many deaths” (tashi shakai). With the current change in family structures, the need to make arrangements for one’s own passing is felt by an ever growing number of people. Trying to cash in on this demand, the ailing funeral industry has started to urge individuals to take care of their own future grave, funeral, inheritance, elderly care and property clean-up, promoting these activities under the label “shūkatsu” (end of life activity).

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[2016/10/01] Debate: "Impact of “Abenomics” and the Global Economy Whereabouts" on NHK World TV "GLOBAL AGENDA":

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[2016/09/21] Social Science Study Group: #Diversity in #Transnationalisation Processes of Japanese #Labour Activism.

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[Upcoming - 09/15] Social Science Study Group: #Disaster, #Law and #Justice in #Japan: