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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

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

Events
October 13, 2016

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

Our speaker, Ilse Lenz, will compare the two conservative gender welfare regimes of Germany and Japan by examining convergences and differences and discuss the main characteristics and the scale of these transformations.

“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 support of equal opportunity and diversity schemes. However, a large part of female employees are working in irregular or precarious jobs, and this trend is extending to male wage earners.”

The presentation will be followed by a comment from Glenda S. Roberts, Professor at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies of Waseda University.

Scheduled:
October 13, 2016 | 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Speakers:
Ilse Lenz, Professor emeritus at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB)
Glenda Roberts, Professor at Waseda University

Other
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)

Panelists:

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From left to right:
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

Events
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.

Events
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.

Publications

Contemporary Japan 28, No. 2

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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.

Publications

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

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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.

Current Events

Coming up next:

October 13, 2016
  • DIJ Forum
    18:30 ~ 20:00

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


September 1, 2016
  • Joint Exposition of Books
    ~ September 30, 2016

    Natsume Sōseki Centennial → finished check-red

September 15, 2016
  • Social Science Study Group
    18:30 ~ 20:00

    Disaster, Law and Justice in Japan: In the Tsunami of Debt and Lost Homes → finished check-red

September 21, 2016
  • Social Science Study Group
    18:30 ~ 20:00

    Going Global, but How? Diversity in Transnationalisation Processes of Japanese Labour Activism → finished check-red

October 13, 2016
  • DIJ Forum
    18:30 ~ 20:00

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

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