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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
October 8, 2021

DIJ researchers discuss Olympic legacy at online workshop


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 are history but two months after the closing ceremony it is far from clear what remains as their legacy: have they spread the virus or the Olympic message? Have they uplifted Japan and further aggravated Japan’s identity crisis? DIJ deputy director Barbara Holthus (“Tainted Love: Volunteering for the Pandemic Olympics”) and principal researcher Sonja Ganseforth (“From ‘No Olympics 2020’ to ‘NOlympics Anywhere’: Reflecting on the Anti-Olympic Movements in Japan before and after Tokyo 2020/1”) will share their insights into how Tokyo 2020 has transformed Japanese society at the online workshop Post-Olympics Japan: Renewal or Failure? Barbara will also be a panelist in the workshop’s closing panel discussion on “What Remains?”. Both are contributors to the DIJ’s special project on the Tokyo Olympics and the open access book publication Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics. The workshop is organized by the German Institute for Global and Area Studies, the University of Zurich, and the German Association for Social Science Research on Japan. Details and registration here