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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

Events
March 1, 2021

Joint book exhibition ’10 Years after 3.11′ in March

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Ten years have passed since the massive Great East Japan Earthquake hit Japan on March 11, 2011. To mark the anniversary, the International House of Japan Library, the library of the German Institute for Japanese Studies, and the Bibliothèque de la Maison franco-japonaise present publications related to the earthquake and its aftermath in English, German, and French. The joint book exhibition is open to the public from March 1 to 31. For further information on the exhibition please see the flyer and contact the respective library.

Events
March 5, 2021

DIJ research presentations at “Sporting Japan” conference

DIJ principal researchers Sonja Ganseforth and Torsten Weber have been invited by the Japanese Studies Program at Ateneo de Manila University to give research presentations at the 19th Annual International Conference of Japanese Studies. This year’s theme is “Sporting Japan: Manifestations of Society in Transition” and both will present papers related to their research on the Tokyo Olympics. Sonja’s paper “Spectacle and disaster – Opposition against the Tokyo 2020+1 ‘Recovery Games’” is part of the panel “Prospects of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics” (March 5, Friday, 11-13 JST). Torsten will give his paper “1940, 1964, 2020: Tokyo’s Olympic Pasts as Selective Memory, Nostalgia, and Denial” in the panel “History, Remembrance, and Representation of the Olympics” (March 5, Friday, 14-16 JST). Both papers draw on research Sonja and Torsten undertook for the DIJ’s special project on the Tokyo Olympics and the open access book publication Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics. You can register for this online conference here.

Events
December 10, 2020

DIJ Study Group on PTAs and economic regionalism in Japan and China

Photo by Marco Bianchetti

In this online session of the DIJ Business & Economics Study Group, our former PhD fellow Aya Adachi will present her research project which explores through a Comparative Political Economy perspective why Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) patterns differ in form and scope. The cases of China and Japan demonstrate the value of analyzing the role of the state and its interrelations with sub-national and market actors and spheres in PTA policy-making within two vastly different political systems. The main findings of this project show that the scope and depth of Japan’s PTAs are more consistent pronounced, while the scope of China’s PTAs are limited, with a main focus on liberalization of trade in goods. These differences have also regional and global economic governance implications: while China is promoting a supplementary and informal approach, Japan is supporting a more regulatory-based governance. Details

Speaker:
Aya Adachi, Ruhr University Bochum & University of Duisburg-Essen

Events
December 9, 2020

DIJ researchers give talks at Euraxess European Research Day

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Deputy director Barbara Holthus and Senior Research Fellow Nora Kottmann will present their latest and upcoming book publications at the European Research Day & Night “Publish and Prosper” on December 9th. The event is organized by Euraxess Japan, the EU-sponsored initiative to support and connect researchers in Japan. Barbara will present the recent DIJ publication project “Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics: an Open Access Book”. Nora’s talk “Doing Research on/in Japan: Methods and Methodologies” will introduce her forthcoming co-edited volume Studying Japan. Handbook of Research Designs, Fieldwork and Methods. Registration and programme of this online event here

Events
December 3, 2020

From New Normal to New Work? Insights from Japan and Germany

DIJ Web-Forum
Due to the corona pandemic, work organization has been subject to dramatic change, and teleworking from home offices had to be suddenly implemented to keep businesses running. Mobile working, software-based collaboration, web-based meetings and new means of performance control were installed at a large scale. Have we suddenly reached the long-discussed digital future of work? Or is this only a temporary phase, and work life will return to what it was before the pandemic? Our speakers will outline the major changes in the organization of work caused by the pandemic in Japan and Germany. They will also discuss to what extent national regulations have been obstructing, shaping or supporting respective adjustments and assess to what extent the newly introduced workstyles can be expected to last. Details
Speakers:
Andrea Hammermann, German Economic Institute
Nobuko Nagase, Ochanomizu University
Michael Johannes Pils, Taylor Wessing
Chisako Takaya, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
moderated by Franz Waldenberger, DIJ

Events
November 26, 2020

Symposium ‘Global Views of Japanese Parliamentarism’

Online Symposium (26-27 November 2020)
On November 29, 1890, the parliament of the Empire of Japan, the Imperial Diet, met for the first time marking the beginning of parliamentary government not only in Japan but also in Asia. While the recognition of Japan as a role model for successful ‘modernization’ of a non-Western society in the wake of the Russo-Japanese War has received much scholarly attention, the transnational appeal of this successful establishment of representative governance in Japan has not yet received much interest. Together with the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, the DIJ will take the occasion of this year’s 130th anniversary of the opening of the Imperial Japanese Diet as an opportunity to hold a symposium to discuss the global appeal of this first functioning constitutional government in Asia and beyond. For the programme and registration information see our event page.

Events
November 21, 2020

DIJ researchers at VSJF Sections’ Meetings

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Several DIJ researchers and alums will participate in this year’s sections’ meetings of the German Association for Social Science Research on Japan (VSJF). The sections’ meetings replace the annual conference which has been postponed to 2021 due to the Corona pandemic. Research fellow Nora Kottmann and DIJ alum Carola Hommerich are organizers of the Sociology Section (with Celia Spoden). The History Section is convened by VSJF president Anke Scherer and research fellow Torsten Weber. The Technology Section is convened by DIJ alum Cosima Wagner and research fellow Susanne Brucksch who will also give a paper (“Trend report: Digital health developments in Japan during the pandemic”) in that section. Former DIJ research fellow Harald Conrad organizes the Economy Section. The sections meet online on Saturday, 21 November, from 19.00-20.15 and 20.30-21.30 (JST). During the VSJF members’ meeting, the Contemporary Japan Best Paper Award 2020 will be presented by CJ’s Managing Editor Isaac Gagné. For the programme of all sections’ meetings see the VSJF website.

Events
November 9, 2020

Quo Vadis, Central Banks? Monetary Policy in the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond

DIJ DWIH Web-Forum
Central bank laws in the US, Japan, and Europe consider price stability as the prime goal of monetary policy. However, since the Global Financial Crisis and even more so during the present COVID-19 crisis, we have observed the implementation of unconventional monetary policy measures accompanied by an unprecedented concerted action between monetary and fiscal authorities. Are these changes only temporary or do they indicate a fundamental change in the role of central banks, their relationship with governments and the constitution of monetary policy? How does the “new normal” affect the independence of central banks? The discussions in this Web-Forum will explore monetary policy in the COVID-19 crisis and its implications for current and future central banking. Details
Speakers:
Kiyohiko G. Nishimura, former Bank of Japan Deputy Governor (2008-2013)
Katrin Assenmacher, Head of the Monetary Policy Strategy Division, ECB
Moderated by Kazuo Momma, Executive Economist, Mizuho Research Institute

Upcoming Events

March 19, 2021
  • VSJF Annual Conference 2021
    ~ March 20, 2021

    Continuity and Change 10 years after 3.11

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.


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Special Project:
Tokyo Olympics

“Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics”

For more information see our
→ project page.

Conference Announcement

Interdisciplinary Conference “Climate Change, Energy, and Sustainability in the Pacific Region. Knowledge, Policies, and Transfers (1970s – Present)”, online, 19-20 April 2021

See details on our → conference page.

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. 32, No. 2
Contemporary Japan is open year-round for rolling submissions, with accepted publications published immediately online. Please see the instructions for submission here.