Events and Activities
Barbara Holthus in JDZB interview on Tokyo Olympics
“Japan and Tokyo are trying to reinvent themselves with the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a place of diversity, inclusion, cosmopolitanism, “coolness”, and hospitality. They will also try to present the nuclear disaster of Fukushima as “overcome”. All in all, Tokyo 2020 serves as a prism in which the hopes of a wide range of stakeholders are paired with the commercial interests of the IOC and the sponsors.”
In the current issue of jdzb echo, the newsletter of the Japanese-German Center Berlin, Barbara Holthus is interviewed on the Tokyo Olympics and the book project Japan through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics, of which she is a co-editor. Please note: the JDZB event scheduled for April 2 has been postponed.
Temporary closure of the institute
Following recommendations by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare regarding measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the DIJ has decided to close its institute temporarily (incl. library) and to cancel all public events until further notice. We ask for your kind understanding.
DIJ Senior Research Fellow awarded prestigious dissertation prize
Harald Kümmerle, senior research fellow at the DIJ since January of this year, has been selected as the recipient of the Johannes Zilkens Dissertation Prize 2020. Every year, the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) awards this prize for an outstanding dissertation from the humanities and social sciences. It is endowed with 5,000 euros.
Kümmerle has defended his dissertation on the “Institutionalization of mathematics as a science in Meiji- and Taishō-era Japan” at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in January 2019. According to the interdisciplinary jury, it “impressively bridges mathematics, Japanese Studies, and social sciences”. The work gives “important impulses for the advancement of Japanese Studies, and extending beyond this, for the understanding of the development of sites of science and the organization of knowledge transfer”.
Business and Management Environment of Technology Intensive Startups in the Far East (a collaborative research by universities in Japan, PR-China, and ROK with the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ))
Fujisawa, October 8, 2019 — IBER-Kotosaka of Keio University announced today that it will be collaborating with the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) to conduct a survey on the business and management environment of technology intensive startups in Japan.
This research project is a collaboration between not just Keio University and DIJ, but along with researchers from Korea University, Hoseo University, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, and Chongqing University
Working mums have it tough in Japan – creating Instagram-worthy, healthy lunches is one of many pressures they say they face
Barbara Holthus was interviewed for BBC on the continuing importance of mothers for providing lunch bento boxes to their children.
At this year’s ICAS 11 conference in Leiden, Netherlands, the DIJ was represented by papers given by Barbara Holthus, Hanno Jentzsch, and Nora Kottmann. The Max-Weber Foundation also featured a book table, with numerous publications by the DIJ on display.
For more on this, see this report (in German).
The DIJ travels to Leiden. The ICAS conference is held July 10 to 15 in Leiden, the Netherlands. More than 2000 scholars are expected to present their research.
The DIJ is represented through Barbara Holthus, Hanno Jentzsch and Nora Kottmann. Nora is the organizer of the panel on (No) Sex in the City, in which she and Barbara present their research. Hanno will present his paper on Governing the Man-Made Disaster – Revitalizing Local Governance in Japan’s Peripheries.
Detailed information on the breadth of the DIJ research activities and publications is available at the Max Weber Foundation exhibition table in the book exhibit hall. Please come see us there!
Looking forward to seeing many of you in Leiden!
Franz Waldenberger, Barbara Holthus, and Sonja Ganseforth appeared in an Austrian TV report on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They provided expert commentary on Japan’s Olympic legacy desires, anti-Olympic protests, and the Olympic agenda on diversity. The report was broadcast by the Austrian public TV station ORF during their flagship sports program “Sunday Sports” (in German) on June 16th.
The DIJ currently prepares a book covering a wide range of topics related to the Tokyo Olympics. Its tentative title is “Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics” and it is due to be published by Palgrave in January 2020.