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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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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.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: 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

The objective of this research will be to gain a deep understanding of the startup ecosystem in the Far East. This will be achieved through carrying out surveys in Japan, the People’s Republic of China (China), and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

This research is aided by the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Program (reg, 18k12847) by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, which is overseen the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.

The findings of this research will only be used for academic purposes. Furthermore, a non-public final report of this study (which will include survey results from China and ROK) will be provided to those who contribute to the survey.

※ Organizations that are subject to this research will receive an email shortly
※ Qualified organizations will be randomly selected
※ The first deadline for the survey response is October 31, 2019
※ All responses will be strictly anonymous, and will only be subject to be used for statistical purposes

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Below is a study that was conducted on an identical topic, which was published to Asian Business and Management
https://keio.pure.elsevier.com/ja/publications/the-distinctiveness-and-diversity-of-entrepreneurial-ecosystems-i
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If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us to the directory provided below.

IBER-Kotosaka

Contacts:
Email:dij_keio_2019@dijtokyo.org
IBER-Kotosaka: https://iber.sfc.keio.ac.jp
The German Institute for Japanese Studies: https://www.dijtokyo.org/
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The DIJ at this year’s ICAS 11


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).

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The DIJ travels to the ICAS conference in Leiden

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!

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DIJ in Austrian TV report “Olympia 2020: Adventure Tokyo”


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.

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EU project partnership: „ACCESS – Supporting Digital Literacy and Appropriation of ICT by Older People“

The DIJ Tokyo is partner with the multi-disciplinary and transnational EU project “ACCESS – Supporting Digital Literacy and Appropriation of ICT by Older People”, which is coordinated by Professor Claudia Müller of the University of Siegen. Goals are to explore and evaluate ways for elderly people to learn the usage of modern ICT solutions that promise a better social participation and an overall improvement of the quality of life. The DIJ is responsible for the project’s Japan-related research.

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Memorandum of Understanding with the Institut français de recherche sur le Japon à la Maison franco-japonaise

The DIJ and the Institut français de recherche sur le Japon à la Maison franco-japonaise concluded a Memorandum of Understanding in which both institutions agreed upon closer exchanges in the areas of socio-scientific and humanistic Japanese Studies. The Memorandum of Understanding places particular emphasis on developing and expanding the potential of joint research and events.

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Report on the Transregional Academy „Infrastructures, Regions and Urbanizations“

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland had invited 18 doctoral and postdoctoral scholars from the humanities and social sciences to attend a Transregional Academy convened at the National University of Singapore (NUS) on the topic of “Infrastructures, Regions and Urbanizations”. The Academy was chaired by Weiqiang Lin and James D. Sidaway (National University of Singapore), Franz Waldenberger (Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien, Tokyo) and Simone Lässig (Deutsches Historisches Institut Washington). It was arranged in cooperation with the Asia Research Institute and its director Jonathan Rigg as well as the Max Weber Foundation Research Group on Borders, Mobility and New Infrastructures at NUS.

Read the full report by Franz Waldenberger

Upcoming Events

October 24, 2019
  • DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
    18:30 ~ 20:30

    Environmental Local Scales: Women’s Writing in Northern Tōhoku, Present to Postwar

October 31, 2019
  • DIJ Forum
    18:30 ~ 20:00

    A New Era of Immigration? Japan’s Guest Worker Programs in Comparative Perspective

November 7, 2019
  • Workshops
    17:00 ~ 19:00

    Leadership in a Digital World: 
Innovative – Human – Collaborative

November 21, 2019
  • DIJ History & Humanities Study Group
    18:30 ~ 20:30

    Image(-Text) correlations in the works of Natsume Sōseki

Project: Tokyo Olympics

“Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics”

More information available on our
→ project page.

Monograph Series

The DIJ’s monograph series is now
Open Access Open Access.

Downloads are available directly on our
→ monograph pages.

Please Note: Volumes become open access one year after publication.

DIJ 30th Anniversary

Anniversary Event

In October 2018 we celebrated the DIJ’s foundation 30 years ago — with lots of inspiring speeches and fruitful conversations.

→ Event page

Anniversary Booklet

“30 Years Interdisciplinary Research on Site. 1988 – 2018”

Our anniversary booklet gives an overview of the past 30 years here at the DIJ.
Available for download now!

→ Publication page

Call for Papers

Contemporary Japan
Issue 33, No. 1
until February 1, 2020

Exlibris

DIJ Monographien, Volume 62

DIJ Monographien, Volume 62

“Parental well-being. Satisfaction with work, family life, and family policy in Germany and Japan”
— by Barbara Holthus and Hans Bertram

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t.co/yNrQukqjJt A nice report on the practice of bento boxes in Japan: the pressure on mothers is slow to change.

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Upcoming! 💡🔜 #DIJForum: "A New Era of Immigration? Japan’s Guest Worker Programs in Comparative Perspective" 👤 Sp… t.co/Y6Oc0bHXr9

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How does digital transformation affect academic research and our social, political, economic, and cultural life? Tw… t.co/PrNF9LalIz

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