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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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March 21, 2020

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. 

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February 28, 2020

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.

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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”.

https://www.studienstiftung.de/aktuelles/artikel/studienstiftung-vergibt-promotionspreise-2020-arbeiten-aus-der-chemie-und-japanologie-ausgezeichnet/

 

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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
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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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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).

Upcoming Events

June 9, 2020
  • Lecture Series 'Gender and Sexuality in East Asia' (1/5)
    18:30 ~ 20:00

    Towards a Transnational Sexual and Masculine Field: Male...

June 18, 2020
  • DIJ MFJ Web Forum
    16:00 ~ 17:30

    How Real Are Numbers? Making Sense of National COVID-19 Statistics

June 25, 2020
  • 'Gender and Sexuality in East Asia' (2/5)
    18:30 ~ 20:00

    Cute Masculinity: Investigating the...

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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.

Call for Papers

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

Deadline for proposals: 15 July 2020.
Read full CfP → conference page.

Project: Tokyo Olympics

“Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics”

For more information see our
→ project page.


Japans "Armee auf dem Vormarsch"? Reportage von @KlausScherer4 in @NDRweltbilder mit Glen S. Fukushima @gsf1280, gefilmt im Büro von @franzDIJTokyo im Anschluss an den 'DIJ KAS Roundtable US-Japan Relations under Donald Trump and Shinzo ... Abe' @konotaromp
https://www.ardmediathek.de/ard/video/weltbilder/japan-armee-auf-dem-vormarsch/ndr-fernsehen/Y3JpZDovL25kci5kZS84MmIzMWMyNi0xNWQwLTQzMDgtOTI0NC02ZDBlZjk4MTg2YTc/

Join us on 9 June for the 1st online lecture in our new ‘#Gender and #Sexuality in East Asia: Cultural Studies & Social Science Perspectives ' lecture series. @Anhuytran_225 will speak on sexual & gendered experiences of male ... Vietnamese migrants in Japan https://www.dijtokyo.org/event/towards-a-transnational-sexual-field-male-vietnamese-migrants-in-contemporary-japan/

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DIJ Monograph Series

Our monograph series is Open Access Open Access after a one-year embargo period. Downloads are available on our
→ monographs pages
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Call for Submissions

Contemporary Japan
current issue Vol. 32, No. 1
Contemporary Japan is open year-round for rolling submissions, with accepted publications published immediately online. Please see the instructions for submission here.