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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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DIJ monograph 62 released:
Parental well-being. Satisfaction with work, family life, and family policy in Germany and Japan

“Pursuing happiness is not only idealistic, it is the world’s best and perhaps only hope to avoid global catastrophe” (Global Happiness Policy Report 2018). With that, the report argues for happiness as overarching policy goal. This volume argues that parental well-being is well qualified to assume a central role for governments of industrially advanced nations that are in need of coping with the challenges of low fertility and societal aging.

More than 4000 mothers and fathers of young children in Germany and Japan have been surveyed in regard to their well-being and satisfaction with many aspects related to their work and family lives. The volume brings together 13 scholars to analyze this unique dataset. The chapters fall into three main parts: (1) parenting and childcare, (2) self, social relatedness, and social structures, and (3) family policy well-being. A particular focus lies on the well-being of mothers in contrast to fathers. The volume uses a multidimensional concept of parental well-being, with each chapter highlighting one dimension, ranging from health, education, employment, and family policy satisfaction to partnership, social network, and childcare satisfaction. National differences are in several aspects superseded by gender, class, and personality types.

Events
November 14, 2018

「ドイツ日本研究所」×「電通国際交流室」セミナー@アカデミーヒルズ
ジャパン・ウォッチャーが目撃した『平成ニッポン30年』

ドイツ日本研究所は創立30周年を記念して、電通ビジネス・ディベロップメント&アクティベーション局国際交流室とコラボレーションしたトークセッション「ジャパン・ウォッチャーが目撃した『平成ニッポン30年』」を開催する。

平成の価値観、コミュニケーション、キャリア形成、生産性、働き方、自然災害との向き合い方などについての考察を、会場の参加者と共にセッションしていく。

登壇者:

フランツ・ヴァルデンベルガー
ドイツ日本研究所 所長

上條 典夫
株式会社電通 執行役員

森下 公江
株式会社電通 電通イノベーションイニシアチブ イノベーションインテリジェンス部長

Events
November 7, 2018

Work Style Reform, Gender Time Gap, Work-Life Balance, and Gender Equality in Japan and Germany

In cooperation with the Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) the DIJ hosted an one-day workshop about work style reform, gender time gap, work-life balance and gender equality regarding Japan and Germany.

Speakers:
Michiko Mae, University of Düsseldorf
Ute Klammer, University of Duisburg-Essen
Yumiko Murao, Associate Professor of Sociology at Toyo University
Elke Holst, German Institute for Economic Research
Kumiko Nemoto, Kyoto University
Fanz Waldenberger, German Institute for Japanese Studies
Machiko Osawa, Japan Women’s University
Ralf Kleindiek, The Boston Consulting Group

Events
November 6, 2018

Depictions of Beethoven in Japanese Anime: Japanese Visual Arts Transforming Western Iconography

Beethoven’s legacy is still alive and well in present-day Japan, where his life and works continue to play a major part in Japan’s modern cultural landscape. The Western vision of the wild-haired, scowling genius is commonly recognized in Japan today, and it comes as no surprise that many agencies have tried to harness the power of his unmistakable image to attract Japanese consumers.

This presentation examines two examples of Beethoven as an anime character. The first is from the 2001 OVA Read or Die, in which Beethoven is a cyborg fated to destroy mankind with his “Suicide Symphony.” The second is “Beethes” from NHK’s 2016 comedy anime ClassicaLoid, a stylishly leather-clad android obsessed with cooking the perfect gyoza dumpling. In addition, we will hear how Beethoven’s symphonic masterpieces are transformed in the anime underscores to support the distinctly Japanese characterization of Beethoven found in these popular shows.

Speaker:
Heike Hoffer, The Ohio State University

Events
November 1, 2018

Big Data – the new competitive paradigm. How well is Japan prepared?

Big data will be at the heart of the digital revolution. Social networks, factories, supply chains, digital market places, “shared economy” platforms, medical devices, wearables, smart homes, seismic instruments, weather stations and GPS satellites – in the digitalized and connected world data have become abundant. Rapidly developing tools to integrate and analyze large volumes of diverse datasets in ever faster and intelligent ways open up enormous potentials for research, private enterprises and public policy.

Our half-day workshop explores how Japan is building the infrastructures to efficiently and responsibly gather, integrate, analyze, use and trade data. The workshop is organized around three panels. Each panel will consist of four speakers. They will start with short presentations by Japanese speaker with backgrounds in research, business and policy followed by an international perspective or general comment. A moderator will introduce and guide the speakers and coordinate the discussions.

Events
October 25, 2018

DIJ Roundtable
Tokyo 2020 and Beyond: Legacies from Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games

Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the greatest media spectacle of modernity, Tokyo will be at the center of the world’s attention in summer 2020. The nearly universal reach via television and internet broadcast provides the IOC with multi-billion dollar revenue streams and the host with opportunities for placing highly visible messages about the state of the nation and its future to the world.

With less than two years ahead of the Games, the DIJ roundtable features three leading experts on sport mega-events to discuss the political economy of hosting the Olympic Games, the difficulties of message control in the post-factual age, and the legacies of the Games for Japan in the 2020s.

Speakers:
Munehiko Harada, Waseda University
John D. Horne, Waseda University
Wolfram Manzenreiter, University of Vienna

Events
October 2 - October 31, 2018

Joint Exposition of Books
Basho & Haiku

Haiku is popular not only in Japan, but also in other countries. The works of Matsuo Basho in particular are highly regarded for their artistry, and his name is widely known throughout the world.

The International House of Japan Library, the Bibliothèque de la Maison franco-japonaise, and the Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien Bibliothek will be displaying translations of Basho’s works and other haiku, as well as critical studies.

On this occasion, please enjoy various haiku translated in English, French, and German editions.

Events
October 18 - October 20, 2018

What is the ‘local’? Rethinking the politics of subnational spaces in Japan

This symposium aims to enhance the discussion of the “local” as unit of analysis – a discussion that is vital to avoid under-complex approaches to multilayered socio-economic and political phenomena. The focus is on contemporary Japan, which provides a particularly interesting case in this respect, not least due to the massive reorganization of the local administrative landscape in the mid-2000s. The symposium brings together researchers who link different conceptions of the “local” to concrete social, economic, and political problems. Analyzing the (re)configuration and interaction of formal and informal, spatial and social sub-national boundaries will advance the understanding of socio-economic and political organization in and beyond Japan.

Upcoming Events

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

    Inscribing Edible Otherness: Intersections of Food, Gender, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Zainichi Poetry

February 6, 2019
  • DIJ Business & Economics Study Group
    18:30 ~ 20:00

    What Happens Abroad Stays Abroad? Expatriates’ Psychological Contracts

DIJ 30th Anniversary

Anniversary Event

In October this year 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 31, No. 1
until February 1, 2019

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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