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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Wir sind ein deutsches Forschungsinstitut mit Sitz in Tokyo. Unsere Forschung befasst sich mit dem modernen Japan im globalen Kontext.

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Veranstaltungen und Aktivitäten

12. Dezember 2019

User-driven Innovation in Health- & Elderly Care in Japan

Japan is enthusiastic about developing and applying innovative technology in the context of health- and elderly care. Research and development in care robotics, sensor technology (mimamori sensā), or ICT applications are widely promoted by the government. Despite these manifold efforts and activities, many devices fall short of meeting the needs expressed by users. Therefore, this DIJ Forum raises the question, what is necessary to fulfil user’s needs in healthcare? What needs to be done to improve user acceptance and usability of technology regarding innovation in health- and elderly care? Our two speakers are best suited to discuss these questions from a cross-disciplinary perspective.

Sarah Cosentino, Waseda University
Nobu Ishiguro, Osaka University


DIJ Newsletter 60 published

Big Data and the Future of Knowledge Production
Daten als Ressource des digitalen Zeitalters sind in aller Munde. Viele sehen in ihnen das neue Öl: Den Rohstoff, ohne den eine Wirtschaft in Zukunft nicht mehr auskommt. Die damit angesprochenen grundlegenden gesellschaftspolitischen Fragen betreffen nicht allein die Regulierung des Umgangs mit Daten. Es geht darüber hinaus auch um die Zukunft der Produktion von Wissen. Wo und wie wird das zukünftig für die Entwicklung unserer Gesellschaft relevante Wissen produziert?

Studying Japan
Im Juli 2019 versammelte sich eine interdisziplinäre Gruppe von 27 Japanforschern aus Australien, Europa, Japan, Singapur und den USA in Berlin, um über Chancen und Herausforderungen der Japanforschung zu diskutieren. Vier Panels behandelten den gesamten Forschungsprozess – von der Suche nach einer Forschungsfrage über Datenkollektion und -analyse bis hin zur Veröffentlichung der Ergebnisse.
Besonders aufschlußreich waren auch Diskussionen über den Einfluss neuer Technologien auf die Forschung.
Die vielfältigen Ergebnisse werden in das Methodenhandbuch Studying Japan – herausgegeben von Nora Kottmann und Cornelia Reiher – einfließen.

Neues Kulturwissenschaftsprojekt
Das Projekt „Theater und Gesellschaft in Japans Regionen“ untersucht, wie zentrale Fragen der japanischen Gesellschaft in regionalen Theaterproduktionen repräsentiert und verhandelt werden. Das Projekt basiert auf aktuellen Konzepten von Theater als Raum für soziale Debatten. Welche Themen werden angesprochen und auf welche Weise künstlerisch umgesetzt? Was kann Kunst und Kultur bei der Bewältigung sozialer Fragen leisten und welche Rolle spielen sie für die Stärkung des ländlichen Raumes?

28. November 2019

DIJ Roundtable
The Future of Society – German and Japanese Perspectives

Institutions are the foundations of our society. They help to coordinate individual actions and they are also needed to integrate various social, economic and political subsystems. But institutions cannot not be fully understood by their functional contribution alone. There is also an important normative part. It is too often forgotten, that institutions have normative foundations. In the face of current challenges like the digital transformation, the avance of AI, climate change and new geopolitical power relations, the normative qualities of our social institutions are being challenged with far reaching consequences for social cohesion.

Professor Udo Di Fabio, former judge of the German Federal Constitutional Court, has recently published two books on the foundations of modern society, combining historical, legal and sociological perspectives. He will present his main arguments in a keynote adress. His ideas will by commented on by Japanese and German scholars before the general discussion is opened to the floor.

21. November 2019

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

Even though the first publications of Natsume Sōseki’s (1867–1916) works were illustrated and had visual elements, the research on Sōseki focuses mostly just on the text. Nevertheless, Sōseki’s entire oeuvre shows from the beginning to the end a deep but shifting image-text relation that has to be introduced and placed into the historical context, taking the artists (Natori Shunsen, Noda Kyūho, Asai Chū, Hashiguchi Goyō, Nakamura Fusetsu, and Tsuda Seifū), publication type (newspaper, book, pocketbook) and genre into consideration. This approach can thereby identify a network of artists and intellectuals, as well as places and visual ideas.

My presentation aims to give an overview of the material and the illustrations, while also analyzing particular image and text examples, thereby giving Sōseki also a visual standing in the discourse about Modernity and the Fin de Siècle.

Kevin Schumacher, University of Munich / DIJ

13. November 2019

Mobilities and the Geographicity of Law
Lessons for Japan

The notion «mobility regimes» is helpful in order to study the differential regulations of mobilities. It allows us answering the question of unequal power relations that structure the different modes of mobilities, some being encouraged and others forbidden, regulated, criminalised. It inserts itself in the domain of « legal geography » on the one hand, and, on the other, in the « spatial turn » of legal studies. From a contemporary geographical perspective, the geographicity of law is at stake. My lecture will evolve around three elements. First, I will present legal geography as a missing link in theoretical geography. Then, the concept of mobility regime is developed as a regulation that articulates multiple scales and domains. Finally, the example of the 2018 Berlin mobility law is employed to show how law operates a «mobilities turn». The detailed analysis is based on the hypothesis of a radical change in the politics of mobilities allowing for new modes of inhabiting the city.
This seminar is meant to bring a perspective on tourism, mobility and migration policies at a global level, and it will thus try to draw lessons for Japan, a country that is bound to receive more foreign visitors and foreign workers in the near future.

Mathis Stock, University of Lausanne

14. November 2019

Political Communication in the Age of New Media – Investigating the Reception of Right-Wing Populist Communication Strategies in the Japanese Blog Scene

The rise of populist politicians has significantly influenced political communication and public discourse around the world. In the light of the ongoing mediatization of politics, populist politicians have been found to manage new media as alternative platforms for political communication particularly effectively.

The study combines quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the reception of right-wing populist communication in the Japanese blog scene using the digital analysis tool TopicExplorer. Besides introducing this tool, the presentation will show how digital methods such as topic modeling can be used to determine relevant discourses and narratives in a Japanese blog corpus regarding the topic of migration.

Katharina Dalko, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


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
7. November 2019

Leadership in a Digital World: 
Innovative – Human – Collaborative

Today’s working environment is heavily driven by dynamic digitalization, but leadership is more than just a digital investment. It requires leaders to build and foster meaningful relationships, understand and implement new technologies, as well as build a meaningful culture of innovation.

The workshop offers a glimpse into our research with case studies from our global partners and assists participants in exchanging experiences and innovative ideas on their personal leadership behavior. Prof. Dr. Sabine Remdisch will talk about digital leadership and the new skillset of the future leader. Christian Otto will give an in-depth look into the importance success factors of integrating new technologies into leadership.

Sabine Remdisch, Leuphana University, Lüneburg
Christian Otto, Leuphana University, Lüneburg

Nächste Veranstaltungen

12. Dezember 2019
  • DIJ Forum
    18:30 ~ 20:00

    User-driven Innovation in Health- & Elderly Care in Japan


Das Institut bleibt vom 23.12. – 03.01.2020 geschlossen.

Projekt: Tokyo Olympics

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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.

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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!

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Call for Papers

Contemporary Japan
Ausgabe 33, Nr. 1
bis 1. Februar 2020


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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