Veranstaltungen und Aktivitäten
DIJ DWIH Web-Forum
Central bank laws in the US, Japan, and Europe consider price stability as the prime goal of monetary policy. However, since the Global Financial Crisis and even more so during the present COVID-19 crisis, we have observed the implementation of unconventional monetary policy measures accompanied by an unprecedented concerted action between monetary and fiscal authorities. Are these changes only temporary or do they indicate a fundamental change in the role of central banks, their relationship with governments and the constitution of monetary policy? How does the “new normal” affect the independence of central banks? The discussions in this Web-Forum will explore monetary policy in the COVID-19 crisis and its implications for current and future central banking. Details
Kiyohiko G. Nishimura, former Bank of Japan Deputy Governor (2008-2013)
Katrin Assenmacher, Head of the Monetary Policy Strategy Division, ECB
Moderated by Kazuo Momma, Executive Economist, Mizuho Research Institute
Agenda-Cutting in Media News Coverage of Covid-19: A Case Study from Japan
In liberal democracies, there is the expectation that the role of mass media is to provide swift and accurate information to the public – especially in times of crisis such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Risk communication is particularly challenging for journalists as they have to balance the circulation of precise information on dangers and the avoidance of fear-mongering. This presentation by Yosuke Buchmeier addresses the question of how the Covid-19 crisis has been covered in the Japanese media, primarily focusing on television news coverage of the public broadcaster NHK. This research project is based on the theoretical concept of ‘agenda-cutting’, which describes the phenomenon when a relevant societal issue is deliberately de-emphasized, entirely omitted or removed from a news agenda. Details
Yosuke Buchmeier, LMU Munich/DIJ Tokyo
Gemeinsame Ausstellung zu Mishima Yukios Werken
Das Jahr 2020 markiert das 50. Todesjahr des Schriftstellers Mishima Yukio. Aus diesem Anlass stellen die International House of Japan Library, die Bibliothèque de la Maison franco-japonaise und die Bibliothek des Deutschen Instituts für Japanstudien Übersetzungen von Mishimas Arbeiten und kritische Studien zu seinem Leben und Werk aus. Genießen Sie bei dieser Gelegenheit die zahlreichen Meisterwerke auf Englisch, Französisch und Deutsch. Die Ausstellung ist geöffnet vom 1. Oktober bis zum 31. Oktober 2020. Weitere Informationen zur Ausstellung, den Öffnungszeiten und beteiligten Bibliotheken finden Sie auf diesem Flyer. Eine Liste der in der Bibliothek des DIJ einsehbaren Schriften ist hier erhältlich. Vor einem Besuch kontaktieren Sie bitte die jeweilige Bibliothek.
SJCC webinar on Japan’s system of corporate governance
On September 25, DIJ director Franz Waldenberger was guest speaker in the SJCC webinar series, organized by the Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with JETRO Switzerland and the Japan Club of Geneva. Even 30 years of ongoing reforms and structural changes have not improved the image of Japanese corporate governance among foreign investors. In his talk „Japan’s system of corporate governance – bright and dark sides“, Franz Waldenberger explained why Japanese boards remain to be insider controlled and what implications this has for performance. However, he also stressed the positive sides of a system where shareholders can be assured that managers are loyal to their company. A video of the webinar is available on the SJCC’s website.
Barbara Geilhorn on post-3.11 theatre in Swiss radio feature
DIJ researcher Barbara Geilhorn has appeared in the SRF Swiss radio feature „Verstrahlte“ Gesellschaft: ein japanisches Trauma („Radiated“ society: a Japanese trauma) by Martin Fritz. Drawing on her ongoing research project Local Issues Take Stage – Culture and Community Revitalization, Barbara provided expert commentary on how theatre in Japan has dealt with the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima in 2011. Theatre plays addressed the situation after the accident and the different reactions of people to it: either ignoring the nuclear dangers or facing them and acting accordingly. They also problematized issues of social conformity and the reluctance of Japanese people to voice criticism openly, Barbara explains. The radio programme is available as podcast on the SRF website here (in German)
Journal article on dislocation and social isolation in post-3.11 Japan
What happens when temporary shelters become permanent homes? What are the psychosocial impacts of prolonged dislocation, and how might these effects be mitigated through grassroots community activities? Based on fieldwork and interviews with residents in temporary housing and volunteer support groups in northeastern Japan, Isaac Gagné’s new article „Dislocation, Social Isolation, and the Politics of Recovery in Post-Disaster Japan“ (Transcultural Psychiatry) analyzes the ongoing challenges of delayed recovery and chronic dislocation among survivors of the March 11, 2011 disaster in Japan. Focusing on Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, Isaac examines how the complexity of the disaster-recovery process within the local politics of the region has produced new tensions, creating a particular “zoned liminality” for displaced residents while undermining the social nexus of community relations. The article also reflects on challenges in treating the psychosocial trauma among survivors, and how their needs are addressed through new citizen-based volunteer movements.