Veranstaltungen und Aktivitäten
DIJ research at ‚Asia’s New Ruralities‘ online conference
Our research fellows Sonja Ganseforth and Isaac Gagné will present their latest research on different aspects of rural Japan at the upcoming ‚Asia’s New Ruralities‘ online conference (August 12-13) at the University of Vienna. Based on case studies of small family businesses, cooperatives, and revitalization programmes in different fishing villages in Kyushu, Sonja’s paper „New Marinalities of Japanese Fishing Villages“ studies multiple influences on the shaping of new marine ruralities. Isaac’s paper „Local Economies of Care: The Impact of Demographic Changes on Social Welfare in Rural Japan“ analyzes the emergence of a resilient and innovative local economy of care among local actors and is based on results of his fieldwork in a rural community in Nagano Prefecture. Full programme and registration details here.
Japan and the Tokyo Olympics: Author Interviews on DIJ YouTube channel
On July 24, 2020, more than one billion people worldwide were expected to watch the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. What was supposed to be a glorious year for Japan, 2020 instead catapulted the world into a pandemic, sees the Olympic Games postponed and their future for Tokyo uncertain. Despite its postponement and potential cancellation, the build-up to the 2020 Olympic Games has already had a major impact on Tokyo, Japan, and the many stakeholders in government, business, and society involved. The publication Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics (Routledge 2020) explains this multifaceted impact and is available open access (free download). To learn more about the book’s chapters you can watch interviews with our authors on the new DIJ YouTube channel. The playlist will be updated periodically. In the first episode, main editor and DIJ deputy director Barbara Holthus introduces the book and her own chapter on volunteering.
Franz Waldenberger in NHK World interview on recent stock market developments
The value of tender offers, i.e. public takeover bids to purchase a major portion or all of a companies outstanding stock, have risen to a record in Japan this year. According to some experts the surge has been caused by the COVID-19 crisis because companies are now rushing to consolidate amid the business slowdown. On NHK World TV, DIJ director Franz Waldenberger explains what the increase in tender offers means for the Japanese economy and how the surge is related to the digital transformation. The interview was broadcast on NHK World’s Newsroom Tokyo programme on July 14, 2020 and can be viewed for one month on NHK World’s website.
DIJ research presentations at SASE Virtual Conference
DIJ research fellows Susanne Brucksch and Markus Heckel will participate in the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). This year’s meeting will be held online from July 18-21.
Susanne will participate as a discussant in the Roundtable “Economy, Society, Polity: Global and National Health(care) Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic”. She will also present her paper “Innovation Activities through Medtech Partnerships in Japan?” which highlights current efforts to increase medtech partnerships, cluster policies and matching-hubs to cross disciplinary and organizational boundaries and to encourage innovation activities in the field of medical devices in Japan.
Markus will present two papers: “Deflation – Lessons from the Japanese Experience”, co-authored with DIJ director Franz Waldenberger, applies the quantity theory of money and international arbitrage conditions. It suggests that expansionary monetary policies are very limited in fighting deflation in Japan. Markus‘ paper “Central Bank Communication under Unconventional Monetary Policy: The Bank of Japan during Times of Crisis” analyzes the monetary policy and central bank communication of the Bank of Japan during 2003-2019 with a focus on the global financial crises and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Results show that the complexity of monetary policy can be reduced to forms of “general” monetary policy with quantitative easing and short-term liquidity emergency measures used in crisis times.
Neue Ausgabe des DIJ Newsletters erschienen
Die neueste Ausgabe unseres DIJ Newsletters enthält einen Bericht zu den Auswirkungen der COVID-19-Krise auf Japan und die Japanforschung, eine Zusammenfassung unseres ersten Web-Forums zur Pandemie in Deutschland und Japan sowie die Vorstellung eines neues Forschungsprojektes zur Digitalen Transformation und einer Buchpublikation zu den Olympischen Spielen. Außerdem gratulieren wir einem unserer Kollegen zur Auszeichnung mit einem Dissertationspreis, kündigen kürzlich erschienene Veröffentlichungen an und informieren über Neuigkeiten aus dem Personal.
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Webinar on ‚Tokyo Olympics Postponed: How Japanese Society Responds‘
Originally scheduled to begin on July 24, 2020, the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to July 2021. This is a dilemma: The Olympics were supposed to present a brand-new Japan to the world, a leader in sustainability, diversity, inclusion, and a slew of other admirable goals. But almost overnight, Tokyo’s buzz of Olympic logos, countdown clocks and construction hustle have come to an eerie standstill: What now? Join sociologist and DIJ deputy director Barbara Holthus, editor of Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics and Ulrike Schaede, former member of the DIJ’s advisory board, on July 15, 8:30 a.m. (JST) in this UC San Diego Japan Forum Webinar for a discussion of how the postponement has affected the various stakeholders in society: athletes with crushed aspirations, para-Olympians with broken dreams, disappointed volunteers, empty-handed ticket holders, devastated inn- and shopkeepers, jubilant anti-Olympic movement participants, among Tokyoites and in the periphery.
Please download the event flyer for information on how to register for this event.