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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

Event Series
7. Dezember 2023

Hybrid DIJ Forum on Women in Japanese Politics

Japanese politics has a woman problem. Not only are women relatively absent from legislative assemblies; when they run for elections, and even after they’ve won, they are often faced with sexual harassment. These issues seem particularly acute in local level assemblies, and even more so in rural areas. In Japan, 15.6% of local assembly seats are occupied by women, and only 2 of the 47 governors are women. This is in spite of the enactment in 2018 of a gender parity law, the Act on Promotion of Gender Equality in the Political Field. The speakers in this DIJ Forum will explore the causes of women’s under-representation in local politics and highlight the sexism experienced by women who campaign for and get elected to office. By considering institutional and cultural barriers, they will present a big-picture analysis of the problem of male-dominated politics in Japan. Details and registration here

Emma Dalton, La Trobe University
Naoko Oki, Sugiyama Jogakuen University
Event Series
11. Dezember 2023

Workshop on communicative spaces in rural Japan and Germany

Example for a communicative space in an abandoned elementary school in rural Japan
© Christina & Sebastian Polak-Rottmann

Rural areas in Japan have been facing challenges due to ongoing demographic decline and high rates of aging — but they are often also home to vibrant places offering space for deliberation, communication, networking, and political activities. While some of these spaces can be small in size, focusing on specific local problems, others may have goals reaching far beyond the local sphere. The DIJ workshop Conceptualizing communicative spaces in rural areas in Japan and Germany brings together scholars who have been analysing and conceptualising such spaces in their research in Japan and Germany. The speakers will present their research, followed by a discussion to conceptualize these dynamic spaces and to reflect on the differences between Japan and Germany. The aim of the workshop is to exchange ideas on how these places might help to deal with current challenges in rural areas and to establish a network of scholars and practitioners working on the topic. Details and registration here

Event Series
30. November 2023

Online DIJ Study Group on Japan’s Economic Security Policy

Germany, which has become accustomed to cheap gas from Russia, easy market access to China and peace and stability in Europe, has experienced a rude awakening. One of the most urgent tasks now is to ensure economic security. However, it is not the USA but Japan with its advanced system of economic security that seems to be the more appropriate role model. After all, Japan’s strong industrial production base, its export orientation and its positioning between economic dependence on China and security dependence on the USA are very similar to Germany’s situation. Against this background, the question arises as to which characteristics make the Japanese system of economic security so attractive from a German perspective? And how does Japan deal with the uncertainties, dilemmas and risks that state intervention in economic decision-making processes inevitably entails? Details and registration here

Hanns Günther Hilpert, German Institute for International and Security Affairs
Event Series
28. November 2023

Hybrid DIJ Study Group on National Identity Discourses in Japan

© Jane Khanizadeh

The Rugby World Cup held in Japan in 2019 was an intriguing example of a large-scale international sporting event that triggered national identity discourses. A multi-ethnic team which represented Japan with outstanding success, Japan’s national rugby team’s journey through the tournament was broadly covered in the media and the team was cheered on by fans across the country. Yet, the myth of mono-ethnicity still resonates with some segments in Japanese society. The resulting tension is brought into focus by intensive media reporting and can ultimately lead to a process of redefining a nation-state’s self-perception. This presentation will discuss the tensions between the assumed mono-ethnicity and the reality of a changing society. How does this discourse of national belonging in Japan take place? What is considered diverse in Japan and where do national and international reporting clash regarding Japanese national identity? Details and registration here

Jane Khanizadeh, LMU Munich/DIJ Tokyo
17. November 2023

Isaac Gagné and Celia Spoden to give research presentations at the AAA Conference

Screenshot conference website

DIJ researchers Isaac Gagné and Celia Spoden will attend this year’s annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Toronto to present their latest research. Both will give presentations in the panel „Beyond ‚Lonely Death‘: Communication and Engagement in Japan’s Aging Society“ on November 17. Drawing from fieldwork in a hamlet in Nagano and the displaced district of Yuriage in Miyagi, Isaac’s paper („Social Welfare of and for the Community: Neighborhoods, Networks, and Volunteerism in Aging Japan“) will discuss the roles of community-based social welfare services in aging suburban and rural communities. In her paper („Cyber-Physical Spaces in Japan: Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities Through Avatar-Work“), Celia will present her fieldwork in an avatar café, where home-bound people remotely control robots and serve the guests. Drawing on interviews with the avatar pilots, she will explore their perception of social participation, work, and disability.

2. November 2023

Hybrid Seminar ‚Infrastructure and the Remaking of Asia‘


In the 21st century, infrastructure has undergone a seismic shift from West to East. Once concentrated in Europe and North America, global infrastructure production today is focused squarely on Asia. This hybrid seminar will introduce the open access book Infrastructure and the Remaking of Asia (University of Hawai’i Press 2023) which investigates the deeper implications of that pivot to the East. Written by leading international infrastructure experts, it demonstrates how new roads, airports, pipelines, and cables are changing Asian economies, societies, and geopolitics—from the Bosporus to Beijing, and from Indonesia to the Arctic. Ten tightly interwoven case studies powerfully illustrate infrastructure’s leading role in three global paradigm shifts: climate change, digitalization, and China’s emergence as a superpower. This event is part of the DIJ’s research partnership on Asian Infrastructures with the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore. Details and registration here

Event Series
18. Oktober 2023

Workshop and public symposium on ‚Mediated Social Touch‘

What is the future role of mediated social touch for social inclusion and societal participation in the context of the increasing digitalisation and diversification of Japanese and German societies? The workshop and symposium Mediated Social Touch. Interdisciplinary Explorations of Digital Touch to Connect Humans will bring together experts and practitioners from social sciences, neuroscience, haptics and computer science/AI to gain a comprehensive and multi-perspective understanding of mediated social touch and its potential for connecting humans in a digitalized world. The public symposium on 18 October at the OAG Hall in Tokyo is preceded by a three-day internal workshop. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Details and registration here

Event Series
5. Oktober 2023

Hybrid DIJ Forum on Germany’s New Security Policy and Japan’s Take

In February 2022, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz proclaimed a Zeitenwende („epochal shift“) denoting a shift away from close economic ties with Russia and announcing a massive investment in Germany’s defense capabilities. These measures were meant to meet the economic and political challenges faced by a country that had previously relied on pacifist politics. Drawing on a historical perspective of Germany’s „long remilitarization“ from the Korean War to the Armed Forces’ missions in Afghanistan and Mali, this talk will evaluate what the Zeitenwende means for Germany’s present and future with a particular focus on security policy. Professor Tokuchi will comment on Professor Leggewie’s presentation providing a Japanese view on the changing global security landscape. After the presentations, the discussion will be opened to the floor. The event will be followed by a networking reception. Details and registration here

Claus Leggewie, Giessen University
Hideshi Tokuchi, Research Institute for Peace and Security

Nächste Veranstaltungen

30. November 2023
  • DIJ Business & Economics Study Group
    18:00 ~ 19:30

    Japan’s Economic Security Policy – A Perspective from Germany → finished check-red

7. Dezember 2023
  • DIJ Forum
    18:30 ~ 20:00

    Japanese Politics – What Keeps Women Out?

11. Dezember 2023
  • Workshop
    11:00 ~ 18:00

    Conceptualizing communicative spaces in rural areas in Japan and Germany

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