Veranstaltungen und Aktivitäten
Sonja Ganseforth’s research at Coastal Transitions conference
On November 6, human geographer Sonja Ganseforth presented her latest research on the implications of the Japanese Fishery Law reform for small-scale coastal fisheries at the „Coastal Transitions: Blue Economy“ 2020 conference. Based on qualitative field research in rural Japan, Sonja’s paper „Blue Growth or Decline in Japanese Coastal Fisheries“ analyzed how global discourses of sustainable growth and institutional reform in the Japanese fishing sector are driving the enclosure of one of the last vestiges of natural resource commons. The focus on private capital and presuppositions of economic and scientific rationality drives the commodification and enclosure of this contracting commons – a process supported by domestic political circles as well as through international agenda setting campaigns. Sonja’s presentation is part of her ongoing research project on Fishing communities between growth and demise in Japan. The online conference „Coastal Transitions: Blue Economy“ was jointly organized by Liverpool John Moores University, Southern Connecticut State University and MIC University of Limerick.
Japans neuer Botschafter in Deutschland besucht das DIJ
Der neue Botschafter Japans in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Hidenao Yanagi, besuchte am 4. November unser Institut. Direktor Franz Waldenberger und Verwaltungsleiter Joachim Röhr informierten Botschafter Yanagi über die laufende Forschung am DIJ sowie das internationale Netzwerk der Max Weber Stiftung. In perfektem Deutsch berichtete Herr Yanagi, dass er sich auf sein zweites Posting in Berlin sehr freue, auch um sein Verständnis und seine Verbindung zu den neuen Bundesländern noch zu vertiefen. Außerdem freue er sich auf die anstehenden Fest-Veranstaltungen zum 160jährigen Bestehen der Beziehungen zwischen Japan und Deutschland im kommenden Jahr, auch wenn wegen der andauernden Pandemie möglicherweise nicht alle realisiert werden könnten.
Herr Yanagi lobte im Gespräch die bedeutende Rolle, die das DIJ in den vergangenen 30 Jahren für den Ausbau der deutsch-japanischen Beziehungen gespielt habe. Von 2014 bis 2017 war Herr Yanagi Generalkonsul in München, anschließend knapp drei Jahre Botschafter in Jordanien. Es freut und ehrt uns sehr, dass sich der Botschafter wenige Tage vor seiner Abreise nach Berlin die Zeit nahm, unser Institut zu besuchen.
The latest issue of Contemporary Japan is now available online and in print. CJ32(2) features a range of articles exploring: photography and ethnographic research among Japanese in Berlin (Julia Gerster & Natalia Morokhova); the role of centers for international exchange in multicultural community building (Viktoriya Kim & Philip Streich); notions of selfhood among deaf and hard-of-hearing youth (Jennifer M. McGuire); and moral education in elementary school classrooms (Sam Bamkin). This issue also features an Invited Commentary by Eyal Ben-Ari reflecting on the relationship between area studies and the disciplines and the adaptive potential of Japanese Studies. Plus: five reviews of recently published books on the self-defense forces, food safety, gardening, memory in Hiroshima, and economic history. Please see the full issue here
DIJ researchers in German and Japanese media
Deputy director and sociologist Barbara Holthus is quoted in the current issue of the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit (46/2020). In the article „Zurücktreten, bitte“, Barbara criticizes the restrictions imposed by the Japanese government on foreigners seeking to re-enter Japan during the Corona pandemic.
Historian Torsten Weber is quoted in the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel (45/2020). In „Globaler Kampf“, Torsten comments on nationalist elements in exhibitions promoting the Tokyo Olympics and Japan’s Olympic history. His remarks draw on research he has done for the DIJ’s special project on the Tokyo Olympics.
In the context of recent discussions about politics and academic freedom in Japan, historian of science Harald Kümmerle is quoted in a Kyodo article that was printed in several Japanese daily newspapers, including the Chūgoku Shimbun (1 November 2020). Giving the example of Albert Einstein’s expulsion from the German National Academy of Natural Sciences Leopoldina in 1933, Harald explains the treatment of Jewish scientists in Nazi Germany.
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