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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

1. August 2019

The Mountains Belong to Everybody? Conflicts about Recreational Forest Use in Austria and Japan

Recreational outdoor sports, such as hiking, mountain biking, and trail running are enjoying increased popularity in Japan and worldwide. Proponents argue that these activities contribute to physical and mental health on the one hand and bring about economic and social benefits for rural areas on the other. At the same time there are concerns of over-use and environmental degradation. Focusing on mountain biking, Prof. Yuichiro Hirano and Prof. Wolfram Manzenreiter will be comparing the current situation in Austria and Japan and try to line out possible futures for sustainable outdoor tourism that benefits rural areas and protect the environment equally.

Yuichiro Hirano, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Tsukuba
Wolfram Manzenreiter, University of Vienna


DIJ Newsletter 59 published

Bericht: Diversität und Produktivität – Japans Beschäftigungssystem auf dem Prüfstand
Viele Industrieländer müssen die mit einem verschärften globalen Wettbewerb und einem schnellen technologischen Wandel verbundenen Herausforderungen im Kontext einer rasch alternden Bevölkerung bewältigen. Für alle gelten dabei grundsätzlich die gleichen Lösungen: Erhöhung der Erwerbsbeteiligung von Frauen und älteren Menschen, Einstellung von mehr ausländischen Arbeitskräften, Investitionen in Bildung sowie Automatisierung von Produktion und Dienstleistungen. Die dabei angesprochen Schlüsselfaktoren sind Diversität und Produktivität.

Neue Ära: Japans neue Ära hat einen Namen: Reiwa
Es war kein Aprilscherz: am 1. April verkündete Chefkabinettssekretär Yoshihide Suga Reiwa als neues nengō (auch gengō). Unter dieser Devise – flexibel übersetzbar als „Japan herrsche“ oder „angeordneter Frieden“ – stehen die Thronjahre des neuen Kaisers Naruhito seit dem 1. Mai 2019.

DFG-Projekt: Nankinger Kriegstagebücher
Als japanische Truppen im Herbst 1937 auf die chinesische Hauptstadt Nanking vorrücken, entscheidet sich der deutsche Siemens-Repräsentant John Rabe (1882-1950) nicht zu flüchten, sondern in Nanking zu bleiben.

27. Juli 2019

Contemporary Japanese Theatre Workshop

This workshop investigates recent themes and issues in contemporary Japanese theatre. Themes that will be discussed include regional theatre, theatre and community, the role of the avantgarde and contemporary challenges. We consider some of the urgent issues that Japanese theatre is addressing today. Featuring a mix of presentations by senior scholars and new voices in the field, this workshop is open to everyone interested in theatre in the contemporary world. Presentations are in English.

Barbara Geilhorn

23. Juli 2019

Studying Japan: The impact of transnationalization and technological innovation on methods, fieldwork and research ethics

During two days an interdisciplinary group of renowned scholars from Australia, Europe, Singapore and the US will discuss new trends, opportunities and challenges that have changed the conduct of research on Japan. Starting out with a general discussion of research methods in area studies as well as social science research on Japan, the conference will discuss practices of collecting, analyzing and presenting data and findings individually, and the role and function of these practices within the whole research process. The conference focuses mainly on the methodological opportunities and challenges brought about by transnationalization as well as by technological innovations and digital transformation, with attention being paid to good research practice and ethics.

The conference is organized by Cornelia Reiher (Freie Universität Berlin) and Nora Kottmann (German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo) and jointly funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), the Freie Universität Berlin and the Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft.


The DIJ travels to the ICAS conference in Leiden

The DIJ travels to Leiden. The ICAS conference is held July 10 to 15 in Leiden, the Netherlands. More than 2000 scholars are expected to present their research.

The DIJ is represented through Barbara Holthus, Hanno Jentzsch and Nora Kottmann. Nora is the organizer of the panel on (No) Sex in the City, in which she and Barbara present their research. Hanno will present his paper on Governing the Man-Made Disaster – Revitalizing Local Governance in Japan’s Peripheries.

Detailed information on the breadth of the DIJ research activities and publications is available at the Max Weber Foundation exhibition table in the book exhibit hall. Please come see us there!

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Leiden!


Governance in the Age of Ignorance: The Role of Knowledge Infrastructures

Franz Waldenberger, director of DIJ, was invited to contribute to the magazine for the G20 meeting held in Osaka, June 28 to 29. His article can be found on page 42-43 in the digital versions of the magazine under the links below:

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10. Juli 2019

Negotiating Difference: Educational Experiences of Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Students in Mainstream Japanese Schools

Japan is part of a global trend in which enrollment in schools for the deaf is in decline due to a pedagogical shift: first towards ‘integration’ and later towards ‘inclusion’. As a result, it is rapidly becoming the norm for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in Japan to be educated alongside hearing peers rather than among deaf and hard-of-hearing ones. Comparative research suggests that these mainstreamed students face social neglect and isolation. Yet, as studies have shown, Japanese youth are not passive actors. They can work to actively interpret and transform their situation.

This presentation focuses on the results of a 15-month ethnographic study on young (18 to 24 year-old) Japanese self-identified ‘inte’ (a shortened version of the loanword for integration) who were educated in ‘hearing schools’.

Jennifer M. McGuire, Doshisha University

27. Juni 2019

Between Contributor and Competitor: Recent Trends in how the Chinese Government views Japan

How the current Chinese leadership views Japan is not just a question concerning both major countries in East Asia. It is also interwoven with a series of Chinese domestic troubles and crises: how to deal with Japan both as a major contributor to the industrial upgrading of the Chinese economy and as an essential competitor in Asia and beyond; how to handle Tokyo in the light of its ever closer alliance with the United States which aims at containing China’s rise; how to fulfill, in the light of these constraints, the superpower promise that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has given to the Chinese people.

This presentation will outline Beijing’s internal predicaments and its changing perspectives on Japan. It will also address Chinese concerns about Japanese efforts to involve a growing number of European countries into the geopolitical competition with China, for example in the South China Sea.

Shi Ming, Berlin

Nächste Veranstaltungen

17. September 2019
  • attn Symposien und Konferenzen
    09:00 ~ 18:00

    The Politics of Migration in Japan

18. September 2019
  • DIJ Social Science Study Group
    18:30 ~ 20:30

    Shrinking but Happy? Investigating the Interplay of Social and Individual-Level Predictors of Well-Being in Rural Japanese Communities

19. September 2019
  • DIJ Forum
    18:30 ~ 20:30

    Renewable Energy in Germany and Japan - Prospects for the Citizen Energy Movement

26. September 2019
  • Symposien und Konferenzen
    ~ whole day event ~

    Citizen Science in the Digital Age

4. Oktober 2019
  • DIJ Forum
    18:30 ~ 20:30

    Universities in the Digital Age

Projekt: Tokyo Olympics

„Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics“

Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf unserer → Projektseite.


Die Monographien des DIJ sind ab sofort
Open Access Open Access.

Downloads sind direkt hier verfügbar:
→ DIJ Monographien.

Bitte beachten Sie: Ausgaben sind ein Jahr nach der Erstveröffentlichung als Open Access verfügbar.

Join Us!

Das Institut sucht zu Beginn des Jahres 2020 eine Mitarbeiterin / einen Mitarbeiter (PDF, 68 KB).

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.

→ Event page

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!

→ Publication page

Call for Papers

Contemporary Japan
Ausgabe 32, Nr. 2
bis 1. August 2019

Contemporary Japan
Special Issue
bis 31. Juli 2019


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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