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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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Event Series
21. Juli 2021

Next DIJ Method Talk on surveys in Japan

© Daiki Hiramori & Saori Kamano

In recent years, issues involving sexual and gender minorities have increasingly attracted attention in Japan. Addressing the lack of data to understand social inequality based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), Daiki Hiramori and Saori Kamano developed questions to measure SOGI on population-based surveys under the research project “Demography of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Building a Foundation for Research in Japan.” In their talk, they will report the results of a population-based survey and present findings from their preparatory studies and an experimental web survey. The speakers will conclude their talk by discussing two approaches to population sexuality to explore the possibility of a queer demography. Details and registration here

Daiki Hiramori, University of Washington, Seattle
Saori Kamano,
National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, Tokyo

9. Juli 2021

Keynote talk by Susanne Brucksch at Robotics Conference

Screenshot © ARSO

DIJ Principal Researcher Susanne Brucksch will be one of four keynote speakers at the 17th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts (ARSO 2021). In her keynote on Friday, July 9, Susanne will reflect on how the relationship between humans and devices in medical contexts can be specified when the sociocultural dimension of a particular locale is included. For instance, the study of the social context provides manifold insights on knowledge production, research and development processes, user contexts, and the institutional background of the making and application of medical devices. Examples from the research literature and case studies will illustrate these intersections. Her talk draws on her recently published co-edited volume Humans and Machines in Medical Contexts in Japan and her book chapter „Robotic Care Devices: Aktuelle Entwicklungen in der Pflegerobotik in Japan“ in Genese und Folgen der Pflegerobotik (in German).

25. Juni 2021

Understanding ‚Self-responsibility‘ in Japan – New DIJ Monograph

© Iudicium

Hostages in war zones, nuclear refugees from Fukushima, and workers in precarious conditions: all have been assigned personal responsibility for their situation by the Japanese word jikosekinin. The term – literally translated as “self-responsibility” – has become a keyword in contemporary Japanese society. But what does jikosekinin mean and how was the term established in the Japanese language? This study (in German) by Laura Blecken examines this multi-faceted concept by combining methods of conceptual history and discourse analysis with tools from the digital humanities. It traces the word back to its roots and creates a model for its different meanings through which various discourses converge. Finally, the study investigates how jikosekinin is used today by analyzing almost 40,000 blog posts. The latest volume in the DIJ Monographs Series examines the omnipresence of jikosekinin in everyday life and its role between traditional moral values and the impact of global neoliberalism. Details, including summaries of the book in English and Japanese, can be found here

25. Juni 2021

Workshop ‚Technology & Society in Japan and Beyond‘

Photo by Eddi Aguirre on Unsplash

Technical artefacts, technologies, and infrastructures are shaping our everyday life in manifold ways. At the same time, their development, promotion and/or rejection is influenced by cultural patterns, ethical principles, social values as well as power relations. This one-day workshop of the Research Initiative ‘Technology & Society in Japan and Beyond’ brings together scholars who share an interest in the analysis of co-construction processes of technology and society in Japan and beyond. Twelve speakers will address the themes ‚User, Visions and Technology Development‘ and ‚Ethics, Health and Technology in Context‘. The workshop takes place online on June 25 and is organized by Susanne Brucksch and Cosima Wagner (FU Berlin). Details and registration here

23. Juni 2021

Gender & Sexuality series lecture on women in Japanese videogames

© Rachael Hutchinson

This presentation examines the representation of women in Japanese videogames, situating the depiction of female bodies in terms of political discourse. Focusing on the online card-based wargame Kantai Collection, it analyzes how attributes of Japanese warships are reflected in the physical characteristics of women. At the same time, Kantai Collection is highly political in its theme, representation of women, and enactment of war memories. This presentation examines the game and related artefacts as part of a popular politicization of WWII by Japanese artists, also seen in the recent spate of blockbuster revisionist films, as well as Nazi imagery and narratives in anime and manga. It argues that the hyper-sexualization of women in Kantai Collection contributes to the exoticization of war as distant and unreal, in a continued context of controversial war memories in Japan. This event is part of the DIJ’s lecture series ‚Gender and Sexuality in East Asia‘. Details and registration here

Rachael Hutchinson, University of Delaware

23. Juni 2021

Live-stream Tokyo Olympics book presentation

© Wolfram Manzenreiter / Universität Wien

DIJ deputy director Barbara Holthus and our alumni Hanno Jentzsch and Florian Purkarthofer as well as Wolfram Manzenreiter (all Japanese Studies, University of Vienna) will present their chapters from Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics at a panel discussion and book presentation on June 23. They will be joined by Georg Spitaler (Association for the History of the Workers‘ Movement, Vienna) and Corina Gallmetzer (University Library, University of Vienna). The book is an outcome of the DIJ’s special project on the Tokyo Olympics and is available for free download (open access) on the publisher’s website. The event will take place online and can be viewed via live-stream. Details and registration here

17. Juni 2021

Recovery Games under the Mask – Joint JDZB & DIJ panel discussion

Screenshot JDZB

Olympic and Paralympic Games last on average 34 days – the preparations of the host city, however, take years. The Games have a significant impact on the cityscape, politics, society, economy, and public discourse of its host city and country. To discuss social, political, economic, and historical aspects of the Games, the Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB) in cooperation with the DIJ hosts a virtual book talk and panel discussion, preceded by short input statements by DIJ researchers Sonja Ganseforth, Barbara Holthus, and Torsten Weber, DIJ alumnus Axel Klein (Duisburg-Essen University), and Wolfram Manzenreiter (University of Vienna). They have all contributed to the DIJ special project on the Tokyo Olympics and are authors of the recent publication Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics (Routledge 2020, open access). The event will be moderated by Alastair Gale, Japan Editor at The Wall Street Journal. Details and registration here

3. Juni 2021

„Sophistication with understatement“ – Franz Waldenberger interviewed on Japanese radio

Screenshot J-Wave

DIJ director Franz Waldenberger shared his views on Japanese and German society in an interview series with Oguro Kazumi, the host of Lohas Talk on J-Wave radio. Franz introduced the institute, its research, and his own interests in Japanese society and economy. He revealed that he had a „positive culture shock“ when he first came to Japan and that he was impressed with the unique „atmosphere“, importance of „human relations“, and „politeness“. The talk also touched upon women in politics, work-style, and work-life-balance. „In Germany, above all result matters but in Japan people are praised for their efforts“, he observed. On energy politics, Franz criticized that calculations of the costs of nuclear energy in Japan usually omit the costs for the disposal of nuclear waste. He praised the appeal of Japanese culture which, however, the Japanese themselves did not promote enough due to their attitude of „sophistication with understatement“. An audio file of the talk (in Japanese) is available here.

Nächste Veranstaltungen

27. September 2021
  • Workshop
    19:00 ~ 21:00

    Studying Japan. Perspectives from 'Inside' and 'Outside'

30. September 2021
  • DIJ Gender & Sexuality Lecture Series
    18:30 ~ 20:00

    Touching the Unreachable: Love of the Object and of the Self through Kawabata

  • MWS Web Forum Series 'The Digital Transformation'
    21:00 ~ 23:00

    Governance in the Digital Age

7. Oktober 2021
  • DIJ Business & Economics Study Group
    18:00 ~ 19:30

    Japan’s economic management: decades of self-induced paralysis?

  • Workshop (Tag 1)
    21:00 ~ 00:00

    Fascism in Motion: Concepts, Agents and the Global Experiences

8. Oktober 2021
  • Workshop (Tag 2)
    ~ Oktober 9, 2021

    Fascism in Motion: Concepts, Agents and the Global Experiences

9. Oktober 2021
  • Workshop (Tag 3)
    ~ Oktober 10, 2021

    Fascism in Motion: Concepts, Agents and the Global Experiences

Vorübergehende Schließung des Instituts

Einer Empfehlung des japanischen Ministeriums für Gesundheit, Arbeit und Wohlfahrt bezüglich Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung des Coronavirus folgend bleibt das Institut (inkl. Bibliothek) bis auf Weiteres für Publikumsverkehr geschlossen. Falls Sie Interesse haben, unsere Buchausstellung zum Welterbe in Japan zu besuchen, setzen Sie sich bitte vorab per Email mit unserer Bibliothek in Verbindung.

DIJ Forschung zum 11. März

Eine Übersicht über aktuelle Publikationen und Aktivitäten des Instituts und seiner Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler zu den Folgen der Dreifachkatastrophe vor zehn Jahren finden Sie auf unserer Sonderseite 10 Years After 3.11 – A Collection of DIJ Research on the ‚Triple Disaster‘

Neue Konjunkturprogramme oder doch Normalisierung der Geldpolitik? DIJ Ökonom Markus Heckel kommentiert die geldpolitischen Maßnahmen der Bank of Japan in @DiePressecom: "in der Rhetorik wird
oft versucht, die Risiken runterzuspielen." ... @FelixLill

How does #DigitalTransformation impact gender equality, health & regulation? Find out in the 2nd session 'Governance in the Digital Age' of our Web Forum Series, Sept 30 (9 pm JST) with speakers @hayaschik ... @mesahinol @franzDIJTokyo

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Tokyo Olympics

„Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics“

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DIJ Monographienreihe

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