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11. März 2021

New book chapter by Barbara Geilhorn on post-3.11 plays

© Akashi Shoten

DIJ research fellow Barbara Geilhorn has contributed the chapter „Genjitsu wo henyō saseru fikushon. Okada Toshiki no engeki kara kore kara no nihon shakai wo yomitoku“ (Fiction that transforms reality: understanding the future of Japanese society through the plays of Toshiki Okada) to a new book publication on post-3.11 literature. Barbara’s chapter in Sekai bungaku toshite no ’shinsaigo bungaku‘ (‚Post-disaster literature‘ as world literature) discloses the political potentialities of theatrical space through an in-depth evaluation of two post-‘Fukushima’ plays by Okada Toshiki, who gained reputation for his socially engaged theatre. While Unable to See (2012) is a harsh satire, written for a foreign audience, Current Location (Genzaichi, 2012) addresses the fear of nuclear threat from the perspective of Tokyo inhabitants as science fiction. The chapter scrutinizes the significance of Okada’s recent concept of fiction as ‘recessive reality’ and argues for a major turning point in his work as triggered by the catastrophe. Barbara’s chapter is a result of her ongoing research project Local Issues Take Stage – Culture and Community Revitalization.

16. Februar 2021

New DIJ Working Paper on social movements in post-3.11 Japan

In the post-3.11 decade, Japan has seen at least two peaks in social movements: anti-nuclear protests in the year following the triple disaster of 2011 and a second one in 2015 in response to the Diet passing the National Security Act legislation. Together they mark the largest protest wave Japan has seen since the 1970s. In her latest DIJ Working Paper, deputy director Barbara Holthus introduces the findings of a large-scale survey undertaken in 2017 with close to 80,000 participants in the larger Tokyo metropolitan area. Questions focus on understanding who was sympathetic to the 3.11 movement, who was mobilized, and who participated in the protests. The goal was to understand what distinguishes the participants from the non-participants and to understand the role values and political views play in this. Gendered social movements in post-3.11 Japan: A survey report is the first English-language publication to present an overview of the data that was originally published in Japanese in 3.11go no shakai undō: 8mannin no dēta kara wakatta koto (eds. Naoto Higuchi & Mitsuru Matsutani) in 2020. This publication is part of Barbara’s ongoing research project Social movements and gender in post-3.11 Japan.


15. Februar 2021

New book chapter on Japanese occupation of China

© UBC Press

DIJ historian Torsten Weber has contributed a chapter on Chinese Asia discourse to the sourcebook Translating the Occupation. The Japanese Invasion of China, 1931–45, published by the University of British Columbia Press in February 2021 and edited by Jonathan Henshaw, Craig A. Smith, and Norman Smith. It is the first English-language volume to provide a diverse selection of important primary sources on Japan’s occupation of China translated from Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Torsten’s chapter „Finding China’s ‚Asia‘ in Japanese Asianism“ studies how Chinese elites in the pro-Japanese Reorganized National Government (1940-45) tried to find a balance between cooperation and resistance to Japan by appropriating Japanese Asianist rhetoric of a ‚New Order in East Asia‘ and an ‚East Asian League‘. This chapter draws on his earlier research on Japanese and Chinese Asianism and his monograph Embracing ‚Asia‘ in China and Japan. Asianism Discourse and the Contest for Hegemony (Palgrave 2018).

3. Februar 2021

Blog posts introduce survey on unmarried adults in Japan

© Nora Kottmann

Being single is an increasingly common experience for Japanese adults. Not only has the average age at first marriage risen continuously over the last decades, so too has the rate of permanent singlehood. Research on the unmarried is therefore critical to an understanding of contemporary Japanese society. DIJ social scientist Nora Kottmann and Laura Dales (University of Western Australia) are currently conducting a survey that aims to better understand how the lives and relationship worlds of unmarried adults (‘singles’) have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic and how this might affect future practices and perceptions of the increasing numbers of ‘singles’ in Japan (and beyond). Both researchers introduce this survey in their recent co-authored blog posts ‚Solo-camping and solo-hotpots: Rethinking practices and perceptions of singlehood in Japan in COVID-time‘ and ‚Looking to capture practices of intimacy in times of social distancing: Mixed-methods research on singles in Japan‘. Updates will be published on the project’s webpage.

5. Februar 2021

Free access to highlight article from Asian Business & Management

© Springer Nature Limited 2019

An article co-authored by DIJ director Franz Waldenberger was selected by Palgrave Macmillan and the editorial team of the Asian Business & Management journal as best content and can now be accessed for free. The original article „The distinctiveness and diversity of entrepreneurial ecosystems in China, Japan, and South Korea: an exploratory analysis“ by DIJ alumni Martin Hemmert and Florian Kohlbacher, Adam R. Cross, Ying Cheng, Jae‑Jin Kim, Masahiro Kotosaka, Franz Waldenberger, and Leven J. Zheng studies five major ecosystems located in Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Suzhou, and Chongqing. It focuses on the business conditions for information technology (IT) start-ups and reveals that these entrepreneurial ecosystems differ in various important aspects from leading Western counterparts, including in the growth and internationalization. It concludes that public policy should focus on supporting high-potential start-ups and strengthening the ecosystems’ global outreach. The article is an outcome of the DIJ research project Start-ups in Asia – the role of agglomerations and international linkages and can be accessed here.

1. Februar 2021

New working paper on ‚Unconventional Monetary Policy‘

©Markus Heckel/Kiyohiko G. Nishimura

A new working paper, co-authored by Senior Research Fellow Markus Heckel and Kiyohiko G. Nishimura (Graduate Institute for Policy Studies GRIPS/Center for Advanced Research in Finance CARF, University of Tokyo) examines the unconventional monetary policies of the Bank of Japan from 2002 to 2019 with a focus on open market operations. The CARF working paper Unconventional Monetary Policy through Open Market Operations: A Principal Component Analysis applies a principal component analysis to investigate the complexity of the operations. The authors find that four principal components (PCs) explain most of the variance of the Bank of Japan’s operations of various facilities and measures. They also observe that open market operations of the Shirakawa era (2008-2013) were the most complex, resulting in an increased number of PCs. In contrast, the corresponding number in the other eras has been at most two (Fukui, 2003-2008) and four (Kuroda, 2013-present). This paper is a result of Markus‘ research project Economic Discourses of Monetary Policy – The Case of the Bank of Japan.

21. Januar 2021

Review of special issue on Max Weber by Yufei Zhou


Max Weber’s popularity in Japan remains unbroken. To mark the 100th anniversary of his death, the prestigious intellectual journal Gendai Shisō (現代思想) has published a special issue (12/2020) dedicated to his works and intellectual influence. Leading Japanese intellectuals and Weber scholars have contributed 24 essays to this issue, including Mishima Ken’ichi („Disenchantment Reconsidered“), Suzuki Masahiro („Weber in Contemporary Chinese Thought“), and Konno Hajime („Imagining Max Weber as a Prophet“). For the Max Weber Foundation’s blog „Max Weber in der Welt“, our Senior Research Fellow and historian Yufei Zhou has written a detailed review of this special issue which introduces the individual contributions.

22. Dezember 2020

First issue of electronic DIJ Newsletter published

Newsletter screenshot © DIJ

After 23 years, the DIJ has replaced its print edition of the DIJ Newsletter with a new, email format. Most sections from our print version remain but we have also added some new ones, such as ‚DIJ in the Media‘, ‚Alumni News‘, and ‚Social Media‘. The new format enables us to share more information on our recent research and publication activities with you more directly and more frequently. Also new in this issue: you will find links to information on our DIJ webpages in German, Japanese, and English whenever content in these languages is available. We hope you will enjoy exploring this new DIJ Newsletter and the selection of activities and output of the DIJ and its researchers during the past months.
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Nächste Veranstaltungen

1. Oktober – 30. Oktober 2021

Buchausstellung „Welterbe in Japan“

20. Oktober 2021
  • DIJ Lecture Series Gender and Sexuality in East Asia
    18:30 ~ 20:00

    From learning good manners to training one’s own apprentices: Female rakugo performers on Tokyo’s stages

21. Oktober 2021
  • MWS Web Forum Series 'The Digital Transformation'
    21:00 ~ 23:00

    The Future of Society – National Ambitions and Strategies

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‘

What are different national ambitions and strategies to create The Future of Society? Find out in session 4 of our online #DX Web Forum Series, Thu Oct 21, 9-11 pm JST, with Yuko Harayama @riken_en, @UlrikeSchaede @GPS_UCSD & ... @DietmarHarhoff @mpi_inno_comp

Did you know that about 5% of Tokyo’s #rakugo performers are female and most enjoy a big fan following, incl. @s_sui_s? Join us next Wed, 20 Oct, for an online presentation by @SarahStarkTYO to find out more about female rakugo performers... #DIJStudyGroup

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