Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien nav lang search
Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Barbara Holthus

Barbara Holthus
Stellvertretende Direktorin
Seit April 2018

Profil auf ORCID

Barbara Holthus holds two Ph.D. degrees, in Japanese Studies from the University of Trier, Germany, 2006, and in Sociology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2010. Before taking up the position of deputy director at the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo in April 2018, she was assistant professor at the Department of East Asian Studies / Japanese Studies at the University of Vienna. Her research is on marriage and the family, child care, happiness and well-being, volunteering, media, gender, rural Japan, as well as demographic and social change. She was principal investigator of a German Science Foundation (DFG) funded research project on comparing parental well-being in Germany and Japan (2014-2017). Her most recent publications are Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics (2020; co-editors I. Gagne, W. Manzenreiter, F. Waldenberger). Parental well-being: Satisfaction with work, family life, and family policy in Germany and Japan (2018; co-editor H. Bertram), Life course, happiness and well-being in Japan (2017; co-editor W. Manzenreiter), Happiness and the good life in Japan (2017; co-editor W. Manzenreiter).
You can reach Barbara at or follow her Twitter account @barbGhawaii.

Laufende DIJ Projekte

The Sociology of Pets in Contemporary Japan

Regionale Unterschiede des Wohlbefindens in Japan

Gender und soziale Bewegungen nach 3.11

COVID-19: Japans Umgang mit einer neuen Herausforderung im internationalen Vergleich

Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics

Eltern gegen Radioaktivität. Eine Fallstudie

Abgeschlossene DIJ Projekte

The meaning of local community for happiness and selfhood

Parental well-being in the rural periphery of Germany and Japan: Choices, challenges, and considerations

Gender and Political Participation in post-3/11 Japan

Soziale Aspekte der Fertilitätsentwicklung in Japan

Eheliches Glück und Unglück: Eine Diskursanalyse japanischer Frauenzeitschriften

Elterliches Wohlbefinden: Ein Deutsch-Japanischer Vergleich

Großes Ostjapanisches Erdbeben

Kindertagesstätten in der Debatte um Japans niedrige Geburtenrate

Fertilität und soziale Stratification