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DIJ Forum

Since March 1997, the DIJ has been holding open lectures called DIJ Forum. In these lectures, internationally established scholars discuss topics of general interest.

Selected lectures are available as audio files and can be downloaded from our Podcast page.


October 18, 2018
The Politics of Subnational Spaces in Japan and China

Carolyn Cartier, University of Technology, Sydney
Franz Waldenberger, German Institute for Japanese Studies

October 4, 2018
Kōmeitō and Sōka Gakkai’s Transforming Relationship: How Changes in Politics and Religion Affect Japan Today

Asayama Taichi, Ritsumeikan University
Axel Klein, University Duisburg-Essen
Levi McLaughlin, North Carolina State University

June 6, 2018
Destiny: The Secret Operations of the Yodogō Exiles

Patricia G. Steinhoff, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Scott North, Osaka University

April 25, 2018
Japanese Development Cooperation as a Political Tool

Marie Söderberg, Stockholm School of Economics
Naohiro Kitano, Waseda University

April 5, 2018
space AGE space - Elderly Care in a Digitally Connected World

Thomas Bock, Technical University of Munich
Shuichi Matsumura, The University of Tokyo


December 1, 2017
From Flexible Rigidities to Embracing Diversity? Work-related Diversity and its Implications in Japan and Beyond

Andrea Dorothea Bührmann, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Mieko Takenobu, Wako University, Tokyo

October 26, 2017
Japan votes (again): A review of the Lower House election 2017

Koichi Nakano, Sophia University
Chris Winkler, Hokkaido University

September 28, 2017
Changing dynamics of multilevel democracy in Japan

Ken Victor Leonard Hijino, Kyoto University
Yamada Kyohei, Rikkyo University

May 11, 2017
Living Diversity: A Comparative View on Identity, Gender and Sexual Orientation in Contemporary Japan and Germany

İpek İpekçioğlu, DJ, producer and curator, Berlin & Istanbul
Tomoya Hosoda, Councilor of Iruma City, Saitama
Professor Akiko Shimizu, PhD, The University of Tokyo

March 22, 2017
The Status of Japanese Career Women in their Professional and Private Life

Markus Pudelko, The University of Tübingen
Noelle Takahashi, Women’s Leadership Advocate

February 23, 2017
Who pays for whom? Intergenerational Transfers in Japan and Germany

Naohiro Ogawa, The University of Tokyo
Gerhard Naegele, Technical University of Dortmund


November 10, 2016
Victimhood Nationalism in the Transnational Memory Space

Jie-Hyun Lim, Sogang University Seoul
Andrew Horvat, Josai International University

October 13, 2016
Changing Gender Orders and Diversity in Comparative Perspective: Growing Flexibility of Work and Life Strategies

Ilse Lenz, Professor emeritus at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB)
Glenda Roberts, Professor at Waseda University

July 28, 2016
Diversity and Inclusion in the Japanese Workplace

Tomoki Sekiguchi, Osaka University

Comments by
Sierk Horn, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Hendrik Meyer-Ohle, National University of Singapore

June 2, 2016
Five Things You'd Want to Know in Explaining Japan's Surrender in 1945

Sheldon Garon, Princeton University
Yukiko Koshiro, Nihon University

May 18, 2016
Health Care in Japan: How Sustainable is the System?

Ludwig Kanzler, Hanegi Solutions
Kenji Shibuya, The University of Tokyo

February 18, 2016
Meeting the Challenge of Globalization – Comparing Korean and Japanese Global Human Resource Management

Martin Hemmert, Korea University
Hitoshi Yamanishi, Nomura Group


December 11, 2015
Atomenergie – warum hört Deutschland auf, warum macht Japan weiter?
原子力 – なぜドイツは止めるか、なぜ日本は続けるか

Professor em. Dr. Joachim Radkau
Professor Hitoshi Yoshioka

November 17, 2015
Creating a Society in which all Women Shine?

Haniwa Natori, President of BPW Japan; former Director of the Cabinet Office Gender Equality Bureau
Yuki Tsuji, Associate Professor, Tokai University

October 8, 2015
Trust and Risks in Changing Societies

Toshio Yamagishi, Hitotsubashi University/Hokkaido University
Jens Zinn, University of Melbourne

September 16, 2015
The truth about the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister of Japan

June 11, 2015
Encouraging Entrepreneurial Spirit in Japan

Robert Tobin, Keio University

Comment by
Ikuo Hiraishi, SunBridge Global Ventures Inc.

May 14, 2015
Transforming Japan Into an Energy Rich Country - What Needs to be Done?

Tomas Kåberger, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (Chair of Executive Board)

Comment by
Yasuyo Yamazaki, Kuni Umi Asset Management

April 9, 2015
Japan’s Corporate Governance Code - Driver of Change?

Nicholas Benes, BDTI
Takaya Seki, Corporate Practice Partner Inc.

January 22, 2015
Industrial Policy in the 21st Century: The Case of Japan

Professor Stefan Lippert, Temple University (Japan Campus)


December 2, 2014
Risk and Opportunity – Japan Confronting Uncertain Futures

Franz Waldenberger, German Institute for Japanese Studies

November 19, 2014
Strengths and weaknesses of national research and innovation systems – comparing Germany and Japan

Professor Tateo Arimoto, GRIPS and JST
Professor Dietmar Harhoff, MPI for Innovation and Competition and EFI

September 11, 2014
Time and Culture

Florian Coulmas, German Institute for Japanese Studies

July 30, 2014
Improving The People’s Lot? Well-Being Between Promise And Reality

Panel Discussion

June 12, 2014
Effects of the Hierarchical Nature of Social Networks in Japanese/Asian Context: A Survey Approach

Professor Ken’ichi Ikeda, Doshisha University

May 29, 2014
Three Myths about the Japanese Red Army: What you Think you Know is Probably Wrong!

Professor Patricia G. Steinhoff, University of Hawaii

April 10, 2014
Opportunities and Constrains for Japanese Women Pursuing a Career: Between Self-fulfilment and Frustration

Markus Pudelko, Professor, University of Tübingen

March 19, 2014
Citizen Radiation Measurement Stations after 3.11: Food Safety Knowledge Gaps and the Problem of “Citizen” in Citizen Science

Aya H. Kimura, Professor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

February 6, 2014
Knowing one's Enemy: Japan's Korean Community, and Those Who Hate Them

Tom Gill, Professor, Meiji Gakuin University

January 23, 2014
Language, Security and Freedom in Okinawa

Patrick Heinrich, Professor, Dokkyo University


December 5, 2013
Public Happiness in Japan

Andrew Sutter, Professor, Rikkyo University

November 8, 2013
Research-oriented Start-ups in Japan: What they are and what they do

Hiroyuki Okamuro, Professor, Hitotsubashi University

October 17, 2013
The Rise of Ikumen (child caring fathers) in Contemporary Japan

Masako Ishii-Kuntz, Professor, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo

September 26, 2013
Is Japan a Lead Market for Age-Based Innovations?

Cornelius Herstatt, Professor, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)

July 9, 2013
What's Wrong With Japan? ...It's the Politics!

Ellis Krauss, Professor, University of California San Diego

June 13, 2013
Training Women for Disasters: Gender, "Crisis Management (Kiki Kanri)" and Post-Fukushima Nationalism in Japan

Mire Koikari, Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa,Women’s Studies

May 30, 2013
The Great Transformation of Japanese Capitalism (1980-2010)

Sébastien Lechevalier, Professor, L’ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

April 11, 2013
Japanese Companies Respond to the Unforeseen: The 3/11 Disaster, Population Ageing, and Environmentalism

Kenichi Matsuno, Professor, Babson College & Visiting Professor, Josai University & Josai International University

March 7, 2013
Shrinking Rural Communities in Japan: Community ownership of assets as a development potential?

Thomas Feldhoff, PD, Frankfurt University

February 14, 2013
The Cost of NIMBY: Policy Images, Foreign Blueprints and Civil Society’s Assault on Japan’s Post-Fukushima Energy Policy

Paul J. Scalise, The University of Tokyo

January 17, 2013
Social Capital in Post-Disaster Recovery

Daniel Aldrich, Professor, Purdue University


December 13, 2012
Welfare States and the Redistribution of Happiness

Hiroshi Ono, Professor, Texas A&M University

November 15, 2012
Who Will Care for Me When I'm Dead?
Ancestors, Homeless Spirits, and New Afterlives in Low Fertility Japan

Satsuki Kawano, Professor, University of Guelph

October 18, 2012
Sustainable Development, Frontier of Business, and its Application to Tohoku

Yoshitaka Okada, Sophia University, Faculty of Liberal Arts

September 27, 2012
The Truth About Mothers

Dave McCaughan, Director of Truth Central, McCann Worldgroup