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DIJ Forum

Since March 1997, the DIJ has been organizing a public lecture series called DIJ Forum where internationally renowned scholars and researchers speak on topics of general interest. The DIJ Forum usually takes place once a month and is aimed at both an academic and general audience alike.

Selected lectures are available as audio or video files. They can be downloaded from our Podcast page or viewed on our YouTube channel


December 3, 2020
From New Normal to New Work?
Insights from Japan and Germany

Andrea Hammermann, German Economic Institute
Nobuko Nagase, Ochanomizu University
Michael Johannes Pils, Taylor Wessing
Chisako Takaya, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Moderated by Franz Waldenberger, DIJ

November 9, 2020
Quo Vadis, Central Banks? Monetary Policy in the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond

Kiyohiko G. Nishimura, former Bank of Japan Deputy Governor (2008-2013)
Katrin Assenmacher, Head of the Monetary Policy Strategy Division, ECB
Moderated by Kazuo Momma, Executive Economist, Mizuho Research Institute

September 9, 2020
Economic Policy Responses to the Covid-19 Crisis in the Euro Area and Japan

Masaaki Shirakawa, former Bank of Japan Governor (2008-2013)
Volker Wieland, member of the German Council of Economic Experts
Moderated by Yuri Okina, Chairperson of The Japan Research Institute

June 18, 2020
How Real Are Numbers?
Making Sense of National COVID-19 Statistics

May 27, 2020
National Approaches to Systemic Risk
Germany and Japan under the COVID-19 Crisis

February 17, 2020
Money, parenting and happiness: A comparative and historical perspective

Hiroshi Ono, Hitotsubashi University Business School
Matthias Doepke, Northwestern University

February 13, 2020
US-Japan Relations under Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe


December 12, 2019
User-driven Innovation in Health- & Elderly Care in Japan

Sarah Cosentino, Waseda University
Nobu Ishiguro, Osaka University

November 28, 2019
The Future of Society – German and Japanese Perspectives

October 31, 2019
A New Era of Immigration? Japan’s Guest Worker Programs in Comparative Perspective

Naoto Higuchi, Tokushima University
Kristin Surak, University of London

October 4, 2019
Universities in the Digital Age

Bernd Huber, President of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Miho Funamori, Strategy Manager at the Research Center for Open Science and Data Platform at National Institute of Informatics

September 19, 2019
Renewable Energy in Germany and Japan - Prospects for the Citizen Energy Movement

Carsten Herbes, Nuertingen-Geislingen University, Germany
Jörg Raupach-Sumiya, Ritsumeikan University, Osaka
Eiji Oishi, Minna Denryoku, Tokyo

August 1, 2019
The Mountains Belong to Everybody? Conflicts about Recreational Forest Use in Austria and Japan

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

May 23, 2019
Androids and Virtual Reality – Simulations of the Human in Japanese Theatre

Mari Boyd, Sophia University, Tokyo
M. Cody Poulton, University of Victoria, Canada

April 18, 2019
Protecting Children in Family Separation

Yuko Nishitani, Kyoto University
Noriko Odagiri, Tokyo International University

March 4, 2019
Regulating for a Better Work-life Balance: German and Japanese Experiences

Hartmut Seifert, WSI Düsseldorf
Katsutoshi Kezuka, Chuo University


October 25, 2018
Tokyo 2020 and Beyond: Legacies from Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games

Munehiko Harada, Waseda University
John D. Horne, Waseda University
Wolfram Manzenreiter, University of Vienna

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

March 9, 2017
Energiewende エネルギー転換 - The Future of Energy Transition in Germany and Japan

Dimitri Pescia, Agora Energiewende
Mika Ōbayashi, Renewable Energy Institute

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

February 20, 2017
Staatsverschuldung – Warum setzt Deutschland auf Konsolidierung?

Bernhardt Schulte-Drüggelte, MdB


November 24, 2016
Diversity – Limits and Opportunities

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