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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.


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

July 5, 2012
Why America Spends While Japan and Europe Save

Sheldon Garon, Princeton University, East Asian Studies

June 25, 2012
Happiness: The View from Economics

Bruno Frey, Professor, University of Zurich, Department of Economics

April 5, 2012
Happiness in Japan before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Yukiko Uchida, Professor, Kyoto University, Kokoro Research Center

March 8, 2012
The Japanese Economy one Year after Fukushima

Franz Waldenberger, German Institute for Japanese Studies

February 9, 2012
Bridging the Cultural Divide: University-Industry Research Collaborations in Japan, the United States and Korea

Martin Hemmert, Professor, Korea University Business School

January 12, 2012
Rethinking Japanese Public Opinion and Security: From LDP to DPJ Rule

Paul Midford, Norwegian University for Science and Technology Trondheim


December 1, 2011
The Future of "Old" Industry in Japan: Hollowing Out, Growing with Asia, or Switching to Services?

Martin Schulz, Fujitsu Research Institute (FRI)

November 2, 2011
The Role of Giving and Volunteering for Post-Disaster Reconstruction

Naoto Yamauchi, Professor, Osaka University

October 13, 2011
What is a Happy Family? German and Japanese Case Studies

Christoph Wulf, Free University Berlin / Shoko Suzuki, Kyoto University

September 29, 2011
Sustainability Issues in the Super-Aged Society - Prospecting the “Platinum Society”

Hiroshi Komiyama, Chairman of the Institute, Mitsubishi Research Institute

August 31, 2011
Aftermath: Religion in the Wake of Aum

June 9, 2011
The Future Hope of Japan - Aerospace Science and Technology Developments of JAXA

Midori Nishiura, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

May 19, 2011
The Secrets of "Sūpā Rōjin": Fundamentals of a Successful Aging Society in Japan

Hiroshi Shibata, Professor, University of Human Arts and Sciences

February 3, 2011
Inventing Ise: the Ise Shrines in Meiji Japan

John Breen, SOAS, University of London / International Research Center for Japanese Studies


December 15, 2010
Religion and Politics. Japan, Germany and Switzerland in Comparison

November 18, 2010
Explaining the Collapse of the LDP Regime

Jun Saito, Yale University

June 10, 2010
Post-racial Obama in Japan? Struggles of Blood Ideology Amid Calls for Change

Christine R. Yano, Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa

May 27, 2010
Where are Japanese universities heading?

Inoki Takenori, Director-General, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)

April 1, 2010
Policing obesity in Japan. Health politics and Japanese-style risk society

Wolfram Manzenreiter, Ass. Professor, University of Vienna

January 21, 2010
World Class beyond Toyota – Japanese “Hidden Champions”

Stefan Lippert, Professor, Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business, Tokyo


December 17, 2009
Happy Workplace for Innovation in Japanese Companies

Noboru Konno, Professor, Tama Graduate School of Management and Information Science

November 19, 2009
Sōka Gakkai and the Politics of Happiness

George Ehrhardt, Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University (USA)

November 4, 2009
Wellbeing in feminism and gender policies in Germany and Japan

Ilse Lenz, Professor, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

September 17, 2009
Modernization and Life Satisfaction in Japan in a Comparative Perspective - A Theoretical and Empirical Approach

Wolfgang Jagodzinski, Professor, University of Cologne

June 25, 2009
Towards an Economics of Happiness: From GNP to GNH

Shinichi Tsuji, Professor, Meiji Gakuin University

May 14, 2009
Sex and the City: The Search for Kitto, Motto, Zutto Happiness in Manhattan and Tokyo

Janet Shibamoto-Smith, Professor, University of California

April 23, 2009
Going Green? Japan and the Energy/Environmental Crisis

Andrew DeWit, Professor, Rikkyo University

March 19, 2009
Indulgent Parsimony During the Great Recession of 2009 - Is Japan a Special Case?

Kenneth Alan Grossberg, professor, Waseda Business School

February 12, 2009
The Japanese State and the Myth of Late Development

Gregory J. Kasza, Professor, Indiana University

January 22, 2009
Stability and Fluidization of the Social Stratification System in Contemporary Japan

Yoshimichi Sato, Professor, Tohoku University, Sendai


November 13, 2008
東アジアの国際政治と日本 (East Asia’s International Politics and Japan)

Akihiko Tanaka, Professor, University of Tokyo

October 2, 2008
The Silver Market Phenomenon: A German-Japanese Perspective

Cornelius Herstatt, Professor, Hamburg University of Technology, TUHH

July 17, 2008
Electoral Systems and Party Personnel

Robert Pekkanen, Professor, University of Washington

June 5, 2008
Choose and Focus – The Transformation of Japanese Business Strategies

Ulrike Schaede, Professor, University of California, San Diego

May 15, 2008
Policy for the Elderly in Japan

John C. Campbell, Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo

April 17, 2008
Beyond Bush: Japan and Germany in the American Imperium

Peter J. Katzenstein, Professor, Cornell University

March 27, 2008
Japan’s Foreign Policy: Between the Pacific Ocean and the Asian Continent

Kazuhiko Togo, former Ambassador, Professor Temple University

February 21, 2008
Consumer Perception of Cause-Related Marketing

Emmanuel Chéron, Professor, Sophia University

January 24, 2008
日本のテレビCMにおける外国要素の役割 (The role of foreign elements in Japanese television commercials)

Shigeru Hagiwara , Professor, Keio University, Tokyo


December 6, 2007
Cohabitation and First Marriage in Japan

Jim Raymo, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

November 8, 2007
Evolving Japanese Perspectives on Death and Dying

Alfons Deeken, Professor Emeritus, Sophia University

October 11, 2007
Labor market reform in aging Japan: A key for the structural reform plan

Naohiro Yashiro, Professor, International Christian University

September 13, 2007
English in elementary schools? An overview of the issues

Kensaku Yoshida, Professor, Sophia University

June 21, 2007
The Agony of Eldercare: Two Japanese Women Directors Study an Age-Old Problem

Keiko McDonald, Professor, University of Pittsburgh