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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


    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

    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