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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


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

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