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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.


March 15, 2007
Comparative Corporate Governance

Christian Kirchner, Professor, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

February 15, 2007
Japan's Innovation Agendas

Taizo Yakushiji, Ph.D., Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office


December 14, 2006
Marital Satisfaction and Work-Life Balance: A Viewpoint Indispensable to Mitigating Fertility Decline

Kazuo Yamaguchi, Professor, The University of Chicago

November 16, 2006
Politeness in Intercultural Communication

Mayumi Usami, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

June 22, 2006
The Tokugawa Mating Game: Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in Historical Perspective

Satomi Kurosu, Professor, Reitaku University

May 18, 2006
Japanese Grand Strategies: Past and Future

Professor Richard J. Samuels, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

March 23, 2006
Images of Japanese society presented in the ‘New Civic Textbook’ by Tsukuru-kai. Solutions for demographic challenges and social change?

Klaus Vollmer, Professor, Munich University (LMU)

March 2, 2006
Ageing tourists, ageing destinations: tourism and demographic change in Japan

Carolin Funck, Professor, Hiroshima University

February 9, 2006
Regional Inequality in Japan: Income, Health, Life Style, and Stature

Jean-Pascal Bassino, Maison Franco-Japonaise

January 16, 2006
Foreign Policy and Nationalism in Contemporary Japan

Katsuyuki Yakushiji


December 15, 2005
Work/life balance in corporate Tokyo: Whose Work? Whose Life? Whose Balance?

Glenda Roberts, Professor, Waseda University

October 27, 2005
German Origins of Japanese Beer: Business and Consumption in Prewar Japan

Harald Fuess, Professor, Sophia University

September 22, 2005
Lowest-low Fertility in Japan: Causes, Policy Responses and Related Value Change

Makoto Atoh, Professor, Waseda University

July 5, 2005
Postindustrial Pressures, Political Regime Shifts, and Social Policy Reform in Japan and South Korea

Ito Peng, Professor, University of Toronto

June 16, 2005
Gendering the Culture of 1960s Japan

Vera Mackie, Professor, University of Melbourne

May 26, 2005
What is the corporation? How is it changing? A German and Japanese Comparison

Masahiko Aoki, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

March 31, 2005
Marriage in Japan in an Era of Declining Fertility Rates and Aging Society

Shirahase Sawako, Professor, Tsukuba University

March 3, 2005
The Japanese Family Revolution

Sepp Linhart, Professor, University of Vienna

January 11, 2005
Private Debt and Social Welfare in Japan: Consumer Finance, the "Middle-Risk Gap", and Japan's Social Contract

Ulrike Schaede, (Professor, University of California, San Diego)


December 7, 2004
Japan's New Party System

Steven R. Reed (Professor, Chūō University)

May 27, 2004
The Role of Religion in World War II - As seen in Germany, Japan and the US

Dr. Brian Victoria (University of Adelaide)

April 22, 2004
Difficult Neighbors: Japan and North Korea

Gavan McCormack (Professor, Australian National University)

April 1, 2004
Japanese Pilgrimage: Shinto Variations on a Buddhist Theme

Michael Pye (Professor, University of Marburg)

March 3, 2004
Change in Japanese Employment Institutions: The Case of Temporary Work

Dr. Karen A. Shire (Professor, Universität Duisburg-Essen)

February 5, 2004
国際刑法からみた東京裁判 (The Tokyo War Crimes Trial and International Criminal Law)

Dr. Philipp Osten (Ass. Prof., Keio University Tokyo)

January 15, 2004
Tales of Ise: A Short Visual Reception History

Joshua S. Mostow (Professor, The University of British Columbia)


December 9, 2003
Does E-Commerce Create A Level Playing Field? The Cases of Germany and Japan

Dennis Tachiki (Professor, Tamagawa University)

November 20, 2003
The Japanese Company: Management, Unions and Financial Performance

Dr. John Benson (Professor, University of Melbourne)

October 23, 2003
General Nogi's Wife and the Gender of the Modern Nation

Sharalyn Orbaugh (Professor, University of British Columbia)

October 2, 2003
Japanese Linguistics and Car-Navigation Technology

Viktoria Eschbach-Szabo (Professor, University of Tübingen, Germany)

June 17, 2003
College Graduates in Japanese Industries

Takenori Inoki (Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies)

May 29, 2003
Japanese Foreign Direct Investment in China: From Export-oriented Production to Domestic Marketing

Haruo Horaguchi (Professor, Hōsei University)

May 20, 2003
Lover of Women and a Friend of Men: A Poetics of Courtly Male Friendship in Heian Japan

Paul Schalow (Professor, Rutgers University)

April 22, 2003
The Japanese Sencha Tea Ceremony: History, Aesthetics and Accoutrements

Patricia J. Graham (PhD, University of Kansas)

February 10, 2003
The Two Faces of the Japanese Economy

Ulrike SCHAEDE (Professor, University of California at San Diego) &
SEKI Takaya (J-IRIS and Reitaku University)


June 20, 2002
The 'Dark Side' and the Bright Side: Coming to Grips with the New Japan

Alex Kerr

May 30, 2002
Civilizing Tokyo: Meiji Visions of a National Capital

Peter Duus (Professor, Stanford University)

April 11, 2002
A New Capital for Japan? The Construction Industry and the Geography of Power.

Winfried Flüchter (Professor, University Duisburg)

March 13, 2002
Antisemitism and Policies towards Jews in Japanese History

Gerhard Krebs (Guest Professor, FU Berlin)

February 21, 2002
Hakone Conference Revisited: Modernization and the Civil Society School in Postwar Japan

J. Victor Koschmann (Professor, Cornell University)


December 13, 2001
The Foreign Side of Fuji: Internationalizing the Mountain in Early-Modern Discourse

Ronald P. Toby (Professor, University of Illinois and University of Tokyo)

November 8, 2001
Monetary Policy and the Transformation of Japan's Economic Structure

Richard A. Werner (Sophia University and Profit Research Center Ltd.)

October 4, 2001
Labor Relations in the Japanese Civil Service

Ehud Harari (Professor, Hebrew University Jerusalem)

June 19, 2001
University Graduates’ Employment and Work: A Comparison between Japan and Europe

Ulrich Teichler (Professor, University of Kassel)

June 5, 2001
The Boogie Woogie Constitution and Postwar Literature: The Creolization of Culture in Occupied Japan

John Treat (Professor, Yale University)

May 17, 2001
Defining and Locating Japanese Literary Modernism

Janet Walker (Professor, Rutgers University)

April 11, 2001
Gender Equality and Women's Identity in Japan

Meguro Yoriko (Professor, Sophia University, Tokyo)

March 22, 2001
Japanese-Chinese Security Relations. The Japanese Way of Engagement

Reinhard Drifte (Professor, University of Newcastle upon Tyne)

January 30, 2001
How to Carve a Wind-Up Bird: Murakami Haruki in English

Jay Rubin (Professor, Harvard University)


November 10, 2000
Japan and Asia in the New Century

Ezra F. Vogel (Professor, Harvard University)