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DIJ Social Science Study Group

The DIJ Social Science Study Group is a forum for young scholars and Ph.D. candidates in the Social Sciences. Presentations on a scholar’s research project are about 45 minutes, followed by about 45 minutes of Q&A. The DIJ Social Science Study Group usually meets once a month, on a Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

If you are interested in presenting, please contact the Study Group organizers:

Susanne Brucksch
Steffen Heinrich
Phoebe Holdgrün
Hanno Jentzsch
Daniel Kremers


February 28, 2017
Are the elderly a cost factor for society or its safety net? A comparison of family regimes and National Transfer Accounts data in Germany and Japan


November 29, 2016
Between Nostalgia and Utopia: Alternative Lifestyles in Rural Japan

September 21, 2016
Going Global, but How? Diversity in Transnationalisation Processes of Japanese Labour Activism

Jan Niggemeier, Freie Universität Berlin

September 15, 2016
Disaster, Law and Justice in Japan: In the Tsunami of Debt and Lost Homes

Julius Weitzdörfer, University of Cambridge

September 1, 2016
Managing One’s Own Death: The Shūkatsu Industry and the Enterprising Self in an Ageing Society

July 13, 2016
Logics of Liberalization: Tracing Japan's Trajectory of Socio-Economic Institutional Change

Stefan Heeb, University of Geneva

July 6, 2016
Journalism and Disaster from a Cultural Perspective. A comparative reflection of German and Japanese media reporting on 'Fukushima'

Florian Meißner, Dortmund Technical University

June 29, 2016
Informative Activism and the Blogosphere in Japan after 311

Natalia Novikova, University of Tsukuba

May 19, 2016
Reproductive Decision-Making in Japan’s Low Birth Rate Society: Education about Family Planning and Fertility as a Remedy?

Isabel Fassbender, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

March 16, 2016
Democracy, Diversity, and Disaster Resilience: Towards a Theory of 3-Dimensional (3D) Risk Governance

Jackie F. Steele, University of Tokyo

February 3, 2016
Language and Institutions: Exploring the Origins of Seniority-Based Hierarchical Relations in Japanese School Club Activities

Zi Wang, University of Duisburg-Essen

January 20, 2016
“Coeds Ruining the Nation”: The Contested Postwar Politics of the Female Student

Chelsea Szendi Schieder, Meiji University


December 9, 2015
Framing and Networks in Japanese Nuclear Power Reporting

September 30, 2015
Why do the Young Stay? ‘Home-orientation‘ and Social Capital in Okinawa

September 24, 2015
Harmony with Nature? Satoyama Satoumi and Its Impact on Local Communities in Japan

Timo Thelen, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf

September 10, 2015
Nuclear Power in Japan after 3/11: An Inconspicuous Transformation

Florentine Koppenborg, Freie Universität Berlin

July 22, 2015
Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and NPOs: The Case of Food Banks in Japan

June 24, 2015
A New Dawn for Direct Democracy in Japan? Action and Mobilization Strategies of a Grassroots Movement

May 26, 2015
Deceleration: Phenomena and discourses in present-day Japan from cultural and literary perspectives

Evelyn Schulz, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich

May 20, 2015
Is Japan Transforming into a “Leisure Society”? Investigating Changes in Work and Leisure Values

April 15, 2015
From Solidaristic to Neoliberal Values? Responses to Income Inequality in Japan, Germany, Sweden, and the US

March 18, 2015
The Art of Living– Disaster Experience and Emotions in Artist`s Biographies in Contemporary Japan

February 4, 2015
How to Analyze the Distribution of Risks? Social Inequality Theory Re-Visited

Kenji Kawabata, University of Tokyo


December 3, 2014
North Korea and the Evolution of Japan’s Post-Cold War National Security Policy

November 5, 2014
Nationalism in Okinawa. Case Study of the Futenma base relocation

Ra Mason, University of Central Lancashire

September 24, 2014
Augmented Reality – Stakeholders of a new technology

July 23, 2014
The Challenge of ´Work-Food-Balance´: Working Mothers and their familial Meal-Supply Strategies

July 2, 2014
Japan’s Single Women and the Disembedding Economic System

Kumiko Endo, The New School for Social Research, New York

June 4, 2014
Meanings of graduate education for women in Japan: A study of University of Tokyo Alumnae in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Yuki Yamamoto, University of Wisconsin-Madison

May 14, 2014
The Japanese Anti-Nuclear Movement – Mobilization Processes After Fukushima

April 2, 2014
Japan’s Official Development Assistance: Strategies in Changing National and Global Contexts

March 5, 2014
A Swallow Does Not Make a Summer, Or Why Japan May Not Quite Be Germany When It Comes to Renewables

February 19, 2014
New Approaches to Elderly Care and Senior Citizens Engagement

February 13, 2014
The Impact of 3-11 on Japanese Public Opinion toward Energy

Paul Midford, University for Science and Technology, Trondheim

January 29, 2014
Gender socialization at primary school in contemporary Japan

Aline Henninger, INALCO, Waseda University


November 27, 2013
The Political Discourse of Regional Disparity in Japan: 1993-2013

Ken Victor Leonard Hijino, Keio University

October 30, 2013
Ikumen Generation – Support Networks for Japanese Fathers

Tabea Bienek, Free University Berlin

September 25, 2013
Shadow Education in Japan: the Juku-Phenomenon

September 18, 2013
The Absence of Armed Conflict in the East China Sea

June 26, 2013
How Wars Create Welfare: The Pacific War and Social Policy-Making in Japan

June 12, 2013
Yokohama Yankee: My Family’s Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan

Leslie Helm, Seattle Business Magazine

March 13, 2013
Political Shocks and their Effects on Japan-China Economic Relations – The Senkaku-Dispute of 2010 and 2012

February 20, 2013
Social Democracy in Japan – What’s Left?

January 23, 2013
Japan’s search for security: Building ‘strategic partnerships’ in the Asia-Pacific

Thomas S. Wilkins, University of Sydney


December 19, 2012
Civil-Military Relations in Japan - From Ignorance to Embrace?

November 14, 2012
Fiji Islanders in Japan: Transnational Ties and Ideas of Community in a Micro-Migrant Group

Dominik Schieder, Hitotsubashi University

October 31, 2012
Football fandom in Japan. An ethnographic study

Martin Lieser, University of Bonn

October 10, 2012
Housewives and Salarymen in Post-bubble Japan: A Changing Gender Contract?

Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni, Tel Aviv University

June 27, 2012
Better Half: Political Candidacy and the Electoral Role of the Spouse in Japan

Dyron Dabney, Albion College, Michigan

May 30, 2012
Why Japan's "Agile Youth" Will Lead Social Innovation in East Asia: New Possibilities & Outstanding Challenges

Tuukka Toivonen, University of Oxford