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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
Sonja Ganseforth
Steffen Heinrich
Hanno Jentzsch
Nora Kottmann
Daniel Kremers


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

Raymond Yamamoto, German Institute for Japanese Studies

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

Sebastian Hofstetter, German Institute for Japanese Studies

Inger M. Bachmann, German Institute for Japanese Studies

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

Steve R. Entrich, German Institute for Japanese Studies

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

Roland Löchli, German Institute for Japanese Studies

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

Anna K. Skarpelis, German Institute for Japanese Studies

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

Franziska Schultz, German Institute for Japanese Studies

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

Felix Spremberg, German Institute for Japanese Studies

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?

Simon Schwenke, German Institute for Japanese Studies

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

March 19, 2012
Mapping Descent, Reconciling with the Past: Half-Japanese Descendants visiting their Fatherland

Eveline Buchheim, National Institute for War-, Holocaust- and Genocide Studies (NIOD), Amsterdam

February 29, 2012
Continuity and Transformation of Cultural Distinction in Contemporary Japan - The Case of Classical Music Fans and Architects

Yuki Fukiage and Jun Matsumura, Kwansei Gakuin University

February 8, 2012
Urban-Rural Relations in Contemporary Japan

Hiroe Kihara and Chika Sano, Kwansei Gakuin University

January 25, 2012
The Project "Healthy Japan 21" and the Japanese Health Promotion Law

Thomas Hüllein, German Institute for Japanese Studies

January 11, 2012
The People's Post Office: The History and Politics of the Japanese Postal System, 1871-2010

Patricia L. Maclachlan, University of Texas at Austin


December 21, 2011
Protecting Biodiversity: Global Challenges at the National Level

Asuka Ashida, Technical University Munich

October 19, 2011
Are We in Control of Our Choices? Organ Donation in Japan and Germany

Stefan Roesner, University of Bonn

June 8, 2011
Sexile to the Promised Land: Japanese Gay Migration to North America

Kunisuke Hirano, University of Tokyo


November 24, 2010
Japan’s Policymaking System under the DPJ: Towards Westminster-Style Government?

Patrick Köllner, GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

September 29, 2010
‘Modern’ Labels and ‘Postmodern’ Roleplaying? Stereotyping the ‘otaku’ vs. learning from the stranger

Björn-Ole Kamm, German Institute for Japanese Studies

September 15, 2010
Conservative contestations over gender equality and feminism: Discourses and practices

Maria Sachiko Baier, University of Vienna
Haruno Katō, Ochanomizu University

June 30, 2010
What Makes it OK to Leave: Explaining Divorce in Contemporary Japan

Allison Alexy, Lafayette College

March 31, 2010
“Contradictive Femininity” and Self-harm – A Social and Literary Analysis

Gitte Marianne Hansen

February 24, 2010
Blurring Boundaries: An Analysis of (In)dependent Contractors in Japan

Shizuka Jäger-Dresen, German Institute for Japanese Studies


December 2, 2009
The Rise of China and Changes in Japan’s Identity Construction

Kai Schulze, German Institute for Japanese Studies

September 9, 2009
Cool cities, creative economies, global hubs? Tokyo and London in comparative regional perspective

Adrian Favell, UCLA

July 22, 2009
Equality-oriented policies in Japan

Dan Tidten, German Institute for Japanese Studies

April 1, 2009
Playing Education Markets: Small Juku Operators, Ideology, and Resistance

Julian Dierkes, University of British Columbia

March 11, 2009
Civil Society Activities and the Social Integration of Immigrants: Juxtaposing Beppu and Halle

Frauke Kempka, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

February 25, 2009
Making Careers in the Occupational Niche: Chinese Students in Corporate Japan’s Transnational Business

Gracia Liu-Farrer, Ochanomizu University

January 28, 2009
Governing Beyond the Center: How Japan’s Local Democracy is Changing

Carmen Schmidt, Osnabrück University


December 10, 2008
Aiming for Gender Equality: Strategies of Policy Implementation in Japanese Prefectures

Phoebe Stella Holdgrün, German Institute for Japanese Studies

October 29, 2008
After the Trials: War Criminals and Social Integration in 1950s Japan and Germany

Franziska Seraphim, Boston College

September 10, 2008
Better late than never! Making Sense of Japan’s (belated) accession to the International Criminal Court

Kerstin Lukner, Duisburg-Essen University

July 23, 2008
The Role of Social, not Physical, Infrastructure: Civil Society and Post-Disaster Recovery

Daniel P. Aldrich, Purdue University

June 18, 2008
Reinventing Culinary Heritage in Northern Japan: Slow Food and ‘Traditional Vegetables’

Stephanie Assmann, Tohoku University, Sendai

May 28, 2008
Ikebana, Gender and International Identity

Nancy Stalker, University of Texas, Austin

April 23, 2008
Apron-Advocacy for the Good of the Nation State? Patterns of Political Participation among Nationalist Women in Contemporary Japan

Kimiko Osawa, University of Wisconsin, Madison

March 19, 2008
Intercultural Synergizers or Lost in Translation? American-Japanese Coworker Relations

Adam Komisarof, International Christian University (ICU)

February 20, 2008
Defying predictions: Germany and Japan as regional actors in the post-Cold War era

Alexandra Wittig, German Institute for Japanese Studies