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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien


Gakushuin University (East, Bldg. No. 2, 13th Floor, Conference Hall), Mejiro 1-5-1, Toshima-ku, Tokyo


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Marga Dinkel, DIJ

Language Regimes in Transformation. The Future of Japanese and German in Science, Economy and Politics

September 13 - September 14, 2005

 Over the past half-century German-Japanese relations have intensified. Economic relations, commercial exchange, scientific cooperation, university partnerships, student exchange programmes have increased steadily. At the same time, however, the interest in both countries for each other’s languages has been stagnant if not dwindling for some time being eclipsed by the overwhelming importance of English. Increasingly, therefore, Japanese and Germans speak English with each other, rather than German or Japanese. This is an issue concerning not only the shaping of bilateral relations between the two countries but the future of the German and Japanese language. At this time, both languages belong to the select group of the world’s languages that are suitable for scientific communication and, more generally, can be used in all communication domains. Whether or not this is desirable is a question seldom asked, because it is taken for granted. However, it is not clear that German and Japanese can sustain their full functional potential if their own speakers are using them in certain domains with lesser frequency. The diverging prerogatives of borderless communication in a single language, on one hand, and maintaining highly cultivated all-purposes languages, on the other, are obvious. Whether there are any feasible answers to the question of how to reconcile them is not. It is not so clear as it would seem whether English as the international lingua franca of science and economic transactions should or shouldn’t be welcomed. Arguments from both points of view must be scrutinized and weighed carefully. This symposium co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation, the German Institute for Japanese Studies and the Faculty of Law of Gakushuin University is intended to contribute to this process.


Day 1         September 13th (Tuesday)

09.30 – 09.45 h
opening remarks


09.45 – 10.30 h
Ist die auswärtige Förderung von Sprachen wie Deutsch oder Japanisch heute noch zeitgemäß?

Ulrich AMMON

10.30 – 11.15 h
Japanese Language Education and Globalization – Quandaries and Prospects


11.15 – 11.30
coffee break

11.30 – 12.15 h
Reinventing Language Policy in an Era of Globalisation


12.15 – 13.30 h
lunch break

13.30 – 14.15 h
Effects of Globalization on Minority Languages in Europe and Japan

Kiyoshi HARA

14.15 – 15.00 h
Debate on English as Official Language in Japan: Focus on the Opponents' Language Ideologies


15.00 – 15.30 h
coffee break

15.30 – 16.15 h
The Idea of Language Rights in the Age of Globalization and Democratic Governance


16.15 – 17.00 h
Tokio oder Tokyo? Tschudo oder Judo? – Zur Schreibweise fremdsprachiger Namen und Begriffe


17.00 – 17.30 h
Comments and discussion


Day 2         September 14th (Wednesday)

09.30 – 10.15 h
Language Use and Preference in Bio-Medical Communication in Japan


10.15 – 11.00 h
Ökonomische Einsprachigkeit und luxurierende Mehrsprachigkeit


11.00 – 11.15 h
coffee break

11.15 – 12.00 h
Zwei Kulturen des Wissens? Japanische und deutsche Wissenschaftssprache


12.00 – 13.30 h
lunch break

13.30 – 14.15 h
The Case for Choice. Language Preferences in Japanese Academic Publishing

Florian Coulmas

German Institute for Japanese Studies

14.15 – 15.00 h
Changing Economic Values of German and Japanese


15.00 – 15.30 h
coffee break

15.30 – 16.15 h
National Languages at a Time of Economic Globalisation: a New Rationality for Communities of Communication


16.15 – 16.45 h
General comments

Daniel LONG

16.45 – 17.00 h
Final remarks

Day 1         September 13th (Tuesday)

09.00 h
doors open

Day 2         September 14th (Wednesday)

09.00 h
doors open