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As a trained Japanologist and political scientist, Sebastian Polak-Rottmann focuses on the resilience of local communities in Japan. He received his PhD in 2022 (Vienna) on the well-being and political participation in the Aso region in Southern Japan. He was part of an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Vienna, funded by the DOC-team grant of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has taught several classes on rural Japan and civil society, including a remote field trip to Kyushu in 2022. At the DIJ, he primarily works on local care and well-being in rural Japan.