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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Alexandra Wittig

Political Sciences
Since September 2007
(PhD Students, September 1, 2007 - February 29, 2008)


  • Japanese foreign and security policy vis-à-vis Northeast Asia
  • Foreign policy of Japan and Germany in comparison
  • Japan-Korea relations

Abstract of research project

Working title: “Germany and Japan as Regional Actors – A Role Theoretical Comparison”

The ojective of this research project is to examine Germany’s and Japan’s foreign and security policy in the context of the European and East Asian regionalization processes since the end of the Cold War in 1989. In order to explain both countries’ individual foreign policy behavior and styles within their respective region, this dissertation will compare and analyze how German and Japanese political elites have defined their country’s position and role in the regionalization processes based on a role theoretical approach. In doing so, the dissertation will examine how views on foreign and security policy and its implementation differ in Germany and Japan and identify the underlying norms and values informing such views.