Axel Klein acquired his PhD in Japanese Studies, Political Science and Comparative Religion at the University of Bonn. His dissertation was on the electoral system as an object of reform. In 2005 Axel acquired the German qualification for professorship (Habilitation) with a comprehensive study on the political system of Japan. Since 2007 he is a senior research fellow at the DIJ, working on demographic change, forms of civil protest and new religious movements and their political activities.
During the 2007 House of Councilors election, Klein produced “Pictures atan Election or How to Get Votes in Japan“, a 78 min. long documentary. The film has been screened in Japan, the US and Europe, more than 100 universities in Asia, North America, Europe and the MIddle East have ordered “Pictures at an Election”. For more information click here