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Axel Klein

Axel Klein
Japanese Studies, Political Science
Since June 2007
(Senior Research Fellows, June 1, 2007 - September 30, 2011)

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

DIJ Projects

Completed DIJ Projects

Happiness in Japan: Continuities and Discontinuities

Religious organizations and the politics of happiness

Political Responses to Low Fertility in Japan

Fertility and Social Stratification

Challenges of Demographic Change

Memberships

Selected Publications

Articles

2011
Actors of Social Policy Making in Japan: A Look at the Individual Level
In: Lützeler, Ralph; Coulmas, Florian (Ed.) Imploding Populations in Japan and Germany. DIJ Publications. Brill. pp. 229-245.
2008
Japan: Goldgräber am Silbermarkt
In: Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, 10.2008. pp. 32-35.
2008
Studies on the Japanese Political System
In: Ölschleger, Hans Dieter (Ed.) Theories and Methods in Japanese Studies: Current State and Future Developments. Göttingen: V & R unipress, Bonn University Press. pp. 141-151.
2008
Die Professionalisierung der Wählerwerbung in Japan
In: Grabow, Karsten; Köllner, Patrick (Ed.) Parteien und ihre Wähler – Gesellschaftliche Konfliktlinien und Wählermobilisierung im internationalen Vergleich. Sankt Augustin / Berlin: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. pp. 151-167.
2008
Ineffectiveness Accepted: Why Candidates in Japan are Slow to Change Their Suboptimal Campaign Style
In: Japan aktuell, 1/2008. pp. 73-87.
2008
Seiji ni tsukareru doitsu no yūkensha (Die Politikverdrossenheit deutscher Wähler)
In: Kōmei, 5.2008. pp. 2-9.
2007
Japans Kernreformen: Persönliche Handlungsspielräume und strukturelle Hindernisse (Japan’s Core Reforms: Individual Maneuvering and Structural Impediments)
In: Behrens, Michael; Legewie, Jochen (Ed.) Japan nach Koizumi. Wandel in Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Baden-Baden: Nomos. pp. 37-48.
2007
Der Konflikt um japanische Schulgeschichtsbücher - Ein Beitrag zur Einordnung und Objektivierung der Kontroverse (Conflict about Japanese History Text Books – An Attempt on Finding the Way Back to a More Objective Perspective)
In: Conermann, S. (Ed.) Asien heute - Konflikt ohne Ende (Asia Today – Endless Conflict). Hamburg: EB-Verlag.
2006
Political Leadership in Japan. Premierminister Koizumi und der ‚japanische Führungsstil’ (Prime Minister Koizumi and Political Leadership Japanese Style)
In: Pohl, Manfred; Wieczorek, Iris (Ed.) Japan 2006. Politik und Wirtschaft (Japan 2006. Politics and Economy). Hamburg: Institut für Asienkunde. pp. 29-41.
2006
LDP-Wahlkampf im Zeitalter der Mediatisierung - Ein Stück politischer Kultur im Wandel (The LDP’s Election Campaigning in Times of Mediatisation – Political Culture in Flux)
In: JapanAktuell. April 2006, Nr. 2/2006. Hamburg: Institut für Asienkunde. pp. 33-44.
2006
Doitsu ni okeru nihon no seiji no kenkyū (Research on the Political System of Japan in Germany)
In: Hōsei Daigaku und Forschungsstelle Modernes Japan (Universität Bonn) (Ed.) Doitsugoken ni okeru nihon kenkyū no genjō (The Present State of Research on Japan in the German Language Regions). Tokyo: Hōsei Daigaku. pp. 37-43.
2005
[With: von Landenberg, Silke; Legeland, Marie-Luise; Wallentowitz, Anneli; Lützeler, Ralph; Elis, Volker; Godzik, Maren] Japanese Collections in European Museums – A Bibliography
In: Kreiner, Josef (Ed.) Japanese Collections in European Museums. (JapanArchiv: Schriftenreihe der Forschungsstelle Modernes Japan; Bd. 5,1). Bonn: Bier'sche Verlagsanstalt. pp. 147–232.
2003
Japan
In: Nohlen, D.; Grotz, F.; Hartmann, C. (Ed.) Elections in Asia and the Pacific – A Data Handbook. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 355-394.
2002
Japans politische Reformen: Politische Kultur als Hemmnis für eine internationale Führungsrolle? (Political Reform in Japan: Political Culture as an Obstacle to International Leadership?)
In: Schucher, G. (Ed.) Asien unter Globalisierungsdruck – Politische Kulturen zwischen Tradition und Moderne (Asia under Pressure to Globalize – Political Culture caught between Tradition and Modernity). Institut für Asienkunde. pp. 71-82.
2002
Die Demontage eines Premierministers (Dismantling of a Prime Minister)
In: Herausgeberkollektiv (Ed.) Beiträge zur Japanforschung (Contributions to Research on Japan). Bonn: Bier'sche Verlagsanstalt. pp. 95-113.
2002
Das Parteiensystem Japans (Japan’s Party System)
In: Robertson, C.Y. (Ed.) Japan wohin? Wirtschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft im 21. Jahrhundert (Japan, Where are you Bound? Economy, Politics and Society in the 21st Century). Baden-Baden: Nomos. pp. 9-28.
2001
Zum Nutzen des National Model United Nations (On the Benefits of the National Model United Nations)
In: Weiler, Thomas; Klein, Axel (Ed.) National Model United Nations – Eine Fallstudie zu Vorbereitung, Ablauf und Nutzen der akademischen Simulation (National Model United Nations – A Case Study on Preparation, Procedure and Benefit of the Academic Simulation). Bonn: Bonndai. pp. 207-212.
2001
Einführung: Japan und die Vereinten Nationen (Introduction: Japan and the United Nations)
In: Weiler, Thomas; Klein, Axel (Ed.) National Model United Nations – Eine Fallstudie zu Vorbereitung, Ablauf und Nutzen der akademischen Simulation (National Model United Nations – A Case Study on Preparation, Procedure and Benefit of the Academic Simulation). Bonn: Bonndai. pp. 40-46.
2000
Amami Guntō: Eine Inselgruppe und ihre Bedeutung in der politischen Reformdiskussion Japans (Amami Guntō: An Archipelago and its Role in the Discussion about Political Reform)
In: Manthey, Barbara; Kleinen, Peter; Distelrath, Günther; Horres, Robert; Ölschleger, Hans Dieter; Lützeler, Ralph (Ed.) JapanWelten – Aspekte der deutschsprachigen Japanforschung. Festschrift für Josef Kreiner zu seinem sechzigsten Geburtstag von seinen Schülern und Mitarbeitern. Bonn: Bier'sche Verlagsanstalt. pp. 195-208.
1998
Das neue Wahlsystem des japanischen Unterhauses - Überlegungen zu seinem Einfluß auf Parteiensystem, Wahlkampf und Finanzbedarf (The New Electoral System of the Japanese House of Representatives – Considerations concerning its Influence on Party System, Election Campaign and Financing)
In: Apel, U.; Holzapfel, J.; Pörtner, P. (Ed.) Referatssammlung des Deutschsprachigen Japanologentages 1996 in München. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 568-574.
1996
Das Wahlsystem als Reformobjekt - Das Beispiel des Erneuerungsversuches der Regierung Kaifu [The Election System as an Object of Reform. The Example of the Kaifu Government's Attempt at Renewal]
In: Janssen, Edzard; Dirks, Daniel (Ed.) Japanstudien 7. Reformen im politökonomischen System Japans. Japanstudien. Munich: iudicium Verlag. p.71-105.

Reviews

2008
Carlson, Matthew (2007): Money Politics in Japan: New Rules, Old Practices. Boulder, London: Lynne Rienner Publishers
In: Pacific Affairs, Vol. 81, No. 3 (Fall 2008). pp. 470-472.
2008
島田裕己『日本の10大新宗教』幻冬舎 Shimada, Hiromi: Nihon no jūdai shin-shūkyō [Japan’s ten big new religions]
In: Elis, Volker; Lützeler, Ralph (Ed.) Japanstudien 20. Regionalentwicklung und regionale Disparitäten (Regional Development and Regional Disparities). Japanstudien. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 377-381.
2006
Köllner, Patrick (2006): Die Organisation japanischer Parteien. Entstehung, Wandel und Auswirkung formaler und informeller Institutionen (The Organisation of Japanese Parties. Genesis, Change and Effects of Formal and Informal Institutions). Hamburg: Institut für Asienkunde
In: Haak, René (Ed.) Japanstudien 18. Arbeitswelten in Japan (How Japan works). Japanstudien. München: iudicium Verlag. pp. 315-318.
2003
Reed, Steven R. (2003): Japanese Electoral Politics: Creating a New Party System
In: Social Science Japan Journal. Vol. 8, Nr. 1, April 2005. pp. 157-160.

Working Papers (Book)

2010
[With: Klein, Axel; Holthus, Barbara] The Fertility Rate and the Economic Crisis - Discussing a Theoretical Attempt to Predict Demographic Development in Japan. Working Papers | Reports. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 35 p.

Newspaper Articles

1998
Hojo ni hadome hitsuyō (Limitation on Party Financing Needed)
In: Yomiuri Shinbun. 22.04.1998. p. 5.
1997
Shō senkyoku sei ni shūjuku hitsuyō (The Parallel System Requires Habituation)
In: Yomiuri Shinbun. 16.01.1997. p. 11.

Other Articles

2008
[With: Holthus, Barbara] Fertility and social stratification
In: DIJ Newsletter. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.

Movies

2008
Pictures at an Election. Documentary. 68 min. Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Teaching

2009
Universität Zürich

2009
Universität München

2008
Waseda University

2008
University of Sheffield

1998-2007
Universität Bonn

Presentations

September 29, 2009
Fertilitätsfalle und Armut in Japan. 14. Conference of German Speaking Japanologists, Halle (Saale).

April 24, 2009
Presentation and Discussion of my documentary film „Pictures at an Election“. University of Zurich, East Asian Institute, Zürich.

April 23, 2009
Wenn die Fertilitätsfalle zuschnappt – Japans Geburtenrate und der Einfluss der Wirtschaftskrise. University of Zurich, East Asian Institute, Zürich.

February 21, 2009
Forms of Civil Protest in Japan – The Case of Rentai Union vs. Keidanren. Presentation and Discussion of my documentary film 日本における市民による反対運動・連帯ユニオン対経団連のケース, Department of Sociology, University of Hawaii at Mãnao, Honolulu.

December 10, 2008
The Death of the Playground – Low Fertility in Japan. Department for Japanese Studies, University of Manchester, Manchester.

December 8, 2008
Presentation and Discussion of my documentary film „Pictures at an Election“. White Rose East Asian Centre, Universities of Leeds und Sheffield, Sheffield.

November 29, 2008
Political Responses to Low Fertility. German Association for Social Science Research on Japan, Düsseldorf.

November 28, 2008
Väter, Ehemänner und Abgeordnete – Wie individuelle soziale Werte Familienpolitik beeinflussen. Gender-Workshop German Association for Social Science Research on Japan, Düsseldorf.

June 2, 2009 - June 4, 2009
Target Groups of Pronatal Policies in Japan and Germany. Imploding Populations – Global and Local Challenges of Demographic Change.

November 6, 2008 - November 7, 2008
Fertility and Social Stratification in Germany and Japan. Fertility and Social Stratification - Germany and Japan in Comparison -.

November 6, 2008 - November 7, 2008
Family Policy in Japan and its Implications for Social Inequality. Fertility and Social Stratification - Germany and Japan in Comparison -.

Curriculum Vitae


Seit Juni 2007
Research fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo.

1998
Adviser and Interpreter, Economic Department, Embassy of Japan in Germany

1998 - 2007
Research fellow at the Department for Japanese Studies, University of Bonn. Habilitation in Japanese Studies at the University of Bonn, Faculty of Arts 2005 (Title: The Political System of Japan).

1995-1997
Research fellow at the Department for Japanese Studies, University of Bonn.

1994 – 1998
Doctoral student of Japanese Studies, Political Science and Comparative Religion at the University of Bonn, Faculty of Arts. 1996/97 research stay in Tokyo on scholarship of Tōshiba Zaidan. PhD 1998 (Dissertation: Electoral Systems as Objects of Reform).

1987 – 1994
Student of Japanese Studies, Political Science and Comparative Religion at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn. Japanese language programme at the Tokyo Nihongo Gakko (1989/90 & 1991/92), highest degree in Japanese Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験). Assistant to Chief Correspondent of Tokyo-Chunichi Shinbun, Bonn Office. Master degree in Japanese Studies 1994 (Master thesis: “Attempts on Political Reform by the Government of Kaifu Toshiki”).