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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Barbara Holthus

Barbara Holthus
Deputy Director
Sociology
Since April 2018

holthus@dijtokyo.org

Professional Services / Activities:

  • Since 2014: Editorial board member of Contemporary Japan
  • Since 2010: Principal investigator of nationwide survey on parental well-being in Japan. Jointly funded by the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ) and Benesse Corporation. Funding for analysis provided by DFG foundation, 2014-2017

Referee for peer-reviewed journals:

  • Japanstudien
  • Socio-Economic Review
  • Voluntas
  • International Migration
  • ASIEN – The German Journal on Contemporary Asia
  • Intersections – Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific

Past

  • Organization and planning of International Conference: “Deciphering the Social DNA of Happiness: Lifecourse perspectives from Japan” (April 2014)
  • EAJS Convenor for Anthropology/Sociology section, for 2013 conference in Kyoto, Japan, August 2013 and for 2014 conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, August 2014
  • Head of Social Science Department, German Institute for Japanese Studies
  • Gender equality officer of the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo
  • Co-organizer of the “Social Science Study Group”, German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo
  • Editor-in-Chief of DIJ Newsletter, several times between 2007-2013
  • Organization and planning (with Prof. Dr. Axel Klein) of International Symposium: “Fertility and Social Stratification – Germany and Japan in Comparison”. Tokyo, November 6 and 7, 2008. Organization at German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo in cooperation with Sophia University. Funding by Japan Foundation

In the Media

DIJ Projects

Completed DIJ Projects

Gender and Political Participation in post-3/11 Japan

Parents against Radiation. A case study

Social Aspects of Low Fertility in Japan

Happiness in Japan: Continuities and Discontinuities

Marital Happiness and Discord: Discourses in Japanese Women’s Magazines

Parental Well-Being - Germany and Japan in Comparison

Great East Japan Earthquake

Childcare and Work-Life Balance in Low Fertility Japan

Fertility and Social Stratification

Challenges of Demographic Change

Memberships

Selected Publications

Books

2015
[With: Tanaka, Hiromi; Huber, Matthias] Parental Well-Being In Japan . Miscellanea. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 111 p.
2009
Paarbeziehungen in japanischen Frauenzeitschriften seit 1970: Medien und Geschlecht in Japan. DIJ Publications. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press. 624 p.

Editorship

2018
[With: Bertram, Hans (eds.)] Parental well-being. Satisfaction with work, family life, and family policy in Germany and Japan. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien. München: iudicium Verlag. 310 p.
2010
[With: Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina] Contemporary Japan 22, No. 1/2. Mind the Gap: Stratification and Social Inequalities in Japan. Contemporary Japan. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 221 p.

Articles

2018
[With: Lützeler, Ralph] Parental well-being in Japan: Regional differences
In: Lützeler, Ralph (Ed.) Rural areas between decline and resurgence: Lessons from Japan and Austria. Vienna: Department of East Asian Studies/Japanese Studies, University of Vienna, 46.
2018
Glück und Wohlbefinden in Japan: Der Fall junger Eltern
In: Beziehungsweise. Informationsdienst des österreichischen Instituts für Familienforschung.
2017
[With: Holdgrün, Phoebe Stella] Happiness in Japan through the anthropological lens
In: Holthus, Barbara; Manzenreiter, Wolfram (Ed.) Happiness and the Good Life in Japan. London: Routledge. (Japan Anthropological Workshop Series). London: Routledge.
2017
[With: Manzenreiter, Wolfram] Happiness as balancing act between agency and social structure
In: Holthus, Barbara; Manzenreiter, Wolfram (Ed.) Happiness and the Good Life in Japan. London: Routledge. (Japan Anthropological Workshop Series). London: Routledge.
2017
[With: Manzenreiter, Wolfram] Reconsidering the four dimensions of happiness over the life course in Japan
In: Holthus, Barbara; Manzenreiter, Wolfram (Ed.) Life Course, Happiness and Well-being in Japan (Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series). London: Routledge.
2017
[With: Manzenreiter, Wolfram] Making sense of happiness in ‘unhappy Japan’
In: Holthus, Barbara; Manzenreiter, Wolfram (Ed.) Life Course, Happiness and Well-being in Japan (Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series). London: Routledge.
2015
[With: Holdgrün, Phoebe Stella] Mothers Against Radiation: Issues of Gender and Advocacy
In: Mullins, Mark; Nakano Koichi (Ed.) Disasters and Social Crisis in Contemporary Japan: Political, Religious, and Sociocultural Responses. Palgrave Macmillan.
2014
[With: Tanaka, Hiromi] Time, money, infrastructure: Young parents’ needs and (dis)satisfaction with family policies in Japan
In: Tromsdorff, Gisela (Ed.) Interdisciplinary aspects of well-being in changing societies. Konstanz: German-Japanese Society for Social Sciences. pp. 137-164.
2014
[With: Manzenreiter, Wolfram] Convenors Conference Reports, Section 5a: Anthropology, sociology
In: JAWS Newsletter, 50. pp. 23-29.
2014
Eltern und Kinder in der japanischen Gesellschaft
In: Wördemann, Raimund; Yamaguchi, Karin (Ed.) Länderbericht Japan. Bundesanstalt für politische Bildung. pp. 477-494.
2013
[With: Tanaka, Hiromi] Parental well-being and the sexual division of household labour: A new look at gendered families in Japan
In: Asiatische Studien, AS/EA LXVII/2. pp. 401-428.
2013
Kindliches Wohlbefinden in Japan. Elterliche Sorgen und Ängste seit der Dreifachkatastrophe vom 11. März 2011 [Child well-being in Japan. Parental worries and fears since the March 11, 2011 triple disaster]
In: Bertram, Hans (Ed.) Reiche, kluge, glückliche Kinder? Der UNICEF-Bericht zur Lage der Kinder in Deutschland. Weinheim: Beltz Juventa Verlag. pp. 257-276.
2011
Child Care and Work-Life Balance in Low Fertility Japan
In: Lützeler, Ralph; Coulmas, Florian (Ed.) Imploding Populations in Japan and Germany. DIJ Publications. Brill. pp. 203-228.
2010
[With: Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina] Preface
In: Holthus, Barbara; Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina (Ed.) Contemporary Japan 22, No. 1/2. Mind the Gap: Stratification and Social Inequalities in Japan. Contemporary Japan. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 3-6.
2010
Parental Evaluation of Institutionalized Childcare: Survey Results from Japan
In: Child Research Net. Benesse.
2010
ドイツにおける女性の雇用と保育事情 (Female Employment and Instiutionalized Childcare in Germany)
In: Child Research Net.
2009
德国的女性雇佣与保育制度化 (Female Employment and Institutionalized Childcare in Germany)
In: Child Research Net.
2009
Female Employment and Instiutionalized Childcare in Germany
In: Child Research Net.
2000
„Traum“- oder „Alptraum“-Männer? Männerbilder der Frauenzeitschrift An an in den späten 90er Jahren (“Dream” or “nightmare” men? Portrayals of men in the Japanese women’s magazine An an in the late 1990's)
In: Mrugalla, Andreas; Gössmann, Hilaria (Ed.) 11. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag in Trier 1999. 2 Bde., Bd. 1. Münster, Hamburg, London: LIT-Verlag.
2000
Sexuality, Body Images and Social Change in Japanese Women’s Magazines
In: Wöhr, Ulrike; Sato, Barbara Hamill (Ed.) Gender and Modernity. Rereading Japanese Women’s Magazines. Kyoto: Nichibunken.
1998
Ishikawa Takeyoshi und Hanamori Yasuji – zwei männliche Frauenstimmen (Ishikawa Takeyoshi and Hanamori Yasuji – two male female/feminine voices)
In: Richter, Steffi (Ed.) Japan Lesebuch III. Tübingen: Konkursbuch Verlag.

Article Translations

1998
[With: Inoue, Teruko] Kommentar zu den Beiträgen von Saitō Masami /Horie Setsuko und Morohashi Taiki
In: Gössmann, Hilaria (Ed.) Das Bild der Familie in den japanischen Medien (The Image of the Family in the Japanese Media). Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien. Munich: iudicium Verlag. pp. 283-285.

Reviews

2014
"Education Reform and Social Class in Japan: The emerging incentive divide". By Takehiko Kariya. London and New York: Routledge, 2014
In: Pacific Affairs, vol 87, no.3.
2010
The Modern Family in Japan: Its Rise and Fall. By Chizuko Ueno
In: Pacific Affairs. Volume 83, No. 3 – September 2010. pp. 606-608.
2007
“Turning Pages: Reading and Writing Women’s Magazines in Interwar Japan”. By Sarah Frederick. Honolulu: University of Hawai’I Press, 2006
In: Pacific Affairs. 79, 4. pp. 690-691.

Working Papers (Book)

2014
[With: Holdgrün, Phoebe Stella; Holdgrün, Phoebe Stella; Holthus, Barbara] Gender and Political Participation in post-3/11 Japan . Working Papers. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 25 p.
2010
[With: Klein, Axel] The Fertility Rate and the Economic Crisis - Discussing a Theoretical Attempt to Predict Demographic Development in Japan. Working Papers. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 35 p.

Other Articles

2013
Sweet and happy DIJ
In: DIJ Newsletter 47, April 2013. DIJ Newsletter.
2013
Expert Talk
In: DIJ Newsletter 47, April 2013. DIJ Newsletter.
2013
Parental fears and concerns post 3/11
In: DIJ Newsletter 48, Oktober 2013. DIJ Newsletter.
2012
Parental well-being in Japan after March 11
In: DIJ Newsletter 45, March 2012. DIJ Newsletter. Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.
2012
Aktuelle Begriffe: Saigo
In: DIJ Newsletter 46, October 2012. DIJ Newsletter.
2011
How happy are parents of young children
In: DIJ Newsletter 44, November 2011. DIJ Newsletter. Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.
2010
Happily ever after?
In: DIJ Newsletter 40, July 2010. DIJ Newsletter.
2010
Marriage, love and sex
In: DIJ Newsletter 39, March 2010. DIJ Newsletter.
2009
Child poverty in Japan: No end in sight
In: DIJ Newsletter. DIJ Newsletter. Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. p. 4.
2008
[With: Klein, Axel] Fertility and social stratification
In: DIJ Newsletter. DIJ Newsletter. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.
2008
2008 marks first year of “Work-Life Balance” era in Japan
In: DIJ Newsletter. DIJ Newsletter. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.
2008
Day care reforms
In: DIJ Newsletter. DIJ Newsletter. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.
1998
Konferenzbericht: 1998 Fifth Annual UCLA Graduate Student Symposium for Japanese Studies (Conference Report)
In: Minikomi. Informationen des Akademischen Arbeitskreis Japan. Wien, 2/1998.

Academic Awards

2016: DIJ Visiting Scholar Programme, summer 2016, Tokyo, Japan, 3 weeks. For project continuation and organization of international conference “Mothers and social movements in postwar Japan”, with Phoebe Holdgruen.

2014-2017: DFG (German Research Foundation) funding for Parental Well-Being Survey Analysis. Euro 86.000. Principal investigator.

2014: Project director, Japan Foundation funding for organization of International Symposium “The Social DNA of Happiness”, Euro 10.000. together with Wolfram Manzenreiter

2012: Benesse Corporation‘s partial funding of nationwide Parental Well-Being Survey, Yen 3.036.000 (40% of total cost for Japan Parental Well-Being Survey; 60% funding by the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ).

2008: Project director (with Axel Klein), Japan Foundation funding for organization of International Symposium “Fertility and Social Stratification – Germany and Japan in Comparison”, Yen 1.900.000.

Presentations

May 15, 2018
Rural Happiness in Japan: Relationships, life domains, structures. Invited lecture: Global Project lecture series, at Graduate school of sociology, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto. simultaneously broadcasted at Chung Ang University, Korea.

November 16, 2017
Regional differences of parental well-being in Japan. Invited lecture: Global Project lecture series, Graduate school of sociology, Ritsumeikan University, simultaneously broadcasted at Chung Ang University, Korea. Via Skype.

October 31, 2017
Poster presentation: “Parental well-being in Japan: Regional differences”. VSJF 2017 conference, Vienna, Austria; with Ralph Luetzeler.

October 31, 2017
Chair for panel on “Social relations and well-being in rural Japan”. VSJF 2017 conference Rural Japan revisited: Autonomy and heteronomy in the peripheries, Vienna, Austria.

October 21, 2017
Poster presentation: “Kosodate ki no oya no seikatsu manzokudo ni kansuru nichidoku hikaku chōsa”. 14th Annual Child Science Conference (Nihon kodomo gakkai), Okayama, Japan.

August 30, 2017
Discussant for panel “Affect and emotion in social movement research”. EAJS 15th international conference, Lisbon, Portugal.

August 30, 2017
Outsider/insider: Being different in rural Japan. EAJS 15th international conference, Lisbon, Portugal; with Wolfram Manzenreiter.

May 19, 2017
Life Course, Happiness and Well-Being in Japan. nvited paper, Event to celebrate launch of 100th volume in the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies/Routledge Series, with Wolfram Manzenreiter, Nissan Institute, University of Oxford.

May 11, 2017
Familien in Japan. Guest lecture: Department of Sociology, Seminar by Prof. U. Zartler, Vienna University.

May 10, 2017
Elterliches Wohlbefinden: Ein DFG-Projekt und seine Verästelungen [Parental well-being: A DFG project and its spreading out]. Ostasienforum, with Peter Fankhauser, Stefan Hundsdorfer, and Ralph Lützeler, Vienna University.

November 17, 2016
Social movements post 3/11. Invited lecture: Global Project lecture series, Graduate school of sociology, Ritsumeikan University, simultaneously broadcasted at Chung Ang University, Korea. Kyoto, Japan.

November 1, 2016
Parental well-being in Japan: Regional differences. International conference: Rural areas between decline and resurgence: Lessons from Japan and Austria, Vienna, Austria.

September 24, 2016
Parental well-being in Japan: Regional differences. European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS) in Japan, Kobe, Japan.

July 14, 2016
Glückliche Mütter und Väter? Zum elterlichen Wohlbefinden in Japan [Happy mothers and fathers? On parental well-being in Japan. Invited lecture: Japanese Studies department and Center for East Asia - Pacific Studies, Trier University, Germany.

August 26, 2015
Gender und politische Partizipation nach 3.11 Eine Fallstudie zur „unsichtbaren“ Zivilgesellschaft [Gender and political participation post-3/11. A case study on the invisible civil society]. Paper presented together with Phoebe Holdgruen, Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag [German speaking Japanese studies conference], Munich, Germany.

August 26, 2015
Familien in Aso – Soziologische Ansätze [Families in Aso - Sociological approaches]. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag [German speaking Japanese studies conference].

June 5, 2015
Parents/mothers and media in Post-Fukushima Japan. Symposium „Safety and Disaster in Japanese Popular Culture after Fukushima“. Invited paper: Modern East Asia Research Center, Leiden University, Leiden.

February 8, 2015
Eltern als Empfänger familienpolitischer Maßnahmen in Japan [Parents as receivers of family policy measures in Japan]. Symposium Familienpolitik Japan und Deutschland im Vergleich [Comparing family policy in Germany and Japan], Invited paper: Düsseldorf University, Germany.

August 27, 2014
Hosting the Sociology/anthropology section as section convenor. With Wolfram Manzenreiter. European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS), Lubljana, Slovenia.

July 14, 2014
Parents against radiation: Strategies towards advocacy. International Sociological Association Conference, Yokohama, Japan.

July 11, 2014
Time, Money, Infrastructure: You parents’ needs and (dis)satisfaction with family policies in Japan. ISA World congress of sociology, Yokohama, Japan.

May 30, 2014
Elterliches Wohlbefinden in Japan: Ein deutsch-japanischer Vergleich [Parental well-being in Japan: A German-Japan comparison). Invited paper: Ostasienforum [East Asia Forum], Vienna University, Austria.

April 24, 2014
Introduction and Agenda setting with Wolfram Manzenreiter. Paper presented in the role as conference organizer: International Conference: "Deciphering the Social DNA of Happiness: Life Course Perspectives from Japan", Vienna University, Austria.

March 27, 2014
Daycare centers in Japan: The institution and its multiple stakeholders seen from a conflict perspective. Panel organization and paper presented at Association of Asian Studies (AAS) conference, panel “Institutionalized Childcare in East Asia”, Philadelphia, USA.

March 13, 2014
Mütter gegen Radioaktivität: Eine Fallstudie [Mothers against radiation: A case study]. , Vienna University, Austria.

January 22, 2014
Time, Money, and Infrastructure: Parents’ responses to family policies in Japan. VSJF Annual conference of social science research Japan, Berlin, Germany.

May 23, 2013 - May 25, 2013
Motivational framing of parental social movements in Japan. Civil Society, Political Participation and Happiness.

May 23, 2013 - May 25, 2013
Framing processes among the invisible - Parental social movement organizations and well-being in Japan. Civil Society, Political Participation and Happiness.

February 16, 2012
Motivations for marriage and marital (un)happiness: Discourses in Japanese women's magazines. Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, The University of Oxford.

October 22, 2010 - October 23, 2010

June 2, 2009 - June 4, 2009
Childcare and Work-Life Balance in Low Fertility Japan. 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 -.