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Hanno Jentzsch

Hanno Jentzsch
Social Science
Since October 2016

Hanno Jentzsch is a Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) since October 2016. He received his PhD from the University of Duisburg-Essen (March 2016). In his dissertation, he analyzed the role of informal “village institutions” in Japan’s changing agricultural support and protection regime. Under the DIJ research project “The Future of Local Communities in Japan”, he explores the political economy of “rural revitalization”, focusing on the interaction between local institution-building and the changing regulatory framework governing center-local relations.
Main research interests include rural Japan, agricultural politics, informal institutions, the Varieties of Capitalism, and processes of institutional change in advanced political economies.

DIJ Projects

What is the "local"? - Rethinking the politics of subnational spaces in Japan

The Future of Local Communities in Japan - Risks and Opportunities in the Face of Multiple Challenges

Completed DIJ Projects

Harvesting State Support – Endogenous Institutional Change and the Role of the “Local” in Japan’s Agricultural Support and Protection Regime

The Changing Political Economy of “Rural Revitalization”

Selected Publications


Tracing the Local Origins of Farmland Policies in Japan—Local-National Policy Transfers and Endogenous Institutional Change
In: Social Science Japan Journal. Oxford University Press.
Abandoned land, corporate farming, and farmland banks: a local perspective on the process of deregulating and redistributing farmland in Japan
In: Reiher, Cornelia; Yamaguchi, Tomiko (Ed.) Contemporary Japan 29, No. 1. Contemporary Japan. Routledge. pp. 31-46.
Subsidized Tradition – Hamlet Farms in Contemporary Japanese Agricultural Politics
In: Niehaus, Andreas; Walravens, Tine (Ed.) Feeding Japan - The Cultural and Political Issues of Dependency and Risk. Palgrave Macmillan.


The Political Economy of Japanese Trade Policy. Edited by Aurelia George Mulgan and Masayoshi Honma
In: Pacific Affairs, Vol.90, No.2. pp. 352 - 354.

Academic Awards


July 5, 2018
The 6th Industry: Renegotiating the Political Economy of “Regional Japan”. Lunch Seminar on Japanese Economy and Society, Maison Franco-Japonaise, Tokyo, Japan.

June 24, 2018
Japan’s Changing Agricultural Welfare State – Struggling Cooperatives, Collective Farming, and Village Institutions. Society for the Advancement of the Socio-Economics Annual Meeting, Panel "Governing Social Risks in China and Japan", Kyoto, Japan.

June 24, 2018
Institutional Change at the Rice Roots - Informal Institutions and Local Agency in Japan’s Changing Agricultural Support and Protection Regime. Mini-Conference “Revisiting Nonliberal Capitalism: Germany and Japan Ten Years After the Great Financial Crisis”, Kyoto, Japan.

June 4, 2018
Defensive Institution-Building and Changing Social and Political Boundaries: Local Agricultural Regimes and Agricultural Reform in Japan. Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Special Session “Agency, Institutional Change and Local Economic Development”, Lugano, Switzerland.

November 2, 2017
Process or Perish? Family Farms, Agricultural Cooperatives, and the “6th Industry”. VSJF Annual Conference 2017, Panel "Institutional Change in Japan’s Peripheries: Rural Areas between Decentralization, Deregulation, and Dependency" chaired by Sonja Ganseforth, Vienna, Austria.

September 2, 2017
Japan’s Destabilizing Agricultural Welfare State - Struggling Cooperatives and Changing Village Institutions. 15th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS), Panel "The Social Consequences of Structural Reform on the Welfare Mix: Agricultural Protection, Family Care and Corporate Welfare" chaired by Karen Shire, Lisbon, Portugal.

March 16, 2017
The Difference Democracy Makes? Comparing Agrarian Change in Japan and China (with René Trappel). Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Panel "Envisioning a Future for the Countryside: Chinese and Japanese Perspectives" chaired by Elena Meyer-Clement, Toronto, Canada.

November 2, 2016
Hamlet-Based Collective Farming - Village Institutions as Resources in Japan’s Changing Agricultural Sector. Conference “Rural Areas Between Decline and Resurgence - Lessons from Japan and Austria, University of Vienna, Austria.

July 24, 2016
Tracing the Local Origins of Farmland Policies in Japan. 24th World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Panel “Local Governance and Civil Society”, chaired by Robert Pekkanen, Poznan, Poland.

July 3, 2015
Consuming the Nation – Chisan Chishô in the Context of WTO Era Agricultural Policy-Making in Japan (with Tine Walravens). Symposium “Emotionalizing the Nation: Conflicting Narratives in Japanese Food Identities”, Royal Flemish Academy, Brussels.

March 29, 2015
Village Institutions and the Agricultural Reform Process in Japan. Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Panel “Interest Groups in Contemporary Japan”, chaired by Robert Pekkanen, Chicago, USA.

July 28, 2014
Agricultural Marketization Meets Village Institutions: Community Farming in Hikawa-chô, Shimane-ken. 14th International Conference of the European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS), Panel “Eating Practices and Japan’s Agri-Food System in Flux: On Local Farmers, Global Risks and Alternative Consumers' Choices”, chaired by Cornelia Reiher, Ljubiljana, Slovenia.

Curriculum Vitae

10/2015 - 08/2016
Research Fellow, DFG Research Training Group "Risk and East Asia", Institute for East-Asian Studies, University of Dusiburg-Essen

10/2011 - 09/2015
PhD Student, DFG Research Training Group "Risk and East Asia", Institute for East-Asian Studies, University of Dusiburg-Essen

09/2013 - 12/2013
Visiting Research Fellow, Institut of Social Science, University of Tokyo