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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Hiromi Tanaka

Sociology
Since April 2008
(Senior Research Fellows, April 1, 2008 - March 31, 2011)
  • Japanese Society
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Social Change
  • Life Course and Biography

DIJ Projects

Completed DIJ Projects

Happiness in Japan: Continuities and Discontinuities

Life Course Changes in Contemporary Japanese Society: A Study of Single Working Women in Tokyo

Political participation and happiness: The public-private divide and its implication for gender equality

Parental Well-Being - Germany and Japan in Comparison

Memberships

Selected Publications

Books

2015
[With: Tanaka, Hiromi; Holthus, Barbara; Huber, Matthias] Parental Well-Being In Japan . Miscellanea. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 111 p.
2009
[With: Tanaka, Hiromi] Japanische Frauennetzwerke und Geschlechterpolitik im Zeitalter der Globalisierung (Japanese Women's Networks and Gender Politics in the Age of Globalization). Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien. München: iudicium Verlag. 584 p.

Editorship

2013
[With: Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina; Godzik, Maren] Beyond a Standardized Life Course. Biographical Choices about Work, Family and Housing in Japan and Germany. DIJ Publications. Tokyo: Shinyōsha. 380 p.

Articles

2014
[With: Holthus, Barbara] 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.
2013
[With: Holthus, Barbara] 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
Biographical Choices of Unmarried Employed Women: ‘Normal Deviance’ in the Japanese Context
In: Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina; Tanaka, Hiromi; Godzik, Maren (Ed.) Beyond a Standardized Life Course. Biographical Choices about Work, Family and Housing in Japan and Germany. DIJ Publications. Tokyo: Shinyōsha. pp. 158-183.
2010
Identifying and Explaining Ambiguities and Ambivalences in Middle Adulthood: The Life Story of Ms K.
In: BIOGRAPHY AND SOCIETY: Newsletter of the Research Committee 38 of the ISA (International Sociological Association). December 2010. pp. 17-32..
2010
[With: Hirata, Yukie] International Migration and the State
In: Mathesis Universalis. Vol. 12, No. 1. pp. 87-119.
2009
Stated Desire versus Actual Practice: Reviewing the Literature on Low Fertility Rates in Contemporary Japanese Society
In: Japanese Studies. Vol. 28, Issue 3. pp. 415-430.
2008
Suteito feminizumu to josei kanryo
In: Kokusai jenda gakkaishi (Japanese Journal of International Society for Gender Studies). Vol. 6. pp. 149-162.
2007
[With: Hong, Mihee] Dynamics of Global Gender Politics: A Comparative Analysis of the Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Japan and South Korea
In: Derichs, Claudia; Kreitz-Sandberg, Susanne (Ed.) Gender dynamics and globalisation. Perspectives on Japan within Asia. Hamburg u.a.: LIT-Verlag.
2004
Conceiving and Researching Women’s Networks in Globalisation
In: Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies. Vol. 8, No.1/2. pp. 18-37.
2004
Equal Employment in Contemporary Japan: A Structural Approach
In: PS: Political Science & Politics. January 2004. p. 66.
2001
Migration und Prostitution im (Süd)Ostasien
In: iz3w. April 2001. pp. 18-19.

Working Papers (Book)

2008
[With: Tanaka, Hiromi] Low fertility, the wish for children, and social inequalities in contemporary Japanese society. Working Papers. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 41 p.

Other Articles

2009
The Japanese way of life - change and continuity
In: DIJ Newsletter. Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. p. 2.
2003
[With: Hong, Mihee] Politics of Belonging. Transnationalism, Migration, Gender. Workshop der Marie-Jahoda-Gastprofessur am 16.Mai 2003 in Bochum, Tagungsbericht
In: feminapolitica. 12(2). pp. 133-134.

Presentations

November 27, 2010
Heirat und Arbeit für Frauen im gegenwärtigen Japan. Jahrestagung der Vereinigung sozialwissenschaftlicher Japanforschung (VSJF)/ VSJF Annual Conference 2010, Goethe-University. Frankfurt am Main.

November 10, 2010
Heirat und Arbeit für Frauen im gegenwärtigen Japan. Vortragsreihe an der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (OAG), Tokyo.

September 10, 2010
Unmarried Working Women in Tokyo: Social Change or Continuity?. British Association of Japanese Studies (BAJS) Triennial Conference, School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS), London, UK.

August 31, 2010
Family Effects on Women’s Decision to Run for Office: Women Candidates in the 2009 Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Election. "Gender, Politics and Policy: Post Elections". Japanese-American Women Symposium (JAWS), Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland.

July 16, 2010
Identifying and Explaining Ambiguities in Middle Adulthood: A Life Story Interview with Ms. K. XVII World Congress of Sociology.

July 15, 2010
Single Working Women in Hong Kong and Tokyo: Cases of Normal Deviance?. XVII World Congress of Sociology, International Sociological Association, Gothenburg, Sweden.

March 28, 2010
The Pursuit of Happiness across Borders? Internationalization of Japanese Women’s Movements in an Age of Globalization. The Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Philadelphia, USA.

October 22, 2010 - October 23, 2010
Single Working Women in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul: Their Desires and Choices on Marriage and Work. Life Courses in Flux.

July 4, 2008
Low fertility, the wish for children, and new social inequalities in contemporary Japanese society. Women’s Worlds 2008: 10th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

October 7, 2007
Josei kanryo ga femokuratto ni naru toki [When female bureaucrats become femocrats]. Annual Conference of the Japanese Political Science Association 2007, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo.

August 28, 2007
When female bureaucrats become femocrats: An analysis of gender-equality property of Japanese female bureaucrats. Japan-American Women’s Symposium 2008, Macalester College, Minnesota, USA.

June 22, 2005
Conserving the national or creating the transnational?: migration of Korean nurses to Germany. With Hirata Yukie. Women’s Worlds 2005: 9th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Ewha Womans University, Seoul.

June 20, 2005
Transnationalization of gender politics: The case of women’s networks between Japan and Korea. Women’s Worlds 2005: 9th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Ewha Womans University, Seoul.

January 12, 2005
Femokraten in Japan. OAW-Mittagsforum, Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaft, Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

November 20, 2004
Dynamics of gender politics: implementation of CEDAW in Japan and South Korea. With Mihee Hong. Annual Conference of the German Association of Social Science Research on Japan (VSJF), JDZB, Berlin.

July 7, 2004
Japanische Frauennetzwerke in entgrenzten nationalen Räumen. Internationales Symposium "Transnationale Feministische Netzwerke, Citizenship und Differenz", Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

August 27, 2003
Equal employment in contemporary Japan. Japan-American Women Political Scientists Symposium, University of Delaware, USA.

June 13, 2003
Zwischen Empowerment und Disempowerment: Entwicklung von japanischen Frauennetzwerken. Abschlussveranstaltung des Graduiertenkollegs “Geschlechterdemokratie und Organisationsreform im globalen Kontext, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Berlin.

December 14, 2001
Asiatisierung von japanischen Frauennetzwerken: gegen sexuelle, ökonomische und (post-) koloniale Machtverhältnisse im Süd/Ostasien. Jahrestagung der Vereinigung der sozialwissenschaftlichen Japanforschung (VSJF), der 10. Gender-Workshop, JDZB, Berlin.

December 13, 2001
Entwicklung von japanischen Frauennetzwerken und Frauenpolitik vor dem Hintergrund der UN-Dekade der Frau [Development of Japanese women’s networks and women’s policy against the background of the UN Decade for Women]. Jahrestagung der Vereinigung der sozialwissenschaftlichen Japanforschung (VSJF), Sektion Soziologie, JDZB, Berlin.

September 10, 2009
Global norm diffusion and the rise of networks: the case of gender norm and women’s networks. The 5th General Conference of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR), University of Potsdam, Germany.

June 21, 2009
Single working women in Tokyo: their negotiations on work and marriage. The 13th Asian Studies Conference Japan, AAS (Association of Asian Studies) Regional Conference, Sophia University, Tokyo.

November 27, 2008
Geburtenrückgang und Kinderwunsch in Japan [Low fertility and the desire to have children in Japan: a gender analysis]. Annual Conference of the German Association of Social Science Research on Japan (VSJF), 17th Gender Workshop, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Curriculum Vitae


July - August 2003
Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection, Essex University, U.K.

Since April 2008
Research Fellow, German Institute for Japanese Studies

2007
PhD in Sociology, University of Bochum

2006-2008
Adjunct Instructor, Department of British and American Studies, Musashi University

2005-2006
Adjunct Instructor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kassel

2004
Research and Teaching Associate, East Asian Institute, University of Dusseldorf

2002
Researcher, Institute for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University

July – October 2000
Post-graduate summer university, International Women’s University (<i>ifu</i>), migration studies

2000-2001
Research Assistant, East Asian Institute, University of Dusseldorf