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Isa Ducke

Isa Ducke
Head of Social Science Section
Politics
(Senior Research Fellows, May 1, 2001 - May 31, 2006)




  1. Politics and the Internet in Japan – Use of the Internet by Civil Society Players.
    This research project of the DIJ social science division is concerned with the influence of the Internet on Japanese politics. Within this framework, the strategies of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in using new technologies to present their positions and to further their interests are researched. The study also asks whether this use of the Internet is effective and whether the Internet changes politics and democracy in Japan.
    To date, the individual research projects have included: the use of homepages and Internet strategies by various players in the so-called textbook controversy of 2001; the use of new technologies by very small citizens’ groups; and the Internet strategies of NGO umbrella organisations in Japan, Germany, and Korea. Comparative aspects of the work have been presented in a number of events, such as a DIJ Workshop and panels at international conferences, and in publications.

  2. Trans-National Learning between Civil Society Organisations.
    This is a project set in the context of the “Germany in Japan Year” 2005/6. It studies the trans-national communication between CSOs in Japan and Germany, taking environmental organisations as a case study. Two of the questions addressed are: “How are Germany, and the different German environmental players, presented in the Japanese environmental discourse?” and “Is there a potential for reciprocal learning between CSOs in this field?”

  3. Japanese Foreign Policy with a Focus on Asia.
    In spite of the close proximity—or possibly because of it—Japan’s relations with other Asian countries is rather tense. This is largely due to historical issues and Japan’s dealing with these issues. By comparison, economic or security considerations would appear to be more “substantial” factors in Japan’s foreign policy, and yet they are often shaped by those “soft issues”. This becomes particularly clear in relations between Japan and other Asian countries. In this context, the importance of international sports events for the formation or a regional Asian identity was considered in several DIJ events and publications.

  4. Japanese-Korean Relations and Intra-Korean Relations.
    Japan’s relationship with the Korean peninsula is a prime example of Japan’s difficult relations with its neighbours. In spite of many links and similarities, the interpretation of (colonial) history remains a sore point between Japan and South Korea. The intra-Korean differences and related security issues add to the difficulties. The textbook issue and trans-national exchange at the grassroots level have been covered in several presentations and DIJ publications (see, for example, Ducke / Saaler 2003).

 Isa Ducke is one of the co-ordinators of the DIJ Social Science Study Group, a forum for young scholars and PhD candidates in the field of Social Sciences.

DIJ Projects

Assertions of Cultural Uniqueness in Asia

Japan in Asia

Completed DIJ Projects

Politics and the Internet

Challenges of Demographic Change

Knowledge Society and Demographic Change in Japan

Environmental Movements in Germany and Japan

Selected Publications

Books

2007
[With: Ducke, Isa] Civil Society and the Internet in Japan. DIJ Publications. London and New York: Routledge. 194 p.
2002
[With: Ducke, Isa] Status Power. Japanese Foreign Policy Making Toward Korea. New York: Routledge. 256 p. hardback

Editorship

2004
[With: Ducke, Isa; Chung, Peichi; Ducke, Isa; Wieczorek, Iris; Tkach-Kawasaki, Leslie M.; Ducke, Isa; Tkach-Kawasaki, Leslie M.; Lee, Eun-Jeung] E-Democracy in East Asia? How the Internet Affects Politics and Civil Society in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Miscellanea Vol. 17. Berlin, Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 119 p.
2003
[With: Saaler, Sven] Japan und Korea auf dem Weg in eine gemeinsame Zukunft - Aufgaben und Perspektiven (Japan and Korea on the Road to a Joint Future - Tasks and Perspectives). Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien Vol. 36. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 232 pp.
2003
[With: Dolles, Harald] Japanstudien 15. Mißverständnisse in der Begegnung mit Japan. Japanstudien 15. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 359 p.
2002
[With: Saaler, Sven] DIJ Newsletter . DIJ Newsletter 15, February 2002. Tokyo: iudicium Verlag.

Articles

2005
Deutschland als Vorbild im japanischen Umweltdiskurs (Germany as a Role Model in Japan’s Environmental Discourse)
In: Schad-Seifert, Annette; Vogt, Gabriele (Ed.) Japanstudien 17. Deutschland in Japan (Germany in Japan). Japanstudien 17.00. München: iudicium Verlag. 318 p.
2005
[With: Lee, Eun-jeung] Netzgestützte politische Partizipation in Japan und Süd-Korea (Internet-based political participation in Japan and South Korea)
In: Siedschlag, Alexander (Ed.) Kursbuch Internet und Politik 2004/2005. Politische Öffentlichkeit. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. pp. 121-135.
2004
[With: Thoma, Natascha] Chiiki tsūka - Eine Währung für die Community? (Chiiki tsūka as a community currency?)
In: Germer, Andrea; Moerke, Andreas (Ed.) Japanstudien 16. Grenzgänge – (De-)Konstruktion kollektiver Identitäten in Japan. Japanstudien 16.00. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 337 p., hardcover
2004
[With: Lee, Eun-jeung] Das Internet – eine Plattform für politische Partizipation in Japan und Korea. Die Diskussion um die Truppenentsendung in den Irak(Internet and political participation in Japan and Korea. The debate about troop dispatches to Iraq)
In: Internationales Asienforum, 35 (2004), No. 3–4. p. 307–326.
2004
Introduction
In: Ducke, Isa (Ed.) E-Democracy in East Asia? How the Internet Affects Politics and Civil Society in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Miscellanea 17.00. Berlin, Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 119 p.
2004
[With: Wieczorek, Iris; Tkach-Kawasaki, Leslie M.] The Internet in Japanese Politics – Its Use by Different Political Actors in Japan
In: Ducke, Isa (Ed.) E-Democracy in East Asia? How the Internet Affects Politics and Civil Society in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Miscellanea 17.00. Berlin, Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 119 p.
2004
[With: Tkach-Kawasaki, Leslie M.] Discussion and Conclusions
In: Ducke, Isa (Ed.) E-Democracy in East Asia? How the Internet Affects Politics and Civil Society in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Miscellanea 17.00. Berlin, Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 119 p.
2004
Internationale Sportveranstaltungen - Tummelplatz für den Nationalismus oder Mittel für die Regionenbildung in Asien? (International Sports Events - A Breeding Ground for Nationalism or a Means for the Building of an Asian Region?
In: Asien. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur. 90, 2004. p. 23-38.
2003
[With: Dolles, Harald] Mißverständnisse in der Begegnung mit Japan - Eine Hinführung (Misunderstandings in the Encounter with Japan - An Introduction)
In: Dolles, Harald; Ducke, Isa (Ed.) Japanstudien 15. Mißverständnisse in der Begegnung mit Japan. Japanstudien 15.00. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 359 p.
2003
Kann das Internet Berge versetzen? Transnationale Bürgerbewegungen und neue Medien
In: Saaler, Sven; Ducke, Isa (Ed.) Japan und Korea auf dem Weg in eine gemeinsame Zukunft - Aufgaben und Perspektiven (Japan and Korea on the Road to a Joint Future - Tasks and Perspectives). Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien 36.00. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 232 pp.
2003
[With: Saaler, Sven] Einleitung: Japan und Korea auf dem Weg in eine gemeinsame Zukunft
In: Saaler, Sven; Ducke, Isa (Ed.) Japan und Korea auf dem Weg in eine gemeinsame Zukunft - Aufgaben und Perspektiven (Japan and Korea on the Road to a Joint Future - Tasks and Perspectives). Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien 36.00. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 232 pp.
2003
Activism and the Internet: Japan's 2001 History-Textbook Affair
In: Gottlieb, Nanette; McLelland, Mark (Ed.) Japanese Cybercultures. London: Routledge. p.205-221.
1998
Moral Leverage as a Means in International Relations: The Case of Japan and South Korea
In: Blechinger, Verena; Legewie, Jochen (Ed.) Japanstudien 10. Japans neue Rolle in Asien. Japanstudien 10.00. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 431 p., hardcover
1996
Remaining Problems in Japanese-Korean Relations
In: Transactions of the International Conference of Eastern Studies, 42 (1997). p.193-194.

Reviews

2005
John Lie, Multiethnic Japan. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press 2004. 248 pages. ₤12.95. ISBN 0-674-01358-1 (pb) / 0-674-00299-7 (hb)
In: Internationales Asienforum 3-4. pp. 404-406.
2004
Murakami Ryū: Kibō no kuni no ekusodasu. [Der Auszug ins Gelobte Land.] (The exodus to the land of hope)
In: Germer, Andrea; Moerke, Andreas (Ed.) Japanstudien 16. Grenzgänge – (De-)Konstruktion kollektiver Identitäten in Japan. Japanstudien 16.00. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 337 p., hardcover

Working Papers (Book)

2005
[With: Ducke, Isa; Moerke, Andreas] Aging Population, Knowledge Spill-Over and Civil Society . Working Papers 05/2. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 46 p.
2003
[With: Ducke, Isa] Citizens' Groups in Japan and the Internet . Working Papers 03/2. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.
2002
[With: Ducke, Isa] The History Textbook Issue 2001. A successful citizens’ movement or foreign intervention? . Working Papers 02/6. Tōkyō: 32 p.

Other Articles

2001
Japan, Asien und die Geschichte: Können Schulbücher der Wirtschaft schaden?
In: Japan Markt, November 2001.
1996
Review: Jong Won Lee. Higashi Ajia reisen to kan-bei-nichi kankei (U.S.-Korean Relations and Japan in East Asia's Cold War). Tokyo: Tokyo Daigaku Shuppankai, 1996
In: H-Net, http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/.

Presentations

December 13, 2003

December 5, 2003
Internet Use by Different Political Actors in Japan. Summary of the Results of a Panel at AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers). E-Democracy in East Asia? How the Internet Affects Politics and Civil Society in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

September 25, 2002

November 29, 2002

December 12, 2002
Internationale Sportveranstaltungen: Ein Tummelplatz für Nationalismus oder der Startschuss für regionale Selbstbehauptung?. The Omnipresence of Discourses of Self-Assertion in East Asia: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Perspectives.

April 24, 2002
The Internet and Political Activism - The case of the "textbook affair" 2001. The Internet and Political Activism - The case of the "textbook affair" 2001.

September 21, 2001
Textbooks – a ‘Domestic Issue’ for Japan, an ‘International Affair’ for Korea. Making History: The Quest for National Identity through History Education.

CV


since 2001
Research fellow at DIJ

1999-2001
Editor at AFX-Swiss financial newswire, Zurich

1999
Lecturer for Japanese Politics, King Alfred’s College, Winchester, also games tester, researcher, translator

1996-1997
DAAD scholarship, Waseda University, Tokyo

1996
Sanwa Bank Foundation Research Fellowship

1995-1998
PhD in Political Science, SOAS, London

1994-1995
MA in Area Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

1991-1994
Studied Japanese area studies and politics, Bonn University

1990-91
DAAD scholarship for Kyoto English Center, Kyoto

1969
Born in Kaltenkirchen

1988-1993
Studied Japanese and Indonesian language at Bonn University