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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Katharina Dalko

Japanese Studies, Political Science
Since June 2019
(PhD Students, June 1, 2019 - November 30, 2019)

Research Interest: Populism and Nationalism, Japanese foreign and security policy, relation media and politics

(Working title and short description)

Right-wing populism in Japan – Communication strategy in the age of New Media

The media, as a mediator between politics and the people, has always played a key role in the research on political communication. The development of mass media, the ongoing mediatization of our society and the technological progress have caused constant changes in political communication strategies.

In light of the growing populist movements in recent years, the political influence through New Media has increasingly gained attention in the field of political science. Various studies found that populist strategies proved to be especially well adapted to the changing media landscape. Furthermore, media outlets in Europe and the US were even made partly responsible for the success of right-wing populist tendencies. At the same time, right-wing populist politicians were able to use social networks like Twitter or Facebook to their advantage.

Since the beginning of the 21st century the number of populist politicians in Japan, who can be characterized by a unique communication strategy, is also rising. Within the context of scientific research, however, the analysis of Japanese populism plays a rather subordinate role. Only limited research has been conducted on recent, right-wing populist movements in Japan and the relation between New Media and Japanese populism in particular is yet to be analyzed.

The present dissertation project will therefore research the role of New Media in the context of growing right-wing populism in Japan. For this purpose, findings of the theory of mediatization will be contrasted with characteristics of populist strategy in Japan. To further illustrate the influence of populist communication strategies, this project aims to analyze Japanese blogs using the digital analysis tool TopicExplorer.

Selected Publications


Rechtspopulismus in Japan – Eine thematische Diskursanalyse japanischer Blogeinträge zur Nippon Ishin no Kai
In: Chiavacci, David; Wieczorek Iris (Ed.) Japan 2018 – Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. München: iudicium Verlag.

Curriculum Vitae

06/2019 – 11/2019
Dissertation fellowship at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tōkyō

from 10/2018
Doctoral candidate in Japanese Studies at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale)

from 07/2018
Research Associate, Universitätskolleg, University of Hamburg

11/2017 – 02/2018
Internship: Marketing, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Tōkyō

11/2016 – 10/2017
Internship: editorial team at Association of Social Science on Japan, Berlin

09/2016 – 12/2017
Research Assistant at the Department of Japanese Studies and the Department of Informatics, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale)

09/2015 – 08/2016
Study abroad: Global Studies, Sophia University, Tōkyō

10/2014 – 04/2018
Master of Arts: Japanese Studies and Political Science (both as major), Martin-Luther-University Halle- Wittenberg, Halle (Saale)

10/2013 – 04/2014
Study abroad: Japanese Studies, Tōkyō Gakugei University

10/2010 – 07/2014
Bachelor of Arts: East Asian Studies with major in Japanese studies; Religion Studies (minor), University of Hamburg