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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Social Science Section

The Social Science Section studies phenomena related to modern Japanese politics and society. It encompasses a broad range of theoretical and methodological research informed by a variety of social and political science concepts, comparative and Japan-specific as well as qualitative and quantitative, to help further our understanding of Japanese politics and society. Through individual projects and research cooperation section members contribute to the institute’s main research themes and research projects.

The section organizes the Social Science Study Group, a monthly forum for young scholars and PhD candidates to present their research to other academics and the interested public.

Staff

Susanne Brucksch
(Social Science, Innovation Studies, Science & Technology Studies (STS))

Steffen Heinrich
(Political Science)

Phoebe Stella Holdgrün
(Japanese Studies, political science)
Deputy Director

Daniel Kremers
(Japanese Studies)

Previous Staff

Verena Blechinger
(Politics)

Harald Conrad
(Economics/ Social Science: Social Policy)

Isa Ducke
(Politics)
Head of Social Science Section

Maren Godzik
(Japanology, Sociology)

Barbara Holthus
(Sociology)

Carola Hommerich
(Sociology)
Head of German-Japanese Relations and Comparisons Section

Axel Klein
(Japanese Studies, Political Science)

Susanne Klien
(Modern Japanese Studies, Cultural Anthropology)

Susanne Kreitz-Sandberg
(Education)

Ralph Lützeler
(Geography, Population Studies)

Annette Schad-Seifert
(Social Sciences)

Hiromi Tanaka
(Sociology)

Gabriele Vogt
(Political Science)

Chris Winkler
(Japanese Studies, Political Science)
Head of Social Science Section

Publications

Editorship

2013
[Holdgrün, Phoebe Stella; Vogt, Gabriele] Modernisierungsprozesse in Japan . Miscellanea 18. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 226 p.
2013
Gender equality. Implementierungsstrategien in japanischen Präfekturen. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien 54. München: iudicium Verlag. 390 p.
2011
Analyse politischer Systeme: Japan. DIJ Publications. Schwalbach: Wochenschau Verlag. 208 p.
2011
[Vogt, Gabriele; Roberts, Glenda] Migration and Integration – Japan in Comparative Perspective. Japan and Europe. Historical Relations and Comparative Studies. München: iudicium Verlag. 222 p.
2009
Paarbeziehungen in japanischen Frauenzeitschriften seit 1970: Medien und Geschlecht in Japan. DIJ Publications. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press. 624 p.
2009
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 Vol. 44. München: iudicium Verlag. 584 p.
2009
„Freeter“ und „Generation Praktikum“ - Arbeitswerte im Wandel? Ein deutsch-japanischer Vergleich. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien Vol. 45. München: iudicium Verlag. 293 p.
2008
Ungleichheit in der global city Tōkyō. Aktuelle sozialräumliche Entwicklungen im Spannungsfeld von Globalisierung und lokalen Sonderbedingungen. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien Vol. 42. München: iudicium Verlag. 467 p., 57 ill.
2007
Civil Society and the Internet in Japan. DIJ Publications. London and New York: Routledge. 194 p.
2004
[Ducke, Isa] 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.
2002
[Lützeler, Ralph; Conrad, Harald] Aging and Social Policy – A German-Japanese Comparison. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien Vol. 26. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 353 p.
2001
The Japanese Social Security System in Transition – An Evaluation of the Current Pension Reforms . Miscellanea Vol. 16. Berlin, Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 111 p.

Articles

2015
なぜ幸福と満足は一致しないのか ─社会意識への合理的選択アプローチ─ (Why do Happiness and Satisfaction not Coincide?: A Rational Choice Approach to Social Psychology)
In: Bulletin of the Faculty of Humanities. Seikei University. No. 50 (2015). pp. 87-99.
2004
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
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
[Saaler, Sven; Ducke, Isa] 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
[Gottlieb, Nanette; McLelland, Mark] Activism and the Internet: Japan's 2001 History-Textbook Affair
In: Gottlieb, Nanette; McLelland, Mark (Ed.) Japanese Cybercultures. London: Routledge. p.205-221.
2003
[Dorow, Wolfgang; Groenewald, Horst] Sozialversicherungsrechtliche Aspekte der Personalpolitik in Japan
In: Dorow, Wolfgang; Groenewald, Horst (Ed.) Personalwirtschaftlicher Wandel in Japan – Gesellschaftlicher Wertewandel und Folgen für die Unternehmenskultur und Mitarbeiterführung. Wiesbaden: Gabler Verlag. p.269-284.
2002
ドイツにおける2000年年金改革の現状と課題 (The 2000 Pension Reform in Germany: An Overview)
In: アクチュアリージャ-ナル (Actuary Journal). 2002年9月, Vol. 13. p.40–52.
2002
[Lützeler, Ralph; Conrad, Harald] Old Age Security in Japan: The Implications of Recent Public and Occupational Pension Reforms
In: Lützeler, Ralph; Conrad, Harald (Ed.) Aging and Social Policy – A German-Japanese Comparison. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien 26.00. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 353 p.
2002
先進国における社会保障年金への確定拠出個人勘定導入について-ドイツの場合 (The Introduction of Individual Retirement Accounts in Developed Countries: The Case of Germany)
In: 年金レビュー(Pension Review) 2002年7月号 (July). p. 3–18.
2002
[Lützeler, Ralph; Conrad, Harald] German and Japanese Social Policy in Comparative Perspective: An Overview
In: Lützeler, Ralph; Conrad, Harald (Ed.) Aging and Social Policy – A German-Japanese Comparison. Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien 26.00. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 353 p.
2002
Jüngste Rentenreformen in Japan – Zur Neubestimmung des Verhältnisses von öffentlicher und privater Alterssicherung
In: Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Arbeits- und Sozialrecht, 2/2002. p. 97-119.
2001
[Japan-Zentrum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München] Perspektiven der Alterssicherung in Japan
In: Japan-Zentrum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Ed.) Japan Analysen und Prognosen, Nr. 183. 30 p..
2001
[Saaler, Sven; Conrad, Harald] Wohnen in Japan: Markt, Lebensformen, Wohnverhältnisse [Living Conditions in Japan: Markets, Lifestyles, Forms of Dwelling]
In: Saaler, Sven; Conrad, Harald (Ed.) Japanstudien 13. Wohnen in Japan: Markt, Lebensformen, Nachbarschaft. Japanstudien 13.00. München: iudicium Verlag. 539 p., hardcover
1999
[Meyer-Ohle, Hendrik; Legewie, Jochen] Rente - Nicht nur ein deutsches Thema
In: Meyer-Ohle, Hendrik; Legewie, Jochen (Ed.) Japans Wirtschaft im Umbruch: Schlaglichter aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien (The Japanese Economy in Transition : Highlights Presented by the German Institute for Japanese Studies). DIJ Publications. Munich: iudicium Verlag. 133 pp., paperback

Working Papers (Book)

2014
Happiness, Civil Society Participation and Voluntariness: Analyzing the Case of Neighborhood Associations in Japan . Working Papers 14/1. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 32 p.
2014
Gender and Political Participation in post-3/11 Japan . Working Papers 14/3. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 25 p.
2014
Happiness, Civil Society Participation and Voluntariness: Analyzing the Case of Neighborhood Associations in Japan . Working Papers 14/1. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 32 p.
2010
Bullfighting in Oki: Source of Comprehensive Subjective Well-Being? Tradition, Social Interaction and Personal ikigai. Working Papers 2010/03. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 35 p.
2010
The Advent of Vulnerability. Japans' Free Fall through a Porous Safety Net. Working Papers 2010/2. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 35 p.
2008
Low fertility, the wish for children, and social inequalities in contemporary Japanese society. Working Papers 08/3. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 41 p.
2007
Migrant Support Organizations in Japan – A Survey . Working Papers 07/1. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 41 p.
2006
Turning Boomers into Boomerangs - Japanese Human Resource Management Practices and the Aging Workforce. Working Papers 06/7. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.
2005
Aging Population, Knowledge Spill-Over and Civil Society . Working Papers 05/2. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien. 46 p.
2003
Citizens' Groups in Japan and the Internet . Working Papers 03/2. Tokyo: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.
1996
Jugendforschung in Japan: Die Bedeutung der Familie für die Entwicklung von Lebensentwürfen Jugendlicher. Working Papers 96/1. Tōkyō: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien.

Other Articles

2003
Japan entdeckt den Seniorenmarkt - und was Deutschland davon lernen kann
In: Japan Markt, Januar 2003. Tokyo: Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer in Japan. p.19-20.
2002
[Forschungsgesellschaft für Gerontologie e.V., Institut für Gerontologie an der Universität Dortmund] Die Pflegeversicherung in Japan: Ein Überblick
In: Forschungsgesellschaft für Gerontologie e.V., Institut für Gerontologie an der Universität Dortmund (Ed.) Impulse. November 2002, Nr. 4. p.2-4.
2002
[Forschungsgesellschaft für Gerontologie e.V., Institut für Gerontologie an der Universität Dortmund] Der Silbermarkt in Japan
In: Forschungsgesellschaft für Gerontologie e.V., Institut für Gerontologie an der Universität Dortmund (Ed.) Impulse. November 2002, Nr. 4. p.1–2.
2001
[Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer in Japan] Die Reform des Fiscal Investment and Loan Program: „Big Bang“ der öffentlichen Finanzen oder alter Wein in neuen Schläuchen?
In: Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer in Japan (Ed.) Japan Markt, November 2001. Tokyo: S. 15-17.
2001
[Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer in Japan] Japan – eine Mittelklassegesellschaft? - Anmerkungen zur Einkommens- und Vermögensverteilung
In: Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer in Japan (Ed.) Japan Markt, Juni 2001. Tokyo: S. 15-16 u. 19.
2001
[Liscutin, Nicola; Hilpert, Hanns Günther] Pension Reform in Japan - an Examination of the Long-term Impact
In: Liscutin, Nicola; Hilpert, Hanns Günther (Ed.) Newsletter. DIJ Newsletter 14.00. Tokyo: iudicium Verlag.
1998
[Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer in Japan] Zum gegenwärtigen Stand der Rentendiskussion in Japan
In: Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammer in Japan (Ed.) Japan Markt, November 1998. Tokyo: S. 18-19.

Events

September 21, 2016
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Going Global, but How? Diversity in Transnationalisation Processes of Japanese Labour Activism

September 15, 2016
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Disaster, Law and Justice in Japan: In the Tsunami of Debt and Lost Homes

September 1, 2016
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Managing One’s Own Death: The Shūkatsu Industry and the Enterprising Self in an Ageing Society

July 13, 2016
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Logics of Liberalization: Tracing Japan's Trajectory of Socio-Economic Institutional Change

July 6, 2016
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Journalism and Disaster from a Cultural Perspective. A comparative reflection of German and Japanese media reporting on 'Fukushima'

June 29, 2016
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Informative Activism and the Blogosphere in Japan after 311

May 19, 2016
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Reproductive Decision-Making in Japan’s Low Birth Rate Society: Education about Family Planning and Fertility as a Remedy?

March 16, 2016
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Democracy, Diversity, and Disaster Resilience: Towards a Theory of 3-Dimensional (3D) Risk Governance

February 3, 2016
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Language and Institutions: Exploring the Origins of Seniority-Based Hierarchical Relations in Japanese School Club Activities

December 9, 2015
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Framing and Networks in Japanese Nuclear Power Reporting

September 30, 2015
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Why do the Young Stay? ‘Home-orientation‘ and Social Capital in Okinawa

September 24, 2015
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Harmony with Nature? Satoyama Satoumi and Its Impact on Local Communities in Japan

September 10, 2015
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Nuclear Power in Japan after 3/11: An Inconspicuous Transformation

July 22, 2015
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and NPOs: The Case of Food Banks in Japan

June 24, 2015
DIJ Social Science Study Group
A New Dawn for Direct Democracy in Japan? Action and Mobilization Strategies of a Grassroots Movement

May 26, 2015
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Deceleration: Phenomena and discourses in present-day Japan from cultural and literary perspectives

May 20, 2015
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Is Japan Transforming into a “Leisure Society”? Investigating Changes in Work and Leisure Values

April 15, 2015
DIJ Social Science Study Group
From Solidaristic to Neoliberal Values? Responses to Income Inequality in Japan, Germany, Sweden, and the US

March 18, 2015
DIJ Social Science Study Group
The Art of Living– Disaster Experience and Emotions in Artist`s Biographies in Contemporary Japan

February 4, 2015
DIJ Social Science Study Group
How to Analyze the Distribution of Risks? Social Inequality Theory Re-Visited

December 3, 2014
DIJ Social Science Study Group
North Korea and the Evolution of Japan’s Post-Cold War National Security Policy

November 5, 2014
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Nationalism in Okinawa. Case Study of the Futenma base relocation

September 24, 2014
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Augmented Reality – Stakeholders of a new technology

July 23, 2014
DIJ Social Science Study Group
The Challenge of ´Work-Food-Balance´: Working Mothers and their familial Meal-Supply Strategies

July 2, 2014
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Japan’s Single Women and the Disembedding Economic System

June 4, 2014
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Meanings of graduate education for women in Japan: A study of University of Tokyo Alumnae in the Social Sciences and Humanities

April 2, 2014
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Japan’s Official Development Assistance: Strategies in Changing National and Global Contexts

March 5, 2014
DIJ Social Science Study Group
A Swallow Does Not Make a Summer, Or Why Japan May Not Quite Be Germany When It Comes to Renewables

February 19, 2014
DIJ Social Science Study Group
New Approaches to Elderly Care and Senior Citizens Engagement

February 13, 2014
DIJ Social Science Study Group
The Impact of 3-11 on Japanese Public Opinion toward Energy

January 29, 2014
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Gender socialization at primary school in contemporary Japan

November 27, 2013
DIJ Social Science Study Group
The Political Discourse of Regional Disparity in Japan: 1993-2013

October 30, 2013
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Ikumen Generation – Support Networks for Japanese Fathers

September 25, 2013
DIJ Social Science Study Group
Shadow Education in Japan: the Juku-Phenomenon

September 18, 2013
DIJ Social Science Study Group
The Absence of Armed Conflict in the East China Sea

September 18, 2009
Workshops
Religion and Politics in Japan

May 19, 2009
Workshops
"Comparatively Happy" – Objective precarity and perception of social exclusion in Germany and Japan: Discussion of the German and Japanese Questionnaire

January 20, 2016
DIJ Social Science Study Group
“Coeds Ruining the Nation”: The Contested Postwar Politics of the Female Student

May 14, 2014
DIJ Social Science Study Group
The Japanese Anti-Nuclear Movement – Mobilization Processes After Fukushima

April 24, 2014
Symposia and Conferences
Deciphering the Social DNA of Happiness: Life Course Perspectives from Japan

November 21, 2011
Symposia and Conferences
Happiness – Does Culture Matter?

October 22, 2010
Symposia and Conferences
Life Courses in Flux

January 20, 2009
Workshops
International Migration in Global Governance: A Japanese Perspective

May 23, 2013
Symposia and Conferences
Civil Society, Political Participation and Happiness

October 5, 2010
Workshops
“Comparatively Happy” – Objective Precarity and Subjective Exclusion in Germany and Japan: Presentation and discussion of survey results

December 5, 2008
Workshops
Rural Areas without Hope? Structural Change and Policy Options in Japan and Germany

October 16, 2008
Workshops
Housing the Elderly in Japan