The Newsletter, which since June 1997 appears two times a year in German and English, contains information about DIJ research projects, events and publications. Apart from a title story on current developments and topics in Japan, it features short reports about external events and reviews of relevant new publications. Furthermore, the Newsletter hopes to encourage contacting the institute directly, whether for exchanging information with the research fellows on particular research projects or for communicating ideas or critical commentaries. You may order a free paper copy or sign up for e-mail service that will inform you when the latest version is available for download from our website. Please contact Marga Dinkel (firstname.lastname@example.org).