Short CV/Education and training

    Studied political science, sociology, and Japanese studies at the University of Bonn, at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany, and at the University of Tokyo, Japan

  • 1986
    Doctorate (Dr. phil.) in Japanese studies, sociology and political science, FU Berlin

  • 1992
    Offer of a C4 professorship at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) , Germany, establishing Japanese studies as a subject of study there

  • Since 1992
    University professor of Japanese studies at MLU

  • 2006 – 2018
    Member of the academic senate at MLU

  • 2002 – 2006
    Vice dean of the Faculty of Philosophy I at MLU

  • Since 2008
    Member of the research cluster "Society and Culture in Motion", MLU

  • 2010 – 2014
    Vice rector for research and young scholars, including internationalisation and gender equality at MLU

Selected publications

  • 2014: Zivilgesellschaft in Japan, in: Wördemann, Raimund, Yamaguchi, Karin (eds.): Länderbericht Japan. Die Erarbeitung der Zukunft, Bonn (Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, Band 1500), pp. 533-549

  • 2013: with Haufe, Karoline, Aoki, Mai: Bürger als Partner – Kooperative Demokratie in japanischen Kommunen, Wiesbaden (Springer Verlag)

  • 2013: with Hüstebeck, Momoyo: Bürger, Bürgerinnen und Staat in Japan – eine Einführung, in: Foljanty-Jost, Gesine, Hüstebeck, Momoyo (eds.): Bürger und Staat in Japan, Halle (Universitätsverlag Halle-Wittenberg), pp. 9-18

  • 2013: with Haufe, Karoline: Partizipative Governance in Japan – Antwort auf kommunalpolitische Reformen, in: Foljanty-Jost, Gesine, Hüstebeck, Momoyo (eds.): Bürger und Staat in Japan, Halle (Universitätsverlag Halle-Wittenberg), pp. 195-225

  • 2013: 25 Jahre Vereinigung für Sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung in (etwa) 500 Worten, in: Chiavacci, David, Wieczorek, Iris (eds.): Japan 2013 – Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, Berlin (VSJF), pp. 30-33

  • 2012: Deutsch-Japanische Wissenschaftskooperationen in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften – oder: Brauchen wir eine Japanologie?, in: Vorndran, Ruprecht (ed.) Überall regt sich Bildung und Streben – Deutsch-Japanische Wissenschaftskooperation, Düsseldorf (Verband Deutsch-Japanischer Gesellschaften), pp. 42-60

  • 2011: with Haufe, Caroline (sic): "Partizipationsboom" in Japan: Zur (Un)Möglichkeit einer Bürgerselbstverwaltung, in: Chiavacci, David, Wieczorek, Iris (eds.): Japan 2011/12- – Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft Berlin (VSJF), pp. 89-119

  • 2011: Bringing the Citizen Back In: Democratic Dimensions of Local Reforms in Germany and Japan, in: East Asia Vol. 28, No. 4, 2011, pp 313-328

  • 2010: Shutai toshite no shimin to wa nani ka (Was bedeutet der Bürger als Subjekt?), in: Tôkyô daigaku kyôyô gakubu-hô, 6.5.2010, No. 529, p. 2

  • 2008: with Sprengel, Rainer: Studienbrief: Civil Society (= Fernstudium Nachhaltige Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, TU Kaiserslautern)

Selected projects

  • International Research Training Group Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, University of Tokyo: Transformations of Civic Society. Japan and Germany in Comparative Perspective (German Research Foundation (DFG)/ Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)) (co-speaker during the first phase of funding)

  • Local partnerships in Japan – potential for democratisation? (DFG)

  • "Social capital in East Asia", section "civil culture" (MEXT) 2010 – 2013, Senshu University Tokyo/Japan (MEXT)

  • Special research project "Civil Society, the State and Culture in Comparative Perspective", Project 2: Public Policy and Policy Networks in Global Civil Society, (JSPS), 2003 – 2009 Tsukuba University, Japan

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • European Japan Experts Association (EJEA) (1996 founding member, 1996 – 2000 chair, since 2000 member of the executive committee)

  • German Association for Asian Studies (DGA) (1997 – 2006 member of the advisory board, 2006 – 2009 member of the executive committee)

  • VSJF – German Association for Social Science Research on Japan (1988 founding member, 1988 – 1997 member of the executive committee, 1994 – 1997 chair of the executive committee)

  • Gesellschaft für Japanforschung (GJF – German Japanese studies association) (2002 – 2005 member of the executive committee)

  • Member of the committee at the Federal Foreign Office preparing for the "Germany in Japan 2005/2006" and in charge of the opening symposium, with support from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2003 – 2005

  • Member of the editorial board for Japan Aktuell – Journal of Current Japanese Affairs, 2006 – 2008

  • Student liaison for the Heinrich Böll Foundation, 2007 – 2010

  • Member of the academic advisory committee to the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo (Max Weber Foundation), since 2008

  • Member of the foundation council of the Japanese-German Centre Berlin, since 2008

  • Member of the bilateral Japanese-German Forum, since 2008

  • Deputy chair of the academic advisory board to the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt, since 2011

  • Member of the academic advisory board to the Centre for Modern East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen, since 2012

  • Chair of the academic advisory board to the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo (Max Weber Foundation), since 2012

Additional qualifications

  • Visiting researcher at Tokyo University (Japan Foundation), 1984 – 1986

  • Visiting professor at the University of Niigata (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)), summer semester 1996

  • Visiting professor at Nagoya City University, summer semester 1997

  • Visiting professor at Tokyo University, summer semester 1999

  • Visiting professor at Waseda University, Tokyo (JSPS), summer semester 2006

  • Visiting professor at Tokyo University, winter semester 2010


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