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“Local politics in Japan: Significance, challenges and opportunities” with Prof. Ken Victor Leonard Hijino (Kyoto University)

14.03.2018 | 13:00 c.t. - 17:15

On the occasion of the invitation of Prof. Ken Victor Leonard Hijino (made possibel by the Dahlem Humanities Center), a specialist on Japanese sub-national politics and the interplay of local and national politics (Hijino 2017), this workshop brings together senior and junior researchers to discuss the significance of and the challenges and opportunities in the study of local politics in Japan. Prof. Hijino will present insights from his latest book (Local Politics and National Policy: Multi-level Conflicts in Japan and Beyond, 2017), in which he describes increasing levels of conflict between previously symbiotic local and national governments and the growing significance of the local level. PhD students will introduce ongoing research with a focus on problems in researching “the local” of Japanese politics.



13:15 – 13:30

Welcome by Prof. Blechinger-Talcott (FU Berlin) and Andreas Eder (FU Berlin)

13:30 – 15:00
(Chair: Andreas Eder)

Prof. Ken Victor Leonard Hijino (Kyoto University): “Changing dynamics of multi-level democracy in Japan

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break


15:30 – 17:00
(Chair: Prof. Cornelia Reiher)

  • Andreas Eder (FU Berlin) “When local populists go national: Issues of data collection and comparability of data sources in studying political discourse in Japan”
  • Elena Korshenko (GEAS) “Inter-party interactions and their effects on new parties' survival in Japan”
  • Tim Herbort (FU Berlin) “Multi-level governance of social service provision in Japan”
  • Jan Niggemeier (GEAS) “Challenges of researching activism of small-scale community unions as field challengers in the Japanese labor movement”

17:00 – 17:15


Closing remarks by session chairs and Prof. Hijino

Zeit & Ort

14.03.2018 | 13:00 c.t. - 17:15

Japanologie, Raum 0.17, Hittorfstraße 18, 14195 Berlin