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M.A. Lorenz Denninger

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Institute of East Asian Studies

Japanese Studies


Hittorfstr. 18 Neubau
Room 1.29
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838 4571 16

Professional Experience

01/2014 – 01/2015

since 08/2010

Council Assistant for the European Association for Japanese Studies

Research Fellow at the Institute of East Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin




Japanese Studies, Modern History and North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin


M.A. (Title of thesis: Japan’s Foreign Policy towards North Korea – The Abduction Issue and the Case of Domestic Pressure on Japan’s Foreign Policy)


Study Abroad


Chuo-University, Tokyo


Activities & Memberships


David Chiavacci and Iris Wieczorek (eds.) (2011), Japan   2011. Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, Berlin: VSJF.

David Chiavacci and Iris Wieczorek (eds.) (2012), Japan   2012. Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, Berlin: VSJF.

David Chiavacci and Iris Wieczorek (eds.) (2013), Japan   2013. Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, Berlin: VSJF.

Yoko Kawaguchi (2014), Japanische Zen-Gärten. DVA: München




German Association for Social Science Research on Japan (VSJF); German Association for Asian Research (DGA)

Research Fields

Foreign and Security Policy; Japan’s internal security; Japan’s counter-terrorism policies; Japan’s relations to the Koreas


(2015) ‘Redirecting Security Narratives and Institutions in Japan’s Response to 9/11’, in: Sebastian Maslow, Ra Mason and Paul O’Shea (eds.), Risk State. Japan’s Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty. Farnham: Ashgate.


Academic Presentations

(2014) ‘Securing the Olympics by Protecting State Secrets?’, presentation held at the workshop ‘Security and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games’, 18 May 2014, at Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf.

(2013) “Crime and Crime-fighting in the Global City Tokyo“, Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Institute of East Asian Studies, Free University Berlin, June 8, 2013, Berlin.

(2012) ‘Narratives of Japanese Security after 9/11 and Japan’s Shifting Security Policy’, presentation held at the 15th Convention of German Speaking Japan Scholars, 28-30 August 2012, in Zurich.

(2010) ‘Japan’s Relations to North Korea and the Abduction Issue – Domestic Pressure on Foreign Policy Processes’, presentation at the 7th Symposium of Young Academics – Summer Academy ASIEN, 9-12 August 2010, in Tutzing.