February 27, 2021: Invitation: 2021 Annual Conference of the German Association for Social Science Research on Japan (VSJF) on “Continuity and Change 10 years after 3.11“, March 19, 09:00 – 17:00 (CET) / 17:00 – 01:00 (JST)

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and the subsequent catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, the VSJF Annual Conference 2021 focuses on the long-term effects of the triple disaster on Japanese politics and society. The one-day online conference offers three panels, which are devoted to change and continuity in energy policy (1), life in the Tōhoku areas hit hardest by the triple disaster (2), and interactions between civil society and the state (3).

The Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB) and the German Association for Social Science Research in Japan (VSJF), in cooperation with the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) and supported by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and Universität Zürich, would like to invite you and your colleagues to the VSJF Annual Conference 2021 on

Continuity and Change 10 years after 3.11

On Friday, March 19, 2021, 09:00 – 17:00 (CET) / 17:00 – 01:00 (JST)

You will find a detailed description of the three panels and a programme on the registration website.

The conference will be held in English.

For your virtual participation via ZOOM please use the online registration website.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the virtual Japanese-German Center Berlin.


09.00-09.30 (CET)/17:00-17:30 (JST)


Organisers (Florentine Koppenborg, Anna Wiemann, Tobias Weiss)

VSJF Chair Anke Scherer

JDZB Secretary General Julia Münch

DIJ Director Franz Waldenberger

09:30-11:30 (CET)/17:30-19:30 (JST)

Panel 1: Change and Continuity in Energy Policy

Chair: Franz Waldenberger (DIJ)

Hiroshi Takahashi (Tsuru University): “Carbon Neutral by 2050? -Policy Debate on the Next Basic Energy Plan”

Asami Takehama (Ritsumeikan University): “Large-Scale Integration of Renewable Energy in 2030: Supply-demand Balance in the Grid and Challenges in the Regulatory Framework”

Andrew DeWit (Rikkyō University): “Japan’s Imperative of Material Efficiency in the Energy Transition”

11:30-12:30 (CET)/19:30-20:30 (JST)

Break: Let’s meet up online on Wonder

12:30-14:30 (CET)/20:30-22:30 (JST)

Panel 2: Tōhoku – Life between Nuclear Radiation and Reconstruction

Chair: Phoebe Holdgrün (JDZB)

Cornelia Reiher (Freie Universität Berlin): “Governing Radionuclides in Food in Post-Fukushima Japan”

Julia Gerster (Tōhoku University): “Institutionalization and Representations of Disaster Memory in Tōhoku: Disaster Museums and Exhibitions on the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Disaster”

Isaac Gagné (DIJ): “Haunting Memories of 3.11 and the Heaviness of Trauma in Post-Disaster Miyagi”

14:30-15:00 (CET)/22:30-23:00 (JST)

Break: Let’s meet up online on Wonder

15:00-16:30 (CET)/23:00-00:30 (JST)

Panel 3: Civil Society and the State since 3.11

Chair: Gesine Folianty-Jost (Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

Keiichi Satō (Hitotsubashi University): “Changes in the Landscape of Antinuclear Movements after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident”

Carl Cassegård (University of Gothenburg): “Between Government and Grassroots: Challenges to Institutionalization in the Japanese Environmental Movement”

Ayaka Löschke (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg): “Mothers Against Radiation: Effort to Become a ‘Professional’ Organization and its Failure”

16:30-17:00 (CET)/00:30-01:00 (JST)

Wrap-Up by the Organisers

Florentine Koppenborg, Anna Wiemann, Tobias Weiss

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