Notification: EJEA Conference 2022 is changed into online style

The EJEA International conference 2022 on Innovation and Action for Managing Urgent Future Local and Global Issues and Domains in Japan and Europe in November will be held ONLINE. Call for Paper for the conference will come soon.

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DIJ History & Humanities Study Group: “Data protection regulation in Japan” on June 30

We cordially invite you to our next DIJ History & Humanities Study Group on  

Data protection regulation in Japan against the background of international trends

June 30, 2022 / 18:30h JST / 11:30h CEST (More details here:

Ana Gascón Marcén, University of Zaragoza

The legal framework to protect personal data was first developed in Europe but has been adopted by countries all over the world. Japan is one example, whose Act on the Protection of Personal Information has followed a path of convergence with the European regime (GDPR). Japan has faced the dilemma of developing such a law while at the same time constructing an environment to better exploit data for innovation. This has given rise to other data regulations like text and data mining exceptions or the Smart Cities Law.

In a digitalized world, the trans-border flow of data has become essential for trade and the exchange of services, but some protectionist trends are gaining ground at the international level, such as data localization. Japan is one of the convenors of the WTO e-commerce negotiations, and as a firm believer in the free market and multilateral trade, Japan has tried to export the same idea that applies internally. This is why Shinzo Abe coined the expression Data Free Flow With Trust, a concept whose objective is to ease the flow of data but with the necessary safeguards for cybersecurity, personal data, or intellectual property. This talk will assess Japan’s push for this concept at the international level, including its successes but also challenges, and it will put it in relation with other relevant actors, such as the United States, the EU and China.

Dr. Ana Gascón Marcén is an Associate Professor in Public International Law and EU Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zaragoza (Spain). She is a member of the Multidisciplinary Research Group “Japan”. Her main research topics are Human Rights, the interplay of Law and Information and Telecommunication Technologies (especially personal data protection) and the comparison of Japanese Law with EU Law. She is also a civil servant of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe, currently on personal leave.

Registration for this online event is required via email to until June 29 (JST). Log in data will be provided after registration.

German Institute for Japanese Studies

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Japanese Industry and Policy News May 2022

The Centre regularly screens various Japanese language sources of potential interest, including newly released policy documents, surveys, and official statements, to provide you with the latest information about EU-Japan industrial cooperation.

We are pleased to send you today the May 2022 issue:

EU-JAPAN CENTRE for Industrial Cooperation | EU-based office

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DIJ Method Talk on June 23: Actors, networks, and where to find them in rural Japan (hybrid; Timo Thelen)

 Actors, networks, and where to find them in rural Japan (

June 23, 2022, Thursday, 6.30pm (JST)/11.30am (CEST), Timo Thelen (Kanazawa University) 

Aging inhabitants, economic decline of the primary sector, outmigration of the young generations – the postgrowth state of Japan’s peripheries challenges local communities to sustain rural living in the globalized age. To stop or even reverse this structural decline, various actors such as regional governments and research institutions forge strategies of revitalization, following national aims as well as global frameworks. For the investigation of these new and complex formations of power and knowledge in rural Japan, actor-and-network theory (ANT) can provide a window to shed light on how different allies find their goals unified in a common project and how links between centers and peripheries are established. It can, moreover, help to understand the impacts that such projects may – or may not – have on the local communities, which are supposed to benefit from them.

Timo Thelen will introduce some basic ideas of ANT and STS (science and technology studies) as coined by Bruno Latour (Pandora’s Hope, 1999) and give advice on their practical employment as tools for analysis and interpretation of ethnographic fieldwork data based on his own experience. By drawing on examples from his recent publication “Revitalization and Internal Colonialism in Rural Japan” (Routledge, 2022), he will discuss the potential of such a research approach for the study of rural Japan.

Timo Thelen is Lecturer at Kanazawa University, where he teaches Cultural Anthropology and German as a Foreign Language. He received his PhD from Dusseldorf University in 2018. His research focuses on rural Japan, media tourism, LGBTQ, and horror. Recent publications include “Between 1990s’ Nostalgia and ‘LGBT-friendly’ Tokyo Olympics: Representations of LGBTQ People in NHK’s Morning Drama Series” (Japanese Studies, 2021) and “Real Mermaid vs. Nuclear Power Plant: Ecofeminist Vengeance and Ama Divers in Japanese Horror” (Gothic Nature, 2021).

This is a Hybrid Event!

On-site participation: Registration is required via email to until June 22, 2022. Due to safety reasons the number of participants is limited to 16; masks are obligatory.
Please adhere to our covid-19 prevention measures.

Online participation: Please register via the webpage. Log in data will be provided after registration.

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