The German Institute for Japanese Studies was founded in 1988 in Tokyo as an interdisciplinary research institution dedicated to investigating modern Japan. Our mission is to enhance knowledge and understanding of Japanese society, economy, politics and culture, as well as Japan’s international relations, by applying and advancing methods and theories from both the humanities and the social sciences. Comparative perspectives as well as multi- and interdisciplinary approaches are central to our research activities. Through our extensive network and by conducting conferences and lectures and offering a visiting scholar program the institute also functions as an intermediary in academic exchange particularly but not exclusively between Germany and Japan. Our expertise is frequently utilized by multipliers and decision-makers in the fields of education, media, politics, and business.

German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo

Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1, Kioicho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102 - 0094
Tel. +81 332 225 077
Fax +81 332 225 420


The DIJ Tokyo sees itself as an "on-site" centre for Japanese Studies which is part of an international network. The institute focuses on study and documentation of German-Japanese Relations, promotion of next-generation academics, and cooperation with Japanese institutes and academics.

Founded: 1988

Positions: 18 (average number according to recorded information, including project staff)

Areas of Research:
Society, Economics, Politics and Culture of Modern Japan; International Relations of Japan

Library: approx. 20,730 monographs, 167 subscribed periodicals

The DIJ library contains mostly materials in German, Japanese and English related to Japan and publications about German-Japanese relations. It further holds reference works such as bibliographies, encyclopedias, and dictionaries. Noteworthy is the special collection of primary sources relating to the German POWs in Bandō and other prisoner camps in Japan after the First World War.

Promotion of Young Academics:
Scholarships for PhD students, internships

- Contemporary Japan (peer-reviewed, international journal)
- Monographs from the DIJ
- Bibliographical
- Japan and Europe
- Miscellanea
- Working Papers
- Newsletter
- Bulletin

DIJ Forum, DIJ Business & Economics Study Group, DIJ History & Humanities Study Group, DIJ Social Science Study Group, Workshops, Academic symposia and conferences

Statement of the Board of trustees about the DIJ Tokyo (German)

Academic Advisory Council