Publications

The Abe Government and the 2014 Screening of Japanese Junior High School History Textbooks

School textbooks are an arena of contesting the past to shape the future, and can be a sign of democracy as well as an indicator of efforts to suppress it. Results of the Japanese government’s school textbook screening show how successful the Abe administration is in imposing its views of controversial issues, such as the ‘comfort women’ and the Nanjing Massacre.

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Statement of Social Democratic Party of Japan on the House of Representatives General Election

In response to the surprise dissolution and general election seeking the voters' judgment on ‘Abenomics’, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) positioned the election as questioning the politics of the Abe administration. It chose the slogan “For Peace and Social Welfare, it must be the SDP”, as the very opposite to the policies of the Abe administration.

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"The Politics of History - History in Politics. Sources relating to the History Textbook Controversy and other debates over history and memory in Japan and East Asia."

Discussions about the Asia-Pacific War (1931-1945) still have a tremendous impact on international relations in East Asia. This collection of documents will help to better understand the complex processes of reconciliation and the tensions that continue to play out in the region.

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Japanese translation of "Die 6 Mythen der Euro-Krise" ("ユーロ危機をめぐる6つの「神話")

With its outcome showing an increasing distrust in its institutions and the rise of euro-sceptic and right-wing movements, the European elections have substantially shaken up the European politics. This paper argues that even though Germany has up until this point not yet ben immensly troubled by such movements, German politics should neither on a national nor on the European level be seen as a story of success.

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"Learning from the Nazis? How the Japanese constitution is being quietly undermined."

In summer 2013, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso suggested that Japan should learn methods of constitutional revision from the Nazis in 1930s Germany. This paper analyses the background of this statement and the underlying ideology of Japan's political class.

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"Japan ist übrigens auch noch da" (Japan is still important)

Germany seems out of touch with Japan. High ranking federal representatives, including Merkel, and the German media seem to focus only little on Japan and its recent developments, such as in economy and politics, or are too heavily focused on very specific topics like the Fukushima catastrophe. This is surprising, given that Japan is the world's fourth largest economy and a vital partner to Germany in the Asia-Pacific region.

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"Rechtsruck in Japan? - Am Rundfunksender NHK zeigen sich die Konflikte der japanischen Gesellschaft" (Japan shifts to the right?)

Even though NHK is Japan’s publicly owned broadcaster, to this date it has maintained its independence from the government. This is increasingly changing, due to more active political interventions to key areas like program planning and staffing. This development has led to fierce discussions about the freedom of media in Japanese politics.

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"PM Abe Overturns Japan’s Pacifist Postwar Order"

1 July 2014 will go down in history as a watershed in Japan’s postwar history, a twenty-first century "day of infamy" when Abe hijacked democracy by renouncing Article 9 and the nation’s pacifist postwar order in an unscrupulous manner, achieving by fiat what he didn’t dare try through established constitutional procedures.

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"Geschichte der Sozialdemokratie in Japan" (History of Social Democracy in Japan)

In the course of the development of political ideologies in modern Japan, Social Democracy has been subject to many changesof minor relevance. What is understood by the concept has been subject to profound changes over time in Japan,just as in Europe, however in essence ithas remained a foreign idea to the Japanese. Situated between right- and left-leaning ideologies like Marxism, Conservatism and Neo-Liberalism, Social Democracy has at no point reached a broad audience in Japan.

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"Abenomics and Japan’s Growth Prospects"

Until 2012, Japan had suffered two decades of economic stagnation and deflation. Particularly frustrating to businesses was the rampant appreciation of the yen, which accelerated despite such poor growth and the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. After his election, Abe pressed the Bank of Japan to embark on monetary easing, achieving both a weaker yen and a rising stock market.

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