During the visits of German Federal President Steinmeier to Japan in 2018 and 2019, I had the pleasure of briefing the President and his wife on Japanese politics. Photo (above): German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife ElkeBuedenbender visit the imperial gardens with Sven Saaler, professor atSophia University in Tokyo, 2018 (Credit: dpa picture alliance / Alamy Stock Photo). More photos from President Steinmeier’s 2018 visit on the website www.bundespraesident.de.
Prof. Saaler discusses questions of East Asian regionalism with Prime Minister Hatoyama, April 2010. A few years later, Mr. Hatoyama invited Prof. Saaler to his internet TV channel to discuss the book Pan-Asianism. A Documentary History.
I had the pleasure to talk to Tristan R. Grunow about my new book Men in Metal. A Topography of Public Bronze Statuary in Modern Japan (Leiden: Brill, 2020). Listen to the podcast HERE!
No prime minister of Japan had a longer tenure than Shinzo Abe. But many of his ambitious goals remained unfulfilled, partly because of the anti-intellectual approaches Abe pursued. Read more here: https://www.ipg-journal.de/regionen/asien/artikel/detail/abtritt-eines-unvollendeten-4605/ or here for the English version “A Trump-like anti-intellectual”: https://www.ips-journal.eu/regions/asia/a-trump-like-anti-intellectual-4615/
New publication on Pan-Asianism just came out. It is a collection of sources relating to ideas and movements of Asian regionalism and Asian solidarity. Very helpful as a reader, or as a guide for research. Details here: http://www.rowman.com/isbn/1442206020
Prof. Saaler meets Abe Tomoko (member of the Lower House of Japan, SDPJ) and Johannes Pflug (member of the German Bundestag, SPD) in Tokyo on 3 June 2010.