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  • Born August 18, 1968 in Mainz, Germany

Current Academic Position (since September 2008)

  • Professor of Modern Japanese History
  • Sophia University
    Faculty of Liberal Arts
  • Kioi-cho 7-1, Chiyoda-ku
  • 102-8554 Tokyo, Japan

Educational Background

  • 11/1999 awarded Dr. phil. in Japanese Studies (major), Modern History and Political Science (minors), University of Bonn
  • 1/1995-11/1999 Ph.D. course in Japanese Studies (major), Political Science and Modern History (minors), University of Bonn
  • 4/1996-3/1998     Dissertation Research at Faculty of Economics, University of Kanazawa, Japan with scholarship awarded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • 12/1994 awarded M.A. degree in Japanese Studies (major), History and Political Science (minors), University of Bonn
  • 10/1990-12/1994 M.A. course in Japanese Studies, Modern History and Political Science, University of Bonn
  • 10/1989-9/1990 M.A. course in Modern and Medieval History, Political Science and Japanese Studies at the University of Cologne
  • 10/1987-9/1989 M.A. course in Modern and Medieval History, Political Science and Ancient History at the University of Mainz

Working Experience

  • 4/2005-9/2008  Associate Professor, The University of TokyoGraduate School of Arts and Sciences/Faculty of Liberal Arts
  • 11/2000-3/2005   , Deutsches Institut fuer Japanstudien (DIJ) (German Institute for Japanese Studies), Tokyo;  Senior Research Fellow (1/2004-3/2005 Head of Humanities Section
    The DIJ is a research institute established and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The aim of the Institute is to study modern Japanese politics, economy, and society.
  • 4/1999-9/2000   Lecturer, Center for Japanese StudiesPhillipps-University Marburg, Germany
  • 4/1998-3/1999 Lecturer (koshi), Faculty of EconomicsKanazawa University
  • 4/1997-3/1998 Visiting Research Fellow (kyakuin kenkyu-in), Faculty of Economics,Kanazawa University
  • 1996-2002 Freelance writer for various magazines of Pro Press Publishers, Bonn,mainly reporting about Japanese telecommunication industry, problems of bureaucracy and Public Procurement Procedures in Japan
  • 1994-1996 Editorial Assistant for the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, Bonn Bureau
  • Languages

    German, Japanese
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