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Briefing with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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        

Prof. Saaler meets Prime Minister Hatoyama

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.

My comments on the resignation of PM Abe (in German)

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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: or here for the English version “A Trump-like anti-intellectual”:  

New book on Pan-Asianism

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: