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Open access from 2013!

Contemporary Japan

Journal of the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo

Editor-in-Chief: Waldenberger, Franz

Managing Editor: Backhaus, Peter


Open Access

Aims and Scope

Contemporary Japan (CJ) is the peer-reviewed biannual journal of the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ), published by De Gruyter. All issues of Contemporary Japan are available open access.

The international editorial board consists of distinguished Japan specialists from a broad array of disciplines. The managing editors are Japan experts working for the DIJ.

Contemporary Japan publishes in-depth, original work from all disciplines as they relate to contemporary Japan and her historical roots. Manuscripts which cross disciplinary boundaries and raise larger issues of interest are also welcome, as are research notes.

De Gruyter published the first volume of Contemporary Japan (No. 22) in 2010. Back issues of the journal (formerly published under the title Japanstudien) are available from Iudicium Verlag GmbH at For more information please refer to the editorial website at:

Type of Publication:

Instructions for Authors

Submission policy for

Contemporary Japan
, Journal of the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo

Material submitted to Contemporary Japan should fulfill the following criteria:

1. Submissions should contain original research, new analyses and/or new interpretations focusing on Japan. Authors should also explain how their contribution fits in with the existing body of literature on the respective topic.

2. Authors should not submit articles or substantial amounts of text that have already been published or are forthcoming in other places, or which are included in other manuscripts submitted for review (including online journals) or otherwise committed.

3. Submitted material should demonstrate a familiarity with the Japanese and non-Japanese-language literature on the topic discussed. Priority is given to submissions that utilize both Japanese and other language sources.

4. Authors should keep their contributions as self-contained as possible. Do not simply refer readers to other publications for descriptions of research procedures or major portions of your argument, but explain the main points briefly in your manuscript.

5. Submissions must be no longer than 8,000 words, including notes, tables, charts and bibliography. An abstract of 200 words and 3-5 keywords should also accompany the manuscript.


Contemporary Japan
only accepts electronic submissions. Please email your manuscript to For more information see:

By submitting to Contemporary Japan an author agrees to the conditions specified in the publisher's Copyright Transfer Agreement.

Contemporary Japan is covered by the following services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • Celdes
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • De Gruyter - IBR (International Bibliography of Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • De Gruyter - IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • EBSCO (relevant databases)
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Genamics JournalSeek
  • Google Scholar
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • ReadCube
  • Research Papers in Economics (RePEc)
  • ResearchGate
  • Summon (Serials Solutions/ProQuest)
  • TDOne (TDNet)
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WorldCat (OCLC)

Editorial address

DIJ Tokyo
Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-0094

Editorial Board (2010-2015)

John C. Campbell (University of Michigan & Tokyo University)
David Chiavacci (University of Zurich)
Harald Conrad (University of Sheffield)
Florian Coulmas (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Harald Fuess (Heidelberg University)
Hilaria Gössmann (University of Trier)
Nanette Gottlieb (University of Queensland, Brisbane)
Patrick Heinrich (Ryukyu University)
Barbara G. Holthus (University of Vienna)
Glenn Hook (University of Sheffield)
Jun Imai (Hokkaido University)
Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt (Nagoya University)
Axel Klein (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Rotem Kowner (University of Haifa, Israel)
Sébastien Lechevalier (L'ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
Wolfram Manzenreiter (University of Vienna)
Yoshimichi Sato (Tohoku University)
Ulrike Schaede (University of California, San Diego)
Sawako Shirahase (Tokyo University)
Karen Shire (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Patricia G. Steinhoff (University of Hawaii)

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