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Axel Klein will present results of his JSPS-sponsored field research in Japan on these three occassions:

04 October 2022, 18.30–20 Uhr JST (= 11.30–13 Uhr MESZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens (OAG), Tokyo
Populismus in Japan. Auf der Suche nach einem Phänomen

05 October 2022, Sophia University, Tokyo

11 October 2022, 18.30 h JST (= 11.30 h CEST), German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo (Social Science Study Group)
Smoke without a Fire? The Search for Populism in Japan

Anyone interested in populism in East Asia will quickly realize that the academic discourse on the topic is as enlightening as it is confusing. The relatively few scholars who are active in this field have produced a conceptually and empirically diverse body of literature. In some of it the sheer existence of populism is contested as are its key components and consequently its definition. The phenomena labelled as Japanese, South Korean or Taiwanese manifestations of populism include a very diverse group of political actors influenced by the respective political culture and issue salience. One finding most scholars agree upon, however, is that the case of East Asian democracies is almost non-existent in comparative efforts of the international political science community. This joint project sets out to take a comparative and close look at “Populism in East Asian Democracies” (PinEAD) to understand the form populism takes in these countries.

PinEAD is led by:

Axel Klein (IN-EAST) for Japan,
Frédéric Krumbein (Tel Aviv) for Taiwan,
Hannes Mosler (IN-EAST) for South Korea

Axel Klein     Frederic Krumbein     Hannes Mosler

PinEAD is part of “Team Populism” (

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