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Lecture by Dr. Barbara Holthus

Dr. Barbara Holthus, a sociologist and deputy director at the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo, gave a lecture on life course and well-being on December 20th, 2021.


Dr. Holthus presented a series of research reports on gender and regional disparities in well-being and child rearing in Japan. Her research methods include media analysis, qualitative and quantitative research, and mixed methods research. In addition, she mentioned the importance of an interdisciplinary, cross-sectional perspective.


In the lecture, well-being in the Japanese life course was discussed from multiple perspectives. Topics included the changing values of marriage, the changing motivation of volunteers for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, the relationship between pets and humans, among others. After the lecture, there was a lively discussion with the participants.


It was a successful lecture that discussed a wide range of issues, such as cultural differences, how to perceive well-being, differences by life stage, and the possibility of future multidisciplinary joint research.

Reported by Hiromi Segawa, Research Fellow


This lecture was supported by JSPS Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research.