Daniel Kremers

German Institute for Japanese Studies



Daniel Kremers is senior research fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. in Japanese Studies from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. He studied Japanese Studies, Political Science and Journalism at Leipzig University, and as an exchange student visited the Graduate School of Political Science (GSPS) and the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (GSAPS) at Waseda University, Tokyo. His dissertation investigated the influence of advocacy and lobbying by labor unions, NGOs, employer associations and parties on Japan’s immigration policy in a case study on the Technical Intern Training Program (TITP). His current research focuses on the use of renewable energies in local communities and its effects on the equity and resilience of societies. Together with filmmaker Tilman König, Daniel co-produced and co-directed the documentary Sour Strawberries – Japan’s hidden ‘guest workers’. Recent publications: “Human rights for human resources: Japan debates and expands the controversial Technical Internship Training Program, once more” published on Asia Pacific Memo October 2015.