European Association for Japanese Studies

Hanno Jentzsch

Lecturer at Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden University


I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the EAJS council. A political scientist by training, my work focuses on regional inequalities, agricultural reform, local governance, and social welfare in Japan. From my time as a PhD candidate to my current position at Leiden University, I have gained experience with research and teaching about Japan in different academic and institutional contexts in Europe and Japan. If elected, I hope to be able to use some of these experiences as a member of the EAJS council.

Since I first joined in 2014, I have come to value the EAJS as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange with a growing network of colleagues and friends from Europe, but also from Japan, the U.S., and other regions. The 2014 EAJS conference in Ljubljana was my first international conference and one of the first opportunities to present my work as a PhD student. With this positive experience in mind, I would like to contribute to keeping the EAJS – and especially the conferences – inclusive and accessible for early-career scholars and students with limited resources.


Since January 2023: Lecturer, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden University

2020-2023: University Assistant, Department of East Asian Studies/Japanese Studies, Vienna University

2016-2020: Senior Research Fellow, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo

2011-2016: PhD Fellow, DFG Graduate School 1613 “Risk and East Asia”, University of Duisburg-Essen

2011: MA “Politics of East Asia”, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum


Ganseforth, Sonja and Hanno Jentzsch, eds. 2022. Rethinking Locality in Japan. London and New York: Routledge.

Jentzsch, Hanno. 2021. Harvesting State Support. Institutional Change and Local Agency in Japan’s Agricultural Support and Protection Regime. Toronto: Toronto University Press.

Jentzsch, Hanno. 2020. ‘Japan’s Changing Regional World of Welfare: Agricultural Reform, Hamlet-based Collective Farming, and the Local Renegotiation of Social Risks’. Pacific Affairs, 93 (2): 327-351.

Jentzsch, Hanno. 2020. ‘Regional Revitalization as a Contested Arena: Promoting Wine Tourism in Yamanashi’. In Japan’s New Ruralities, ed. Wolfram Manzenreiter, Ralph Lützeler and Sebastian Polak-Rottmann. Abingdon, Oxon, New York, NY: Routledge: 159-174.

Jentzsch, Hanno. 2017. ‘Tracing the Local Origins of Farmland Policies in Japan: Local-National Policy Transfers and Endogenous Institutional Change’. Social Science Japan Journal, 20 (2): 243-260.