Prof. Dr. Ayaka Loeschke

Prof. Dr. Ayaka Loeschke

Institut für Sprachen und Kulturen des Nahen Ostens und Ostasiens
Juniorprofessur für Japanologie (Schwerpunkt Digitale Transformation und Politik)

Raum: Raum 02.114
Artilleriestraße 70
91052 Erlangen

Academic Appointments


  • 02/2019-03/2019 – Visiting Scholar, Department of Intercultural Communication (Host: Prof. Dr. Yuko Kawai), Rikkyo University, Tokyo.
  • 09/2019 – Junior professor for Japanese studies (with tenure track, main focus on digital transformation and politics), Institute for Near Eastern and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.
  • 9/2018 ‒ 08/2019 – SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellow, Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Sciences, Chair of Empirical Theories of Politics (Prof. Dr. Christoph Knill), University of Munich, Germany (sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation).
  • 09/2018 – 09/2019 – SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation) Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellow, Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Sciences, Chair of Empirical Theories of Politics (Host: Prof. Dr. Christoph Knill), University of Munich, Germany.
  • 05/2017 – 06/2017 – Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Medical Anthropology on Disaster Reconstruction, School of Human Sciences, University of Waseda, Tokyo (Host: Prof. Dr. Takuya Tsujiuchi) (sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Zurich).
  • 10/2016 – 04/2017 – Research Fellow, University Research Priority Program (URPP) Asian and Europe, University of Zurich.
  • 01/2016 – 09/2016 – SNSF Doc.Mobility Fellow, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle (Host: Prof. Dr. Robert Pekkanen).
  • 01/2013 – 12/2015 – PhD Candidate, URPP Asia and Europe, University of Zurich (sponsored by the Humer Foundation for Academic Talent).


  • 2013 ‒ 2018 – Dissertation in Japanese studies, University of Zurich.
    • Thesis: “The National Advocacy of Japan’s Civil Society Organizations Against Radiation: Policymaking and Organizational Transformation Over Six Years”
    • Committee: Prof. Dr. David Chiavacci, Prof. Dr. Benedikt Korf, Prof. Dr. Verena Blechinger-Talcott
    • Grade: summa cum laude
  • 2010 ‒ 2013 MA in Philosophy, University of Bonn.
    • Main focus: normative ethics, meta ethics, Bernard Williams
  • 2008 – 2009 Doctoral program in Philosophy, Sophia University, Tokyo
  • 2008 Master in Philosophy, Sophia University, Tokyo.
    • Main focus: Martin Heidegger, Mahayana Buddhism, metaphysics of the Kyoto School.

Research Interests

a. Hate Speech:
Regulation of the Internet and demonstrations in Japan, online and offline activism of leftists and far-rightists.
b. Japanese civil society and politics:
Mobilization and development of social movements through SNS, Anti-nuclear movements, mothers’ social movements, party politics, bureaucracy.
c. Energy politics in Japan:
Politics for renewable energies, politics for reconstruction of the Fukushima prefecture.


2016– Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
2016– British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS)


List of publications can be found here (June, 2021).