Director, German Institute for Japanese Studies
Florian Coulmas is Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies (Tokyo), and Professor of Japanese Studies at the Institute of East Asian Studies, University Duisburg-Essen. He has taught and researched in various environments, including the National Language Research Institute (Tokyo), Georgetown University, and Chuo University, Tokyo. His publications include more than a dozen monographs. He has been a regular contributor to a number of newspapers including the Japan Times, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
His most recent books are Population Decline and Aging in Japan: The Social Consequences (Routledge, 2007), and Sociolinguistics: The Study of Speakers' Choices (Cambridge University Press, 2006). His research interests include ethnochronology, that is, the cultural study of time, and the study of happiness.
Last Updated: June 30, 2017