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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