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The Philipp Franz von Siebold Award Winner 2019

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Masahiro Noguchi

Masahiro Noguchi and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Award ceremony

Political scientist Masahiro Noguchi is a Professor of Politics at the private Seikei University in Tokyo. He is a leading international authority on Max Weber.

Noguchi has authored several important books on the works of the German sociologist Max Weber. He always combines his critical interpretation of the political history of ideas with the perspective of contemporary Japanese and German issues. Studies on bureaucracy are another focus of his research.
In addition to this, Noguchi has delivered outstanding translations of works by and about Max Weber and thus made an important contribution both to disseminating German research in Japan and to promoting intellectual exchange in the humanities and social sciences.
In his role as a publicist and essayist he is a critical observer of current political and social developments in both countries, building bridges in German-Japanese academic relations.

After reading political science at Waseda University, Tokyo, Noguchi studied sociology, political science and philosophy at the University of Bonn, completing his doctoral studies there in 2003. He subsequently worked as a lecturer at several universities in Japan, becoming an assistant professor at Waseda University in 2007 and an associate professor at Gifu University in 2008. In 2010, he moved to Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, where he was appointed to a full professorship in 2013. In the same year, he returned to Bonn for a year as a Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study “Law as Culture”. Since 2017, he has been a professor in the Faculty of Law, Department of Political Science, at Seikei University in Tokyo.

At Seikei University, which offers exchange programmes with universities in Munich and Heidelberg, Noguchi is actively involved in advising students who want to complete part of their university education in Germany.

Philipp Franz von Siebold Award

This research award was donated by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany on the occasion of his state visit to Japan in 1978. It is awarded annually to a Japanese academic for outstanding services to enhancing mutual understanding of culture and society in Germany and Japan. The award is valued at €50,000.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time conducting research in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 29,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 55 Nobel Laureates.

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