On 24 April 2023, the German-Japanese Society for Social Sciences (GJSSS) lost its founding father, former President and Honorary President, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Joachim Kornadt, who passed away at the age of 95. Professor Kornadt, who was Professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Science at Saarland University, founded the German-Japanese Society for Social Sciences in 1989 in Tôkyô together with a small group of German and Japanese social scientists interested in a German-Japanese scientific exchange and served as the Society’s first President. He dedicated himself to academic exchange and held various guest professorships in Japan and Indonesia, amongst others at Keiô University in Tôkyô. His scholarly work, which includes more than 150 publications, was mainly concerned with comparative cultural studies, especially on aggression research. In addition to his commitment to research and teaching, he was active in high-ranking committees in the field of education and science policy as well as science planning. For instance, he was a member of the German Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat), President of the German Psychological Society and Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tôkyô. He was also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research and the Wilhelm Wundt Society. After his retirement, he was Senate Representative for the establishment of the Faculty of Education at the re-established University of Erfurt, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2009. For his commitment to German-Japanese academic relations, Professor Kornadt was awarded the German-Japanese Research Prize and in 2006 received the Federal Cross of Merit First Class (Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse) for his outstanding achievements. He was active for our Society until the end and co-edited the volume Social Change in Germany and Japan (Pabst Publishers) together with Gisela Trommsdorff and Carmen Schmidt in 2021 to mark the 30th anniversary of our Society. With Hans-Joachim Kornadt, the Society not only loses one of its founding members, but also a highly esteemed colleague and friend.
On behalf of the Executive Board of the GJSSS
Prof. Dr. Carmen Schmidt, President GJSSS