The DAAD provides scholarships, informs about study and research in Germany, promotes university cooperation and supports German study programmes abroad. Here, you will find more detailed information on the work of the DAAD in Japan and our office in Tokyo.

The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the DAAD branch office Tokyo’s work. Please find information on our current office hours as well as on our consulting service  here. We kindly ask for your understanding that office hours may change on short notice and according to the development of the general situation in Japan.

The DAAD in Japan

Japanese-German academic exchange has a long history in Japan as has the work of the DAAD in Japan. The first Japanese scholarship holder was the famous artist Kaii Higashiyama, who studied in Berlin between 1933 and 1935.

The DAAD Regional Office in Tokyo was founded in 1978. Since then, our work is to provide information about study and research in Germany. Every year we support numerous Japanese exchange students and researchers in Germany with scholarships. The funding reaches from individual scholarships to the financial support of scientific projects, university cooperations and conferences.

We offer free consultation about studying in Germany for study beginners, graduates, doctoral students and for experienced academics. Whether you want to know about admission to German universities, the German scientific landscape or about university cooperation – we always try to provide you the information you need. Please use our contact form, if you have any questions!

DAAD Tokyo

Akasaka 7-5-56, Minato-ku
107-0052 Tokio

Telephone: +81 (3) 3582-5962
Fax: +81 (3) 3582-5554


Dr. Laura Blecken

Head of Programs / Deputy Director
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… is the Head of Programs at the German Centre for Research and Innovation in Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo). She manages the centre’s day-to-day operations, closely stays in touch with the Advisory Board members and Japanese partners at place and develops the DWIHs event concepts and programs. She leads the DAAD Tokyo as interim director until August 2022.

Dr. Manuela Sato-Prinz

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… joined the team in April 2018. She has an appointment as DAAD visiting lecturer at Keio University. At the Regional Office Tokyo, she acts as senior program officer, mainly being in charge of the DAAD program for German-speaking university teachers in Japan and for German studies in Japan.

Sachi Tamai

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…  takes care of the administration and finances of the Regional Office Tokyo. She is also responsible for the DAAD follow-up programmes for Japanese.

Miyuki Oyama

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.. advises Japanese students about studying in Germany by phone and in person during office hours. She is also in charge of compiling information material including flyers and brochures, that are distributed at the DAAD Regional Office Tokyo. If you have questions about studying or researching in Germany, please refer to the page Contact.

Yoshinobu Kurushima

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…informs about the scholarships of DAAD Japan as well as programmes for VIP and researchers.

Eiko Seki

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… supervises the associations of former scholarship holders in Japan: DAAD Tomo no Kai and the Association of Humboldtians in East Japan.

Pascal Wenz


…supports the scholarship programmes for German undergraduates, graduates and young researchers. In addition, he researches developments in higher education and academic research in Japan. He has a background in Japanese studies and the study of religion, and was a MEXT scholar himself.

Kiyofumi Horita


…administers the scholarship programme “Language and Practice in Japan” for German graduate students and takes care of the Japanese DAAD alumni. He works closely with the alumni associations and organizes networking events.

Tamayo Suzuki

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is responsible for logistical tasks at the German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo).

Yu Takeuchi


… is responsible for online communications and public relations of DAAD Tokyo and DWIH Tokyo. She looks after the website, newsletter and social media.