We are delighted to announced that Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Herbert has joined our editorial board. Prof. Herbert is going to be senior editor and will reinforce pro bono Dr. Jeff Christian (senior editor) and Dr. Christian Tribowski (managing director & chief editor).
“This is a great day for the readers of The Shotokan Times and the editorial board. We are very fortunate”, says Dr. Tribowski. Wolfgang Herbert hold a 5th dan and has closely followed the teaching of Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa for decades. An extensive karate CV of Wolfgang Herbert can be found here. Today, he lives and teaches karate in Tokushima, Japan. Here he also serves as professor for comparative cultural studies at the University of Tokushima.
“His academic and scientific background are invaluable for our readers. Since 1988, Prof. Wolfgang Herbert lives, teaches, and researches in Japan. His deep knowledge about the country and its culture will help the readers of The Shotokan Times to understand what Japan and Shotokan karate are really about”, says Dr Tribowski.
Prof. Herbert´s present fields of specialization are comparative sociology, social deviance, (Zen) Buddhism, Martial Arts and Meditation.
Academic Career of Prof. Wolfgang Herbert
Wolfgang Herbert was born in Bludenz, Austria in 1960. From 1979-83, he studied philosophy and theology at the University of Vienna. After that he moved on to enroll in Japanese studies (major) and studies in comparative religion. In 1988 he received his Mag.phil. (M.A.) with a thesis on: Yakuza. Self-image, subculture and ideology, University of Vienna. Between 1988-90, he worked as a lecturer for the German language in the Kansai region (Kônan University/Kôbe, Osaka University of Economics Osaka, Goethe Institut Osaka) and conducted field work on “illegal” migrant workers, Yakuza and day laborers.
In 1991/92, he became an assistant at the Institute for Japanese Studies at the University of Vienna. He taught courses in extra-European history (labour migration). During that time, he also became a guest lecturer at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg/Germany and enrolled in their Doctoral program on Japanese studies and (criminal) sociology. In 1993, he received his Dr. phil. (Ph.D) with a thesis on: The delinquency of foreigners in Japan as an argument in the discussion concerning foreign ‘illegal’ migrant workers. From 1994 until 2013, he taught at Tokushima University, Free University Berlin, University of Innsbruck, and Sapientia University.
Since 2013, Wolfgang Herbert has been holding the position as Professor for Comparative Cultural Studies at the University in Tokushima. In 2015, he was on leave to become a visiting professor at the University of Vienna Department of East Asian Studies. In 2017, he held a position as visiting professor at Cambridge University.
Publications of Prof. Wolfgang Herbert
Prof. Herbert has extensively published about Japan. Especially, Yakuza and illegal labor migration to the peninsula have been part of his research. Beside that he also published some books about Buddhism and culture of East Asia. A list of his available books can be found in his amazon profile.