For decades, there has been a close co-operation with Japan. In the 1970s and 1980s, educationalists of the University of Münster have essentially contributed to a revival of Montessori Education in Japan. Some works of Montessori experts from Münster were translated into Japanese.
These connections, in particular with the renowned Sophia University in Tokyo, have been revived since Prof. Klaus Luhmer, PhD, SJ (Sophia University), president of the Japanese Montessori Association, and Prof. Masako Ejima, PhD (Kanto Gakuen University), editor of the Japanese magazine Montessori Education, visited Münster in 1998. In spring 2001, Prof. Ludwig, PhD, spent a couple of weeks at the Sophia University in Tokyo and other Japanese universities that put a main emphasis on New Education and Montessori Education, where he gave lectures and informed himself about how New Educational concepts are put into practice in the Japanese education system.
In 2002 Prof. Luhmer and Prof. Ejima participated in the Montessori conference of the Montessori Centre to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Maria Montessori. In 2003 Prof. Ludwig gave a speech on Maria Montessoris Peace Education at the Sophia-University of Tokyo.
Moreover, close work relations exist to the Montessori Training Centre and Montessori Children’s House in Kyoto that are run by Mrs Keiko Shinohara Akabane, who got acquainted with Montessori Education in the 1960s and 1970s in Münster and Cologne and who is regarded as a pioneer of Montessori Education in Japan. The last time Mrs Akabane visited the Montessori Centre in Münster was in 2001 and 2004. Prof. Ludwig gave a speech in Kyoto in 2001 and a lecture in 2003 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Montessori Training Centre there.
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Ejima, Masako: Die Montessori-Rezeption in Japan, in: Montessori-Werkbrief 27 (1989), p.62-69
Luhmer, Klaus: Montessori-Pädagogik in Japan, in: „Das Kind“ 28/2000, p.50-53
Shinohara-Akabane, Keiko: Begegnung mit der Montessori-Pädagogik, in: Ludwig, Harald/ Fischer, Christian/ Fischer, Reinhard (Hrsg.): Montessori-Pädagogik in Deutschland, Reihe: Impulse der Reformpädagogik, ed. by H. Ludwig, Bd.7, Münster: LIT-Verlag 2002, p.87-91
Luhmer, Klaus: Montessori-Bewegung in Japan — Deutsche Impulse, in: Fischer, Reinhard/ Heitkämper, Peter (eds.): Montessori-Pädagogik: aktuelle und internationale Entwicklungen — Festschrift für Prof. Dr. Harald Ludwig, Reihe: Impulse der Reformpädagogik, ed. by H. Ludwig, Bd.10, Münster: LIT-Verlag 2005, p.232-240
Prof. Dr. Klaus Luhmer SJ, Sophia-Universität, S.J. House, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 102-8571, Japan, Tel./Fax: 0081-03-3238-5013, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Dr. Masako Ejima, Kanto Gakuen, 200 Fujiaku-cho, Ota-shi, Gunma-ken (373-0034), Japan, Tel. 0081-276-32-7850, Fax 0081-276-31-2708, e-mail: email@example.com
Ms Keiko Shinohara-Akabane, 17 Mukaigahara-cho, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-0817, Japan, Tel. 0081-75-641-8280, Fax: 0081-75-642-8588