Olof Lidin        







Uppsala University, Sweden                                        B.L., 1951

Stockholm University, Sweden                                    B.A., 1955

Sorbonne, France, French studies                                1948

Universität Bonn, German studies                                1951

University of California, Berkeley                                 M.A., 1963

University of California, Berkeley                                 Doctor of Philosophy, 1967




Administrative Officer, Neutral Nations Supervisory

Commission(NNSC),Panmunjom,Korea                                                                1953-55

Secretary, Swedish UN Office, Stockholm                                                    1956-59

Teaching Assistant and Instructor, University of

California, Berkeley                                                                                        1959-65

Lecturer, University of California, Davis                                                                  1965-66

Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis                           1966-69

Amanuensis, University of Copenhagen, Denmark                            1968-72

Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark                                 1972-1996

Docent, Lund University, Sweden                                                                           1969-

Administrator, East Asian Programme, Lund University                   1969-73

Chairman, East Asian Institute, University of Copenhagen               1969-74

Chairman, East Asian Institute, University of Copenhagen               1975-80

Secretary, European Association for Japanese Studies                       1979-82

President, European Association for Japanese Studies                       1982-85

Director, Japan Information Center, Univ. of Copenhagen                1983-1995

Acting Professor Tübingen Unversität ,                              1996-199

Acting Professor Humboldt Universität, Berlin                        1997-2001

Adj. Professor,  Humboldt Universität. 2002-2006

Visiting Professor, Södertörns University, 1998-2003

Guest lecturer, Columbia University and Harvard University and Universität Tübingen, April and June 2001

Guest lecturer, Göteborg University, May and September, 2001 and many times before and also after.





Member of the Society of Sciences, Lund University                        1970

Member of the Royal Society of Sciences, Copenhagen                    1980

Member of Academia Europaea                                                                                                                           1990

Board member, Committee for European-American Exchanges

in East Asian Studies                                                                                                l990

Member, Editorial Board of Japan Forum, published by the

British Association for Japanese Studies                                                                  1990

The Sakura Prize from Zenkoku Nihon Gakushikai                                                  1976

Order of Chivalry from the Queen of Denmark                                                       1983 and 1993

Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan                                                1985

Visiting Professor, International Research Institute for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan                                                                                                                                                                       1992-3

Honorary Distinction, Tokai University                                                                                          1996


GUEST LECTURER (last among many)


Harvard University, The Edwin O. Rwischauer Institue for Japanese Studies, "Ogyû Sorai's Life and Philosophy in Simple Terms", April 2001.

Production List




Från Sverige till Korea 1953 – 1955, Uppsala 1956, partially published.

Ogyû Sorai, Life and Philosophy, with Full Translation of his work Bendô and partial translation of his work Seidan, Ph.D.-dis-

sertation, Ann Arbor, 1968

Ogyû Sorai's Distinguishing the Way, Tokyo, 1970

The Life of Ogyû Sorai, A Tokugawa Confucian Philosopher, Lund, 1973

Ogyû Sorai's Journey to Kai in 1706, with a Translation of the

Kyôchûkikô, London,  1983

Japans Religioner, Copenhagen, 1985

Japans ældre historie, Politiken, for Verdenshistorien,  85 sidor

History of Japanese Thought, in Japanische Geistesgeschichte, Wiesbaden, 1988

Florilegium Japanicum, Copenhagen, 1996

Ogyû Sorai's Discourse on Government (Seidan), An Annotated Translation, Wiesbaden, 2000

Tanegashima - The Arrival of Europe in Japan, Copenhagen, 2002

Same, 2nd edition, London, 2004

From Taoism to Einstein, ri and ki in Chinese and Japanese Thought, A Survey, 2006.

Balance and Chance, Berlin, 2007 and Mïnster 2009-

Min Far – Nestor, Huddinge, 1910.


ARTICLES (partial)


Korea, in Åsakamraten 1957, Katrineholm, 1957. (Swedish).

Upp på Fuji-jama, in Snöklockan 1958, Uppsala, 1958.

Möt Eric Hoffer, Stuveriarbetare –filosof, 1968, icke publicerat.

Mit år i Japan, in Japan-Rapport, Den japanske ambassade, Copenhagen, 1975

En rejse i 1700-tallets Japan, in Carlsbergfondet, Årsskrift 1978.

Report from A Journey to Kai (Kyochukiko), The First Two Days, in The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, 1978.

T. Suzuki: Hansu Kurisuchan Andersen - - Sono kyozô to jitsizô (Hans Christian Andersen - - Den kände Andersen och den verklihe Andrsen, Tokyo shoseki puiblishing, 1979. Review, 2 pages.

A. E. Nordenskjöld i in Japan, in The Journal of Intercultural Studies, No. 6, Tokyo, 1979

Henrik Carl Trolle Steenstrup: Hôjô Shigetoki (1198-1261) and his Rôle in the History of Political and Ethical Ideas in Japan, London and Malmö, 1979, rescension in Historisk Tidskrift, Odense, 1980, fem sidor

The Kai Genji and Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, Tokyo, 1980, in The Jounal of Intercultural Studies, Number 7, Tokyo, 1980

Harmony with Nature in Chinese Thought and Opposition to Nature in in western Thought, not published, ca 1980

Hur konfucianskt är dagens Japan? in Orientaliska Studier, No. 40, Stockholm, 1981

Abe Kobo's Mikkai, A Discussion, Warsaw, 1981

Abe Kobo's Philosophy of the Box, Bochum, 1981

Japanese Thought in the Tokugawa Period, 1600-1868: Methods and Metaphors, ed. by T. Najita and I. Scheiner, Chicago and London, 1978, rescension in Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung, 1981.

Ogyû Sorai's Thinking in 1706,The First Nordic Symposium in Japanology, Oslo, 1981.

Fûryûshishaki kara Kyôchûkikô e - Ogyû Sorai no kikôbungaku, Tokyo, 1982

Ogyû Sorai's Place in Edo Intellectual Thought, Cambridge, 1983, 24 pages.

Armistice in Korea 1953-1955 – Private Recollections, London, 1987.

Japan, in Östens Storriger, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, 1986

Digital and Analogue, An Essay on Abe Kobo's Toshi e no Kairo, Sheffield, 1984

Japanese-Danish Official Relations, in Danes in Japan l868-l940, Copenhagen, l984

Japanese Studies in Denmark, in Japan Foundation's Directory, Series IV, 1985? 20 pages

The Death of Materialism, not published, ca 1986.

Det moderna Japans födelse, i Østens Storriger, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, 1987

Mikkai-Schadzka (1), Cyfrowe i analogowe (2), and "Teoria pudelka" Abe Kobo (3), in Literatura na Swiecia, Warsaw, 1985

Abe Kobo no kokusaishugi, Shinchôsha, Tokyo, 1988.

Inner—Central—Outer in Confucian/Chinese Thought, when?

Yoroppa ni okeru Nihon kenkyû, Tokyo, 1989

H.C.Andersen's Improvisatoren and Mori Ogai's Sokkyô shijin, Bochum, 1989

Ogyû Sorai’s Seidan, “Political Discussions¨-- A Plea for Reforms, when?

Yoroppa ni okeru Nihon-kenkyû no shôrai, in Nihon to wa nannanoka,  Tokyo, 1990

Japanese Society in a Historical Perspective in The Essence of Japanese Society, Tampere, 1991.

No Philosophy Comes in One Piece, unpublished paper, 1991.

Future of Japanese Studies in Europe, in Stepping Stones, Vol. 1, Tokyo, 1991.

Nihon bundan no ippiki ôkami, Abe Kôbô, Fukuoka, l991.

Tokugawa jidai shisô ni okeru Ogyû Sorai, Kyoto, 1993.

Ogyû Sorai's Civil Society (Seidan), in Japan Review, Kyoto 1994.

The Importance of Ritual (rei) in Tokugawa Japan. The Case of  Ogyû Sorai (1666-1728), Copenhagen (manuscript), 1995.

Geishan, in Madame Butterly, Copenhagen, 1996.

The European Dilemma, Copenhagen, 1996, Unpublished.

Ri and Ki in Japanese Thought, in Japan and Korea: Contemporary Studies, Aarhus University Press, 1997. Earlier, 1993

The importance of Ritual in Tokugawa Society. The Case of Ogyû Sorai (1666-1728, Unpublished, 1990s.

Tanegashim – Japan’s Gate to the West, 2000, icke publicerat.

V. Vallberg, författarskap och livsåskådning. icke publicerat.

V. Vallberg, Indalsprästen, Sundsvall, 2003 and 2004.

Tokai daigaku, A Japanese University in Europe, 2004?

Tokugawatiden, unpublished article, 2005.

Introduction and Edo-tiden, pp. 10-13 and pp. 16-21 in Japam, Kultur og kunst i Edo-tiden, Koldinghus, 2005.

Baptismen I Lidin, i Liden Hembygd vid Indalsälven, Sundsvall, 2006.

Armistice in Korea. Personal memories, Stockholm (Festschrift), 2007.

Japans religioner, Copenhagen, 2007.

Me and Tokaidaigaku, Tokyo, 2007.

Stemann, Ingeborg (Helga, Frederikke Amalie) 1889-1973). Initiativtagare till Dansk-Japansk Selskab, Copemhagen, 2007.

Balance and Chance. The True Life, Berlin, 2009.



TEACHING RECORD (universities)



Modern Japanese, Berkeley, Davis, Copenhagen

Classical Japanese, Davis, Copenhagen, Tübingen, Berlin

Modern Chinese, Lund

Classical Chinese (Ikanbum) Copenhagen, Berlin, Göteborg

Japanese Cultural History, Berkeley,Davis, Copenhagen, Tübingwn, Berlin, Götebotg

Japanese Literary History, Copenhagen, Berlin

Japanese Religion and Philosophy, Copenhagen, Berlin

Swedish Language, Berekely, Davis







Berentsen, Jan-Martin, Grave and Gospel, Oslo, 1981.


Bieda, Wanda: Nakae Tôju: Founder of the Wang Yang-ming School in Japan, 1980, fem sidor


Blomberg, Catharina, Samurai Religion, Some Aspects of Warrior Manners and Customs in Feudal Japan, Uppsala, 1976


Børdahl, Vibeke, The Oral Tradition of Yangzhou Storytelling, Copenhagen, 1996


Haglund, Åke, Contact and Conflict, Studies in Contemporary Religious Attitudes among Chinese People, Lund, 1972


Kracht, Klaus, Studien zur Geschichte des Denkens im Japan des 17. bis 19. Jahrhunderts: Chu-Hsi-Confuzianische Geistdiskurse, Bochum, 1985 (Habilitation)


Leinss, Gerhard, Japanische Anthropologie, Die Natur des Menschen in der konfuzianischen Neoklassik am Anfang des 18. Jahrhunderts Jinsai und Sorai, Wiesbaden, 1995


Refsing, Kirsten, The Ainu Language, Copenhagen, 1986


Sjöholm, Gunnar, Readings in MO TI, Chapters XXVI - XXVIII on the Will of Heaven, Lund, 1982.


Steenstrup, Carl, Hôjô Shigetoki (1198-1261) and his Role in the History of Political and Ethical Ideas in Japan, Copenhagen, 1979.


Takahashi, Mutsuku, Tampere, Finland:


Takeuchi, Lone, A Study of Classical Japanese Tense and Aspect, Copenhagen, 1987.


Tyler, Susan Smith, The Art and Cult of Kasuga, Oslo, 1985.


Vargö, Lars, Social and Economic Conditions for the Formation of the Early Japanese State, Stockholm, 1982.


Vidaeus, Kerstin, Miyazawa Kenji, his Stories, Characters and Worldview, Copenhagen, 1994.





Darling, Dennis, Uesugi Kenshin: A Study of the Military Career of a Sixteenth Century Warlord, Copenhagen, 2001


Frellesvig, Bjarke, A Case Study in Diachronioc Phonology, Copenhagen, 1995.