Doctor of Philosophy, University Vienna, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy, Kwanseigakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan, 1998.
Assistant professor University Vienna, 1967-1969, professor, 1971-1977. Assistant professor University Bonn, Germany, 1969-1971, professor, since 1977. Director Institute Japanese Studies/U. Bonn, 1977-1988, since 1996.
Speaker Asian Studies Center/U. Bonn, since 1999. Director Department Modern Japanese Studies/U. Bonn, since 1999.
Founding director German Institute Japanese Studies, Tokyo, 1988-1996. Member European Association for Japanese Studies (president 1975-1981), Academia Europea, Northrhine-Westfalia Academy of Sciences.
Married Hiromi Furusho, August 26, 1971. Children: Tomoe.