Law in Japan

A Message from the Program Director: Learning Law in Context at Meiji University

2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of Meiji University Law in Japan Program; an intensive two-week program arranged for foreign nationals who would like to study Japanese law in its social and cultural context. Major fields of current domestic law will be covered in this program: Constitutional Law, Civil Law, International Law as well as  Competition Law, Company Law, Intellectual Property Law and Tax Law. Importantly, the program does not place emphasis on discussing law on a clause-by-clause basis, but allows participants to understand the characteristics of Japanese law from a broader comparative and socio-cultural perspective. Participants will learn not only key provisions of Japanese law, but also the institutional and historical contexts in which law works.


All lectures and field trips are to be conducted in English. This is to introduce the “essence and spirit” of Japanese law to foreign nationals who have interest in Japanese Law, but are prevented by the language barrier to study it in Japanese. Participants will gain an understanding of law and the legal system in Japan as a subject of the social sciences and humanities. We therefore welcome also students/former students who major in Political Science, Sociology, Economics and other Social Sciences, and the Humanities. For law students, it will be an excellent opportunity to learn from a comparative perspective how law functions in different social contexts.

 Senior Assistant Professor, Shuhei Mizuta