Law in Japan

Lecture Subjects

Business Law and Practice

A private enterprise is the main vehicle of business and also the driving force of Japan’s economy. This class will show an outline of the organization of a private company in Japan and also analyze the function of law and lawyers in business.

Civil Justice

This class will provide an overview of Japanese civil dispute resolution mechanisms including court proceedings and dispute resolution out of the court. Participants will learn legal, social, and cultural aspects of Japanese civil dispute resolution.

Competition Law

The Japanese Anti-Monopoly Act 1947 regulates the business activities of corporations by prohibiting certain kinds of trades. This class will show an outline of the law and its characteristics and also analyze the recent changes brought about after the 1990s.

Constitutional Law

The purpose of this class is to offer a new perspective of seeing the Japanese society by learning the history and characteristics of the Japanese Constitutional law. This class will focus on the institutions of government, human rights and equality.


Family Law

This class seeks to provide an outline of Japanese family law by illustrating some unique features of the laws concerning family matters including historical background of the traditional family law, the structure of current law, and the family court system.

Intellectual Property Law

What is Japan best known for? Manga? Anime? Technology? This lecture is designed to give participants an overview of Japanese intellectual property law by focusing on the current copyright law and patent law. The relationship between culture and intellectual property law will form an integral part of this lecture.

International Law

This class will examine how international rules are implemented through domestic law and institutions in Japan. The lecture focuses on up-to-date topics such as territorial and maritime disputes, free trade agreements and terrorism.

Judicial System

This class will be an introduction to the Japanese legal system. In a mock trial classroom, the features of Japanese law and its judicial system will be discussed from historical and social perspectives.

Labor Law
Japanese employment relations are no longer characterized by the three well-known principles of lifetime employment, seniority and enterprise labor unions. This class will show labor and employment law in Japan and discover the contemporary features of employment in Japan.

Law and Information Technologies

Information technologies have a great impact on our society and law. Many legal problems like SPAM and ID theft arise from information technologies. This class provides an overview of the many laws designed to address these issues in Japan.

Legal Profession in Japan

The Japanese legal profession developed as a divided profession: besides judges, public prosecutors and attorneys-at-law, there are also judicial scrivener lawyers, patent attorneys, and tax accountants etc. playing an important role. This class will give an overview of the history and contemporary practice of the Japanese legal profession.

Prison System in Japan
This class intends to outline the main features of the prison system in Japan by examining the current state of the system together with its underlying principles. Recent developments, such as the use of private companies to manage prisons, are also discussed.

Tax Law

This class will provide an overview of Japanese tax law including the basic structure of the personal/corporate income taxation and VAT. Participants will study how non-residents are subject to tax in Japan, if they live and work in this country.