This course teaches Japanese law covering the legal system and basic concepts. Starting with the study of concepts common to many countries, such as sovereignty, constitution, separation of three rights, basic human rights and personal security. Furthermore, it covers current issues in Japan, for example, those faced in daily life from a legal perspective based upon laws and related methods. By studying Japanese law, you learn about the relationship between law and contemporary Japanese culture and society, and then can compare it to other countries’ law.
Topics covered are sovereignty, separation of powers, basic principles of the constitution, principles of contract freedom (laws' socioeconomic activity promotion functionality), meaning of property rights (relativization of absolute principles of ownership by aging society and commons), tort and contract comparison, accident and tort law, characteristics of Japanese family law, international marriage divorce and child protection, learning of labor-related law and reform of Japanese-style employment and way of working, court as dispute resolution system, and the Japanese court system.