2017 Law (Civil Law) B

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Humanities and social science courses
Kaneko Hironao 
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Mon1-2(W933)  Thr1-2(W933)  
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Course description and aims

In this course students will study about the Japanese Civil Code, as one of the most important Japanese law. This lecture credit is correspond to the "Civil Law" credit that is required to entry to the official professional exams. This course is succession of the "Civil Law" before 2015(Students who got the credit can not registrate this course).
The purpose of this course is to study the basic logic of legal reasoning and legal system by studying Civil Code that is connecting to other various laws. Students who are interested in Intellectual Property Law are recomended to study Civil Code too. Students will be accustomed to use the Code book, "Ropo", helping study Japanese laws that relating to students future works.

Student learning outcomes

To understand the structure of the Civil Code and Basic legal knowledge. This lecture covers over all themes of civil law, including the general provisions, property, securities, contract law, tort, family law(family and testament).


faith, public order, propertry, freedom of contract, freedom of decision, agreement, insurance, contract categories, equality, redistribution of resource

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

lecture on basic knowledge about every section of the Civil Code. Discussion about real judgement with small group of participants. Participants sometimes would be required to produce notebook as confirm understanding of each lectures. Using small size Code Book.
This course will welcome students who are not accustomed to Japanese-Chinese characters. Slids will be contain English terms as possible.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance: Legal system and the Civil Code Understanding legal system and position of the Civil Code
Class 2 Legal informatio resource and the unique methode of constructing law provisions Use code book, case book, legal database and web sites
Class 3 principle of civil rights understanding the general principles of faith, public order
Class 4 person in the Civil Code understanding human, entreprener etc.
Class 5 deed, legal action, misrepresentation, flaud, obsession understanding of notion and efect of the expression
Class 6 agency undrstanding the agency
Class 7 real property understanding rights on real porperty
Class 8 security understanding of sezurities on real property
Class 9 contract law part1 understanding of credit and debt
Class 10 contract law part2 understanding of legal responsibility by the default
Class 11 typical contracts and untypical contracts understanding of types and features of contracts
Class 12 tort law part1 understanding of basic tort law
Class 13 tort law part2 understanding tort in complex cases
Class 14 family law understanding Japanese family law
Class 15 generral refrection, paper test introducing amendment of Civil Code and general refrection of lectures


Ken Kawai, First Course to Civil Law, (Yuhikaku)
Code book(RopoZensyo, every publishers OK)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Minpou-Hanrei-hyakusen, (Yuhikaku)
Tkakashi Uchida,Minpo series (Tokyo Daigaku Syupankai)

Assessment criteria and methods

daily activity (20%) & paper test (80%)

Related courses

  • LAH.S102 : Law (Civil Law) A
  • LAH.S101 : Law (Constitutional Law) A
  • LAH.S302 : Law (Civil Procedure Law) C
  • LAH.S201 : Law (Constitutional Law) B
  • LAH.S303 : Law (Intelectual Property Law) C
  • LAH.S250 : Seminar on Social Sciences (Japanese Law Study Seminar)1

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Fro foreign students. This lecture is focusing on Japanese Civil Code. Some part may be common to your countiries legal system but other may be totaly different. Please prepair youu countries introductory text book for contract law. It is helpful for your study.
It is permissible to use your cell as dictionary. However note taking in Japanese may be good experience to learning Kanji. Let's try.

Office hours

Monday 12:15to13:00

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