• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Japanese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Cultural Studies, History, Sociology, Asian Studies

This course serves two purposes. First, it fills a role as a Japanese language course between the advanced group stage and the independent research stage. Second, it allows substantive investigation into the discipline and issues of Japanese law.


As a Japanese language course, it is primarily a readings course focusing on improving the students' ability to read Japanese legal texts. The course will emphasise Japanese-English (wa-ei) understanding and expression. Correspondingly, this course is neither a spoken Japanese language course nor an English-Japanese translation course; though both formats will be explored to the extent they develop the core goals. The course will introduce students to basic Japanese language resources available to assist in the reading and translating of Japanese legal texts. The course will methodically and progressively introduce the students to the basic Japanese legal materials, for example, non-specialist coverage of legal issues, statutes and regulations, case law, academic commentary, government policy papers (hakusho), practitioners' notes, and so forth. By the conclusion of the course, the student should be familiar with the Japanese language tools available to assist in Japanese legal reading and translation, and the basic structure and vocabulary of Japanese legal texts.


As a Japanese law disciplinary subject, this course will introduce the students to a specific, current legal topic in Japan. The topic will be determined by the students in consultation with the lecturer. By investigating the matter from the primary sources, students will develop a deep understanding of the issue and its representation by different interested parties. This will prepare students to be both critical readers and analysts. This course will be useful to students interested in translation, current Japanese societal issues, and legal careers involving Japan.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

The purpose of this assessment scheme is to ensure broad-based familiarity with the fundamentals of Japanese Law and Society. That is, rather than seek a deep knowledge in one aspect of Japanese law, this course aims to develop a wide knowledge across the breadth of the topic. Three aspects of Japanese law and society are presented and will be covered in assessment: (1) the fundamentals of the Japanese legal system; (2) the context of the Japanese legal society; and (3) a brief review of Japan's major substantive laws.

Indicative Assessment


(1) two short translations (50%, ie 25% each), (2) one final translation (40%), and (3) classroom participation and preparation of in-class readings (10%).

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Three hours per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

The course materials will be prepared by the lecturer and available as handouts or as an e-Brick




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9643 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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