The Civil Code is a mirror of society:Haruna Fujisawa, Professor of Law Courses to teach:
Let’s learn changes in our society by studying the revisions to the Civil Code
Civil Law /Secured T ransactions
Upon the revisions to the Japanese Civil Code on April 1st, 2022, the legal age for adulthood was lowered from 20 to 18. Unlike before, now all students who enrolled in the undergraduate programs at universities are adults. As celebrated in the traditional coming-of-age ceremonies, becoming an adult is a happy event. However, when a person becomes an adult, they are no longer protected by the provisions in the Civil Code applicable to minors. With the lack of legal protection, more high school and college students may get involved in contractual disputes and other legal trouble than before.
In the Department of Law, students will learn the Civil Code and related laws, from the basics to in-depth, and will acquire abilities to help resolve legal problems that arise in our increasingly complex contractual society. Such abilities will help you and others once you go out into the world.
Beside the revision to the Civil Code related to adulthood, many other revisions were made to the Civil Code in recent years. While the Japanese Civil Code had not seen major revisions since its enactment in the Meiji Era (1868‒1912) except for post-war revisions to family law, various changes in the Japanese society, such as globalization and declining birthrate, have called for changes in the Civil Code. By studying the Civil Code, students learn not only what is in its provisions, but how to resolve issues in our society using the Civil Code as a tool to solve them. With that in mind, now is an exciting time to study the Civil Code. Since graduate school, I have been researching the area of property law and law on security interests in the Civil Code. Since revisions to these areas are currently being discussed as well, I myself get to feel the excitement in researching in the areas. I would like to share that with you all in my lectures and through lots of open discussion with you.