Kyoto/Tokyo seminar


February 2019

Experience a unique opportunity to study Japanese law in global and socio-economic context.  Applications for February 2019 are now closed.

Kyoto/Tokyo seminar course

The Kyoto/Tokyo seminar is a one-week intensive course (LAWS4350 Japanese Law & Society) conducted in Kyoto and Tokyo in February introducing the fundamentals of Japanese law at an advanced level. The Kyoto and Tokyo seminars are run by Ritsumeikan University as part of Japanese Ministry of Education special purpose grant for development of study programs in Japan.

The course aims to develop the general skills of comparative lawyers, to provide students with advanced knowledge and perspective to understand and critically assess contemporary developments in Japanese law and society. The course covers the basic history and structure of Japanese law; the role of law in Japanese society (e.g. criminal justice, civil justice, and gender and the law); and a number of select issues in substantive Japanese law (e.g. finance law, business law, and constitutional law).

The course involves 5 teaching days in the historic city of Kyoto, and 2 teaching days in central Tokyo.

Beyond the classroom, the course also includes field trips to a local district court, the local bar association, and one outside legal institution. Furthermore, a large amount of the educational experience occurs in the exchange among the diverse students taking the course, coming from a number of different countries.

The course incorporates seven three-hour lecture sessions taught in English jointly by Japanese legal experts (predominately from Ritsumeikan University Law School, one of the top private universities in Japan) and foreign comparative law experts (the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL) Co-Directors). LLB students are enrolled in a 2019 Summer 6 unit course (TBA). Students will also be required to engage in compulsory pre-departure or post-return coursework and instruction, the details of which will be advised once they are confirmed.

NOTE: For 2019 and 2020, this scheme is subject to an Australian government ‘New Colombo Plan’ (NCP) funding arrangement to support student participation. This means that preference in the limited spaces available will be given to ANU students who (a) are Australian citizens and (b) who are enrolled as undergraduates (LLB and LLBHons degrees). Other interested students may apply but will not be eligible for NCP funding support, and will only be accommodated if NCP-supported places are not filled.


Participants are expected to make their own individual transportation arrangements to, from and within Japan. Participants must arrive in Kyoto no later than the day prior to classes commencing – though participants are strongly advised to try and arrive in Japan several days earlier.(Note that ANU’s travel insurance for ANU students only covers a limited number of days travel before and after the course. Any additional days will need to be covered by students purchasing their own travel insurance). Students MUST obtain travel approval from the ANU through the ANU’s online system. This is vital for their insurance cover.

Students are strongly advised not to make travel bookings until you have received official notification from the ANU College of Law that you have been accepted into the program. Travel advice for Japan is available at Australian citizens are advised to register their travel and contact details with the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) prior to leaving Australia.


Australian passport holders do not require visas. Other nationalities are advised to enquire with the Japanese Embassy or Consulate as to the visa requirements. Chinese and Russian nationals are advised that the visa process may take up to a month. Ritsumeikan University will provide you with supporting documentation for your visa application, however it will only cover the duration of the seminars. Students are responsible for obtaining visas from the Japanese Embassy or Consulate, if required, and The Australian National University accepts no responsibility if a student is unable to obtain a visa.


Students must organise their own accommodation. Suggested accommodation options are available on the Ritsumeikan University website for the program. The course Learning Management System (LMS) site (WATTLE) will also have a discussion board “student to student travel tips”. You may use this forum to discuss your travel and accommodation plans.

Indicative tuition fees

Type of Student 2019 Fees
Commonwealth Supported Students (CSP) HECS
International Students $4,860

Summary of other program costs* (excluding tuition fees)

Item Cost**
Service charge for all students payable directly to Ritsumeikan Law School AUD $840 approx - see host site
Estimated accommodation in Japan for 7 nights AUD $800
Estimated living expenses while in Japan (7 nights) AUD $600
Airfares (ex Canberra, incl taxes) depending on departure date From AUD $1,300
Total estimated costs (excluding tuition fees) From AUD $2,700

*These estimates are based on 2018 costs and do not include any additional travel a participant may decide to undertake. Estimated living expenses in Japan are based on a ‘normal’, comfortable, but not lavish lifestyle.

The NCP grant is AUD $3,000 per student for eligible undergraduate Australian citizen students selected. It is intended to assist students with the tuition and associated costs of this opportunity. This AUD $3,000 grant may not cover the entire cost of the program as the host university has a service charge.

Selection criteria

  1. Only 10 places in the program are reserved for ANU students.
  2. Preference will be given to Australian citizen undergraduate students due to NCP funding support conditions. International applicants will only be considered if not all NCP-supported places are accounted for.
  3. Applications will be considered by reference to the following criteria:
    (a) academic merit based on ANU grades, especially in law subjects;
    (b) stage of study, with preference given to those in their final or penultimate year of study;
    (c) demonstrated interest in Japanese or Asian law and society.
  4. Applications must be submitted to the ANU College of Law Undergraduate Administration by the closing date.
  5. Successful applicants must submit a separate application directly to Ritsumeikan Law School before the deadline (see below).

Important note on travel insurance

The attention of participants is drawn to the limitations in travel and medical insurance cover provided by the University (full details are provided in the ‘Terms and Conditions’). The cost of any private travel/medical insurance to complement the University insurance for periods not covered by it has not been included in the cost estimates above. Please see insurance information in ‘Terms and Conditions’.

List of dates

Date Activity
1 October 2018 ANU Law application deadline
15 October 2018 Application outcomes
1 to 26 October 2018 Application window to Ritsumeikan
30 October 2018 ANU Law first round NCP offers made
3 February 2019 Latest date to arrive in Japan
4 February 2019 Program starts
13 February 2019 Program ends


Further Information



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