My major is Jurisprudence, which covers mainly three fields: the theory of law, the theory of justice, and the legal methodology. My current research focuses on three topics: issues in public law litigation especially in environmental and disaster cases, the idea of justice in the intellectual history of the 20th century, and techniques of legal analysis and legal writing under the influence of the German legal method.
Jurisprudence very much belongs to legal studies, yet, at the same time, it necessarily references outcomes in other fields of social and human science like political science, history, economics, philosophy, and literature. It thereby deals with the law and society as the "world of meaning" by adopting a comparatist approach, based on the premise that people's view of life and value differs according to their cultural, socio-economic background. From this international and interdisciplinary standpoint, jurisprudence can certainly contribute to discussions on "Global Japanese Studies".