Message from the CALE Director

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I am honored that I have been appointed as Director of the Center for Legal Exchange, or CALE, effective April 1st, 2019. I feel tense with the tremendous fruits that former directors and staffs accumulated in the field of "Legal Assistance" and of "Legal Cooperation; Legal Exchange." I will do my best for its further development.
I teach a class, "Research Method I & II," for international students, including those who completed the 4-year course of the Research and Education Centers for Japanese Law in their own countries and are admitted to the LL.M. program of Nagoya University. Since they are likely to idealize the Japanese legal system when they start their graduate works, I repeatedly tell them that every country including Japan faces many challenges as well. For those students who are my academic advisees, I stress that it is very important to acknowledge the matters taken for granted by the local people and to describe those matters explicitly. By doing that, I am trying to help them find the fundamental questions on Law, Justice and society during their own researches. However, we, Japanese scholars, have been told the same advice since the Meiji restoration in the 19th century. The usage, "Dewa no Kami," is used for long, as an admonition for those who study foreign law and comparative law. ("Dewa no Kami" is one who has a way of saying, "in a (western) country, blah blah blah." Dewa is originally a name of a local area in Japan, but its pronunciation is same as "in" in Japanese, "no" is a particle, and "Kami" is an ancient official rank. It means the champion of foreign worshipers.)
Teachers and staffs of the Research and Education Centers for Japanese Law have reviewed and revised the teaching materials for Japanese law used at the centers. In turn, it leads us to think about how to teach law and political science in Japanese undergraduate programs. CALE is the abbreviation of the Center for Asian Legal Exchange. By continuing our activities with the perspective of "Exchange," I believe that we can contribute to the further development of what the CALE accomplished in legal assistance, and furthermore the development of legal studies.
I do hope you will give me further guidance and encouragement for the CALE.

Director of CALE
Professor, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University