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Dear Members and Friends of DJJV,

In the field of jurisprudence, relations between Japan and Germany date back to the 1870s. As a matter of fact, throughout the Meiji era Japan became familiar with many elements of German law and transferred them into its own legal system, leading to the development of a vivid and successful exchange in the field of law. These many-faceted relations are being filled with life up to this very day.

Conscious about this tradition, the DJJV offers its members as well as interested parties information about Japanese law and creates a forum to debate current or developing issues – often by organizing symposia. In recent years, the DJJV has often focussed on topics which reflect the changing society and the legal challenges associated therewith, such as the ageing society, artificial intelligence or questions regarding the issue “Climate and law”.

Twice a year, in cooperation with the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law Hamburg, the DJJV issues the Journal of Japanese Law. It is the only journal in the world reporting regularly on Japanese law in languages other than Japanese.

Our program is aimed at practitioners from the judiciary, lawyers and in-house counsels, as well as legal scholars with a professional or private interest in Japan. Japan exerts great fascination and even where not of direct use for professional purposes, studying her law provides a multitude of interesting stimuli and solutions.

We would like to invite you to get to know the DJJV better and are looking forward to meeting you in person during one of our events.

With sincere regards,

Dr. Oliver Schön