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In our increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world, young legal professionals are confronted with many new challenges. The graduate level programs offered by the Faculty of Law at Kyushu University are specifically designed to offer students the necessary skills to operate effectively in today's global, digital environment.

Inaugurated in the fall of 1994, the LL.M. program in International Economic and Business Law was the first such course to be taught entirely in English at a Japanese university. By offering such a program, we were able to remove a major obstacle confronting students who wished to pursue their studies in Japan.

More recently, the Young Leaders' Program (YLP) was established in 2001 as a one-year Master's program by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in the fields of Public Administration, Business Administration and Law. In recognition of the success of the graduate school programs, MEXT entrusted Kyushu University with the responsibility of offering the YLP in Law.

At the Master's level, we also offer the Project for Human Resource Development (JDS) program. This two-year program is sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and provides public officials from selected Asian countries with the opportunity to complete a Master's degree at Kyushu University.

Finally, the Bilingual Master's degree program in Law (BiP) offers students the unique opportunity to engage in graduate level study of law in a "bilingual" environment at a law faculty in Japan.

All of our programs have been designed to contribute to the fostering of the lawyers and national leaders of the future. In addition to deepening the participants' understanding of Japan, we feel sure that our programs will contribute to the formation of an international network of lawyers and national leaders who will play a key role in establishing friendly relations and improved policy coordination in Asia and beyond.

In addition, Kyushu University also offers a doctoral (LL.D.) Program which provides highly-motivated students the unique opportunity of preparing a doctoral thesis in English whilst studying at a Japanese university.

The Faculty of Kyushu University is uniquely qualified to offer graduate students a Japanese perspective on the issues that legal practitioners, government administrators and policymakers are confronted with at this time. Professors teaching on the graduate school programs not only have a wide range of experience in academia, but also in the commercial sector, the legal profession, as well as working with international organizations. Moreover, by ensuring that the students selected to participate in the graduate programs are of the highest caliber, Kyushu University is firmly committed to instructing an outstanding group of future leaders.

Insofar as the Faculty provides a strong and meaningful educational experience, it expects the graduate students to contribute both to the overall quality of the various programs and to the development of strong ties between his or her home country and Japan. In this respect, we hope to lay the foundation today for bridges of cooperation tomorrow.

As Director of the International Programs of Law, I am confident that our past efforts will ensure the continuing success of these programs and look forward to welcoming many new generations of international students to our university.

Finally, in the current pandemic situation, I would like to confirm that all of our programs have continued to operate uninterrupted, using a combination of online teaching and supervision, and 'hybrid' style teaching. Our class of 2019-20 was able to graduate without difficulties and we are confident that we can continue to offer a similar experience for our incoming class of 2020-21. We plan to open applications for April and October 2021 entry as normal and would encourage people to apply. Clearly, however, these are uncertain and challenging times and I extend my best wishes to everyone.


Ryu Kojima
Professor & Director of International Programs in Law,
Faculty of Law, Kyushu University
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