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Craig Martin
(Barrister and Solicitor called to the Bar of Ontario, Canada,
& Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka University)
I came to Japan from Canada on a year and a half Monbusho scholarship in October 1990. I had written my undergraduate thesis on Japanese history, but could not speak Japanese. My studies commenced with a six-month intensive language course at Osaka University for Foreign Languages, followed by a year as a research student at the Faculty of Law, Osaka University.

Under the guidance of Professor Tago Keiichi, my advisor at the Faculty, I wrote the entrance examination for the Graduate School of Law and Politics in the fall of 1991, and thereafter entered the Master's course in the spring of 1992. While I was formally in the Public Law-Political History program, my studies in the Master's course were rich and diverse, including such subjects as the history of the Meiji Constitution, Japanese antimonopoly law, Japanese Pan-Asian movements in the early 20th Century, and Imperial Russian History, to name but a few. My thesis was an analysis of the misunderstandings and conflicts between Japan and the U.S. over the Ishii-Lansing Agreement of 1917 regarding Japanese special rights in Manchuria, as both an analysis of one of the seeds of discord on the road to war, and as a case study in understanding current Japanese-U.S. tensions.

I graduated in 1994, and began my studies in the Ph.D. course in April, 1994. However, I had by then decided to study law at the University of Toronto, so I headed back to Canada in the summer of 1994, and went on to graduate from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, in 1997, and to be called to the Bar of Ontario, in 1999.

I practiced as a litigation lawyer in two of Toronto's premier firms until March, 2006, when I left practice in order to return to the academy. I am currently working on a doctorate in law at the University of Pennsylvania, exploring the interaction of constitutional and international law constraints on the use of armed force, with a focus on Japan's experience with Article 9 of the Constitution.

Throughout the period I have maintained close ties with Osaka University, and in 2003 I was invited by the Faculty to serve on an External Review Committee, and to teach a one-week Comparative Law Course, comparing aspects of Canadian and Japanese constitutional law. I continued to teach that course each year since then, and in 2006 I spent a full semester at the Faculty, teaching two courses in constitutional law.

I hope that this short description of my experience may serve to illustrate the manner in which the pursuit of studies at Osaka University may serve as an outstanding stepping stone for students from abroad. My time here as a student was a wonderful period in my life, rich with learning on both an academic and a personal level, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Liu Jing
(Marubeni Corporation, Japan)
After I first came to Japan at the end of 1999 and studied for a year and a half at a Japanese language school, I entered the Osaka University School of Law in April 2001. There were many choices for places to study abroad, but I chose Osaka University because I thought it was the best in Osaka. The atmosphere on campus was cheerful, and being surrounded by ambitious classmates, I found myself gradually excelling. There are universities where international students can only take classes designed for international students. However at Osaka University, international students can take the same classes that are available to Japanese students, allowing you to study together. Of course at first it was a little difficult, however this opportunity allowed me to make lots of Japanese friends, and gave me a taste of Japanese culture and style.

Wanting to make use of my experience of studying abroad, I entered a Japanese General Trading Company called Marubeni Corporation after graduation. Although still in my first year, I am currently involved with the practical business of trade. The legal knowledge and logical thinking attained when I was a student in seminar classes like Commercial Law and International Transaction Law will be of great use hereafter.

My four years at the School of Law at Osaka University were extremely beneficial and significant for me. To anyone hoping to study at Osaka University, please do your best and make your dreams come true.

Goh Young Soo
(Associate Professor, Tezukayama University, Japan)
I first came to Japan in 1991, and studied at the Osaka University Graduate School of Law and Politics for eight years. Currently I teach Intellectual Property Law at the Legal Policy Department of Tezukayama University.

There are several advantages of studying at Osaka University School of Law, and Graduate School of Law and Politics: Along with Kyoto and Nara, Osaka is the center of Japan's timehonored culture, giving us plenty of opportunities to come in contact with traditional culture; people are full of kindness; and compared to Tokyo, the cost-of-living is low, making it an easy place to live.

In addition, because Osaka University is a national university, tuition is less expensive than private schools. The educational level is high and professors are sociable, and very easy to get along with. Comprehensive programs from the fundamental level to the advanced are offered, which enable you to select a field which best suits your interests and aspirations.

Finally, Osaka University offers many international student programs for those that choose to study abroad at the School of Law.

I am confident that studying at Osaka University School of Law / and Graduate School of Law and Politics would play a big role in making dreams come true for everyone who takes advantage of its programs. How about studying the legal culture of Japan at Osaka University School of Law / and Graduate School of Law and Politics?

Yi Jiaqi
(Kirin Brewery Company, Limited, Japan)
It’s never an easy thing to live in a foreign country. As the princess of my parents, I almost had no experience of living alone. Cooking, washing, cleaning was not parts of my life when I was in Shanghai. Besides, I had to overcome the language barrier. Learning Japanese at the language school and studying in Japanese at Osaka University were totally different. At the beginning, I couldn’t catch what teachers said in class. Fortunately, I had some friendly classmates and excellent teachers around me. My Japanese classmates always explained lessons to me and studied together. This really helped me a lot. And the teacher of the International Student Consultation Room, which is set up in the School of Law, also gave me lots of advice when I had troubles in my studying or in my daily life.

In order to afford the life in Japan, I had to do some part-time job after class. It also needed lots of effort. When I was Junior in college, I needed  more credits which would cost me more time in studying. It became a big challenge how to balance the study and the part-time job. At this moment, the Seiunkai, the School of Law alumni association, provided me timely help. They gave me the scholarship which was awarded to those outstanding foreign students. With the scholarship, I could focus more on my study and spent less time on part-time jobs.

Now I have found a job in Kirin Brewery Company in Japan. During the four-year study here, I learnt not only the academics but also the cultures. I am sure I can do something for the company and I hope I can be a bridge between China and Japan by what I learnt here.

The life here will be a big fortune in my life. And my life was much more colorful because of the study here. It is my honor to have been a student at Osaka University. I am pride of it. Thank you very much.
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