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The Judicial System in Japan – with a Focus on Divorce Cases in Family Court

Calendar Wednesday, 12 December 2018
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A lecture with guest speaker Ms Izumi Oda (Visiting Scholar of Law at Cardiff University), as part of the Japanese Studies Series. Followed by a wine reception in the foyer at 17:00.


This lecture is an introduction to the judicial system in Japan based on Izumi Oda’s (Visiting Scholar of Law at Cardiff University) experience of more than 5 years as a judge. The lecture focuses on the role of the family court in Japan, discussing specific cases (e.g. typical divorce cases in Japan) and compares the judicial system in England and Wales.

The lecture will be divided into four parts:

1.  A brief introduction to the Japanese legal system

・What kind of courts are there in Japan?

・How to be a judge in Japan?

・Introduction to Izumi Oda’s job in Japan

2.  An outline of the role of the family court in Japan・Explaining what is done in family court

3.  What do you think about these cases?・Talking about specific cases with a focus on divorce cases

4.  Comparing these with those in England and Wales・Discovering recent SC cases in England and Wales and comparing them to Japanese cases


Born in the Gifu prefecture of Japan, Izumi Oda was educated at the University of Osaka, Faculty of Law and Kyoto University Law School. After she passed the National Bar Exam in Japan, she was appointed as a legal apprentice in 2011. In January 2013, she was appointed as a judge and was assigned to Sendai District Court. Then in 2016, she was assigned to Yokosuka branch within Yokohama District/Family Court. In 2018, she was assigned to Yokohama Family Court and since July this year, she has been a Visiting Scholar of Law at Cardiff University. From her experience of more than 5 years as a judge, she has handled several kinds of cases such as civil (as a member of the panel), family and juvenile.

Simultaneous Translation

The event will be delivered in the medium of English. You are welcome to ask questions in the medium of Welsh during the QandA session. If you intend to do this, please contact by Wednesday 28 November to request simultaneous translation. Please note that 10% or more of those planning to attend will need to request this provision in order for it to be sourced and will be subject to resource availability.


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2.18 in the School of Modern Languages
66a Park Place
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