Ass. Prof. Kazushige Doi, LL.M. (Marburg)

External Collaborator / Former Research Fellow at the Professorship for Japanese Law and Its Cultural Foundations

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Empirical Study: Animal Protection

The University of Kitakyushu

Kitagata Campus, Room 3-223
Kitagata 4-2-1, Kokura minami
802-8577 Kitakyushu, Fukuoka



Project related research

My research interests regarding the PTW project lie in the processes of the decision and policy making in Japanese society. In my perception the exotic images about Japan are attributed to some exceedingly “Japanese” manners melting into the Western-based institutions which have been accurately translated, however, selectively adopted (freedom, right, democracy, etc.). The democracy in Japan is characterized with the highly centralized system of the authority rooted from the traditional family system under the influence of Confucianism as well as with a lack of intermediate organizations between the citizens and state. In this respect the institutionalization of the animal protection in Japan which is a new and rapid development might indicate a potential combination of the top-down policy making with the civil society. I trace the movement and processes to the enactment and the last amendments of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals and investigate both domestic actors and international interest group in interaction.

Other research interests

My research interests lie in the dispute settlement mechanisms within the legal system at large in Japan and in the social management from a legal perspective. My previous works focus on criminal matters. Since the LL.M. studies in Marburg I have been mainly investigating Victim-Offender-Mediation and Restitution in criminal law from a comparative view in Japan, German and Europe (the PhD dissertation). The restorative approach to criminal justice entails the shift from the powerful social control by the authority to the autonomic problem solving as well as the big society. Here I am interested in the redefinition of the relations between individuals, society and state in Japan.


Employment history

Oct 2015 -

Assistant Professor at the University of Kitakyushu Faculty of Law, Department of Law

Oct 2013 – Sep 2015

Research Fellow at the Chair of Japanese Law, Faculty of Law/ the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies (IZO), Goethe University of Frankfurt

Jun 2013 –
Sep 2013

Student Research Assistant at the Chair of Japanese Law, Faculty of Law, Goethe University of Frankfurt

Apr 2008 –
Mar 2010

Research Assistant at the Institute of Law and Social Sciences, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

 Academic background

Nov 2012 -

PhD Program in Law, Philipps University of Marburg

Apr 2007 -

PhD Program in Law, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

Apr 2011 –
Sep 2012

LL.M. Studies, Philipps University of Marburg

Oct 2010 –
Mar 2012

German language courses and German language test for the admission to study (DSH), Philipps University of Marburg/ Georg August University of Goettingen

Apr 2005 –
Mar 2007

LL.M. Studies, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

Apr 2001 –
Mar 2005

LL.B. Studies, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan


Aug 2010 –
Sep 2013

Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)  for the graduate research project in Germany

Aug 2008 –
Sep 2008

Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for an intensive language course in Germany (Goethe Institute, Dresden)


Since 06/2013

German-Japanese Association of Jurists (DJJV), Germany

Since 05/2007

Criminal Law Society of Japan


WS 13/14
Reading Course in Japanese Law (MEAS Skills & Competences)



Articles in Refereed Journals

Feb. 28, 2014

„刑法への損害回復導入を巡る国際的潮流と我が国の損害賠償命令制度” (The international movement of restorative approach to the criminal justice and the restitution order in Japan). In: Studies of Law. Meiji University Graduate School, 40, 1-22.

May 2012

“Wozu bestrafen wir Straftäter? – Staat, Strafe und Ich“. In: Publication-Series of the Japanese-German Center of Berlin (JDZB), 63, 19-31.

Oct 7, 2011

„ドイツ刑法46条aにおける「行為者と被害者の和解」と「物的損害回復」について—刑法における損害回復のあり方に関する一考察“ („Offender-Victim-Mediation“ and „Reparation“ under Art. 46-a of the German penal code – forming of reparation in criminal law, in Japanese). In: Studies of Law. Meiji University Graduate School, 35, 65-86.

Sep 10, 2009

„親族相盗例の人的適用範囲“ (Victim of larceny within a family, in Japanese). In: Studies of Law. Meiji University Graduate School, 31, 87-106.

Feb 28, 2009

„窃盗罪の既遂時期—セルフサービス式商店での窃盗に関するドイツの議論を手がかりとして“ (Completion of commission of larceny – in reference to discussion on theft in self-service stores in Germany). In: Studies of Law. Meiji University Graduate School, 30, 97-118.


Talks at academic Conferences, Seminars, Workshops

Aug 26 - 28, 2015 16th Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag, LMU Munich: "Subjektive Rechte auch für Tiere? Zur Entwicklung des Tierschutzes in Japan"
Jan. 25, 2014 Japanisches Recht im Vergleich, Faculty of Law at University of Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany; „Internationale Wiedergutmachungsbewegung im Strafrecht und relevante Instrumente in Japan“ (International movement of restorative justice in criminal law and the relevant instruments in Japan)
Sep. 28, 2013 Exchange Program for Regional Integration in East Asia, Korean Association of Berlin, Tokyo, Japan; „Towards regional cooperation – Restorative Justice in East Asia“
Jul. 11, 2013 Asian-Pacific-colloquium for the scholarship holders of the German Academic Exchange Service, Berlin, Germany; “Koreanische Zwangsprostituierte im Zweiten Weltkrieg vor japanischen Gerichten – Ein Weg zur Wiedergutmachung in Ostasien” (in German)