Program in Governance and Law


  • Professors
  • Research Projects supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research etc.
  • Purpose of the program
  • Fields of Profession for Program Graduates
  • MA and Ph.D. Theses
  • Positions Held by Program Graduates
  • Curriculum


  • Core Professors:
  • Program Director: Yuzuru Shimada

Wataru Kusaka (Political Science, Philippine Studies)

Isamu Okada (Political Science, Latin American Politics)

  • Development Politics II
    This course aims to argue one of the most important aspects of development politics: institution. We first address the puzzle of collective action as the limit of self-government, and then discuss how institution has become one of the fundamental perspectives to understand politics. We will review both classical and recent works that directly tackled institutional aspects of politics, so as to comprehend and critically argue the most recent development of theories as well as their possible application in empirical analysis.
  •  Politics in Development Countries
    This course is aimed for discussing political representation and participation in developing countries. We will discuss the different forms of political representation and participation, the factors and conditions related to the collective action, and the variety of relationship between governmental elites and population.
  • Seminar on International Cooperation Studies I, II
    This seminar is to read and discuss on recent literatures in Comparative Politics. My current focus is on methodology, but literatures will be decided upon consultation with participants.
    • Hideo Yamagata (International Law, UN Law)
      • International Cooperation Law
      • This is an introductory course to international law. Its aim is to give students the basic knowledge and perspectives to understand the law-making, law application and law enforcement process of international law.
      • Seminar on Governance and Law
      • Officially I offer Seminar on Peacebuilding, not on Governance and Law. However, the credit acquired from my Seminar on Peacebuilding can be transferred to Seminar on Governance and Law. Thus students of Governance and Law programme can take my seminar. My seminar will take some articles related to international law for study and discussion.

Research Projects supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research etc.:

  • Construction of differences and commonalities in the Philippines politics (Kusaka)
  • Comparative study of natural resource economy and political participation in developing countries (Okada)
  • Comparative study on judicial reform in Indonesia and the Netherlands (Shimada)
  • Legal issues related to market access and the reform toward a market-based economy in East Asia (Kawashima) (Especially research on China’s Antimonopoly Law)
  • Comprehensive Research on Legal Disciplines related to Market and Government in East Asia (Kawashima)
  • Responsibility to Protect: Human Security and International Law (Yamagata)

Purpose of the Program

Governance and Law Program is divided into two courses. In the Governance course, students are requested to be specialists on the Governance supporting aid and public administration by studying the role of government in development, policy making, and the role of NGO and community organizations within the framework of 21st century development issues.
Students who take Law and Development Course are expected to gain the basic knowledge of law and political, economic and social development problems, as well as of law and international cooperation, and deepen their theoretical understanding of institutional and cultural aspects of law. These knowledge and ways of thinking will be utilized in various fields of international cooperation, and provide useful theoretical and practical base for ongoing “legal technical assistances” promoted by aid communities.

Fields of Profession for Program Graduates

  • In case of Master’s Course, we plan to send students having wide range of “development literacy” who have the sense to work in developing countries where 80% of world population live.
  • Other than that, we plan to send students who have the specialty on “Governance” and “Law and Development” to the development community like international organizations, national and local governments and also NGOs.
  • In case of Doctor’s Course, we plan to send specialists on “Governance” and “Law and Development” to the development community.
  • Other than that, we plan to send researchers to universities and other research institutions.

MA and Ph.D. Theses

Recent Master’s Thesis Titles:

  • Consent to Arbitration in International Investment Law: International and Uzbekistan’s Experience
  • The Peruvian Supreme Audit Institution: Neither Deterring Corruption Nor Enhancing Efficiency in the Public Administration
  • The Role of Judicial Commission in Strengthening Judicial Independence and Accountability in Indonesia
  • Energy Poverty Eradication in Indonesia’s Remote Rural Areas: An Institutional Analysis on the Governance of Electricity Based Energy Services for the Rural Poor
  • The Role of Microfinance for Poverty Reduction in Rural Viet Nam: Before and After ‘Doi Moi Policy”
  • A New Direction of Intellectual Property Rights Protection Changing the Gear of Anti-Counterfeiting Enforcement Practices
  • International Legislation – A New Role of the United Nations Security Council
  • Regional Economic Integrations in East Asia and China’s Policy Choice
  • The Implementation System in the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Mechanism: At Crossroads
  • A Study of Substantive and Procedural Norms of Uzbekistan`s Law on Competition: Focusing on Regulations of Abuse of a Dominant Position
  • Japan’s Aid Policy towards Myanmar in the Changing Context
  • Kyrgyz Trade Policy under the WTO Framework: Focusing on the Potentials of Export-oriented Agricultural Products
  • Rethinking of Civil Society: Understanding of necessity for change in Uzbekistan
  • Decentralization for Strengthening Local Government Capacity in Indonesia: A Case Study of Sumedang District, West Java Province
  • Promoting Private Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Financing in transitional economy of Vietnam
  • The Study on Indonesia’s Competition Law: An Overview toward Institutional Building in KPPU
  • Integrating Afghanistan into Regional Economies: A Comparative Study of Bilateral and Plurilateral Approaches
  • Legalization of Cannabis in the United States of America: A Historical Survey
  • Determinants of Manufacturing SMEs Competitiveness in Laos: A Perspective from SMEs Promotion and Development Policies
  • The Political Economy of Japan’s ODA within the Changing Regional Architecture: A Case Study of Aid for Trade in Cambodia
  • Bilateral Relations between Japan and Myanmar since 1988: A Liberalist Approach
  • Governance and Administrative Reform: A Comparative Study of Japan and Afghanistan
  • From “Political and Economic Separation” to “Cold Politics and Hot Economy”: The Crux of the 2012 Problem in China-Japan Relations

Recent Ph.D. Dissertation Titles:

  • Theory of Civil Society Development within State-Society Synergy: A Case Study of Uzbekistan
  • Comparative Study of State-led Development in Myanmar (1988-2010) and Suharto’s Indonesia: An Approach from the Developmental State Theory
  • Institutionalization in Philippine Decentralization: Rethinking the Bureaucratic Imperative in Governance
  • New Trends in Inter-firm Relations in the Brazilian Automobile Industry
  • National Treatment Principle in GATS: A Study of Vietnam’s Insurance Services Market
  • Prescribing Standards for Access To Research Tool Patents In Biomedical Industry-Treading the Fine Line Between Monopolization and Abuse of Dominant Position
  • Indonesian Tax Administration Reform: Toward Good Governance Practices
  • Cambodia Decentralizes: Making Khum/Sangkat Work-Toward an Inclusive Design
  • Regional Arrangements Under WTO/GATT Rules: A View from the Intervention of the Dispute Settelement Mechanism
  • S&D under the WTO Agreements in the Era of Diversification among Developing Countries
  • Analysis of the Prosecutorial Activity of the Supreme Audit Institution of Peru

Positions Held by Program Graduates

Master’s Program Graduates:
  1. Consultant Co. for Japan’s Local Rehabilitation, NHK(Staff for “Asia & World” etc.), private co. like Asahi Newspaper, Research Institute of Daiwa, Asian Department in Stock Co. NEC, Brother, Local Government Servicers etc.
  2. JICA contract staffs (for Indonesian local autonomy, monitoring for secondary education, support activities for Palestine), JICA Training Office of Chubu Region, JETRO, Research Staff for Japanese Embassy, Japan Foundation, NPO staffs
  3. Government staffs for Indonesia (National and Local), Vietnam and Cambodia (foreign students),
  4. University teaching staffs after going to Doctor’s Course (See item 3 below)
Doctoral Program Graduates:
  1. Staff for anti-corruption at World Bank Indonesia Office, Indonesian Office Staff of JBIC, Research Expert of JICA, UNDP Brazil, Oxfam related NGO in Australia, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), ADB Institute, etc.
  2. Congressman and Mayor in the Philippines, high ranking staffs of Indonesian and Vietnamese bureaucracy
  3. Universities like Fukuoka International University, Nagoya University, Nagoya Keizai University, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Toyama University, Seibo Jogakuin Junior College, Autonomous University of Mexico, Gadjah Mada (Indonesia), University of the Philippines Los Banos, Kassesat University (Thailand), University of Brasilia, Wollongong University (Australia), China University of Political Science and Law, University of Malaya (Malaysia), Yangon University, (Myanmar), etc.

Curriculum (Click to download a pdf file.)