Volume 43 of the Journal of Japanese Law/Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht has been published. The titles of the articles can be found on our website under the tab "Journal". The Journal is made available to members of the DJJV at no cost. It can also be purchased publicly. For further information on the journal please visit


Mr. Katsutoshi KANEDA, Japanese Minister of Justice, invited five members of the board of DJJV for lunch on the occasion of his official state visit to Germany in January 2017.
The delegation accompanying the minister included Mr. Yutaka MATSUMOTO, Director Secretarial Division Minister’s Secretariat, Mr. Makoto KATAYAMA Secretary to the Minister of Justice, Ms. Miho IKEDA, Attorney Deputy Director Secretarial Division, Minister's Secretariat, and Mr. Hideshiro KARASAWA, Attorney, Criminal  Affairs Bureau.
A stimulating exchange of views were taking place. Among others topics, the future cooperation regarding information on new legal developments in Japan were discussed.



On 22 June 2016 on the occasion of the 10th joint symposium of the German and Japanese Ministries of Justice in Berlin Dr. Jan Grotheer was awarded the Merit Cross 1st Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by State Secretary Christiane Wirtz in the presence of Mr. Inada, Japanese Vice Minister of Justice.

The award is given to Dr. Grotheer in particular for honoring his engagement of German-Japanese relations, but also for his merits in the legal exchange with Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

The Board of the DJJV is delighted and congratulates the President on his honor.

Prof. Dr. Harald Baum, Vice President