Hitotsubashi University Faculty of Law

Coming from China to Japan for antitrust law research

Master of Laws
W currently works at a private company.

  There are two reasons I decided to study abroad in Japan. One is my interest in the Japanese language and culture. When I was a high school student, I selected Japanese as my second foreign language, and as I studied Japanese, my interest in Japanese culture grew stronger. The second reason is that I wanted to acquire greater knowledge of Japan. In particular, I was very interested in law and international trade. While China’s economy has grown radically in recent years, various economic and trading problems have emerged along with the rapid growth. I thought that China needed a more advanced legal system and decided to study abroad in Japan, a country that is more advanced than China in many areas.

 The reason I chose the Graduate School of Law at Hitotsubashi University was that it offered an environment to study antitrust law, which I wanted to study in greater depth. In graduate school, I took courses related to antitrust law, company law, and international trade law. While the number of courses that graduate students in the master’s program must take is fewer than that required of undergraduates, courses in the master’s program are tougher because students are required to make three to four presentations per week. While managing my time efficiently and addressing various issues in those courses, I committed myself to the study of the extraterritorial application of antitrust law, which is my area of research.

 Immediately after entering the Graduate School of Law, I decided to work in Japan after graduation. This was because I wanted to leverage the expertise and experience I acquired in Japan and repay Japan for giving me the opportunity to study. In the summer of my first year in the master’s program, I told my supervisor about my future plan to work in Japan. Since then, my supervisor provided much support and advice. I also received lots of information on job-hunting in Japan from people in the Career Support Office, which led to the acquisition of a desired job.

 In the future, I plan to play a leading role not only in Japan, but also overseas by leveraging what I learned in the master’s program.