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Teaching Materials for Junior High School Students

Teaching Materials for Junior High School Students

Why Do We Need Laws and Rules? ~Laws and Us~

  Teaching materials for teachers to carry out law-related education for junior high school students.
  Booklets (created in FY 2014) and audiovisual materials (created in FY 2018).
    Teaching materials were created to make it easy for teachers who have been involved in law-related education, as well as those who have experienced hesitation when working with law-related education in classes.

   The booklet consists of four subjects based on familiar and specific cases: "rulemaking", "private law and consumer protection", "the significance of the constitution" and "the judiciary". It also contains content that students can review independently.
 In addition, there are practical teaching materials that clearly describe the flow of lessons and points to be considered, such as incorporating lesson plans and worksheets for an actual lesson, and the relationship between each subject and the Course of Study is described so that they can be used in schools.

 The audiovisual materials are animated versions of the booklet contents.
   Each of the animations on "rulemaking", "private law and consumer protection", "our lives and the constitution" and "the judiciary” are about 20 minutes long.
   They are divided into chapters by scene such as "proposing problems" and "commentary" with the law-related education mascot character "Hourisu-kun", and it is possible not only to copy it in its entirety but also to use it partially depending on the class plan.
   
 

 Download all booklet teaching materials together here[PDF]

 Links to the audiovisual materials are to the Ministry of Justice’s YouTube channel.

 Please inquire below if you would like to receive the booklets or audiovisual materials (DVD).
   2nd Judicial System Section, Judicial System Division, Judicial System Department, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Justice
   Email : houkyouiku@i.moj.go.jp

Content of teaching materials

 Subject 1
[Booklet]
Rulemaking    
[PDF]
[Audiovisual material] (Approx. 15 mins.)
Rulemaking


 
Video without subtitles
[Word/compressed file] Video with subtitles
(Japanese)

 
[Content]
By thinking about familiar problems with waste collection sites and experiencing rulemaking as a way to resolve them, students will understand the importance of following laws and rules.
  
 Subject 2
[Booklet]
Private Law and Consumer Protection   
[PDF] [Audiovisual material] (Approx. 22 mins.)
Private Law and Consumer Protection
Video without subtitles
[Word/compressed file] Video with subtitles
(Japanese)

 
[Content]
Students will learn about the “freedom of contract”, which is the basic principle of private law, and the corrective principle of “consumer protection” through familiar shopping examples, and understand the value of laws in terms of fairness and to be cautious when entering into a contract.
 
 Subject 3
[Booklet]
Significance of the Constitution    
[PDF] [Audiovisual material] (Approx. 24 mins.)
Our Lives and the Constitution
Video without subtitles
 
[Word/compressed file] Video with subtitles
(Japanese)

 
[Content]
Through familiar examples such as majority decisions in class meetings, students will think about "things that we should decide together" and "things that we should not decide together", and understand that the constitution prescribes three things: national sovereignty, respect for basic human rights, and the separation of the three branches of government.
   
 Subject 4 
[Booklet]
The Judiciary    
[PDF] [Audiovisual material] (Approx. 21 mins.)
The Judiciary
Video without subtitles
[Word/compressed file] Video with subtitles
(Japanese)

 
[Content]
By thinking about the role of the people involved in trials through a civil trial concerning a traffic accident and an example of an incident resulting in an injury on a train, students will understand the mechanisms and functions of fair trials based on the law.

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