Student B, Department of Law
Student K, Department of Political Science
Student A, Department of Political Science
Student O, Third-year Law School Student (2019 Department of Law graduate)
Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Keio University (Graduated 2012)
Student B, Department of Law
An interest in debate is why I chose the Faculty of Law and why I would recommend it to all prospective students.
I belong to a club called the Keio Debate Squad, in which we dedicate ourselves to impromptu English debates. In January 2019, the club attended the World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) in South Africa, the world’s largest university debate competition, becoming champions in the English as a Foreign Language category and taking home the 2019 President’s Award.
The tournament was exhilarating, and we faced an elite opponent from the University of Oxford in the first round. Doing mental gymnastics, I could feel myself growing in real-time, which I really enjoyed. Competing alongside the world’s best debaters, and seeing the top of the world through friendly rivalry, was an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
In Japan, people tend to dislike argument and debate. There is even a word, herikutsu, used to deride “argument for argument’s sake,” and I feel that this aspect of the culture is hindering Japan’s development. As the future leaders of Japan, we must acquire the ability to argue and reason with the world.
I am studying negotiation, leadership, antitrust law, and international competition law in seminars under Professor Jiro Tamura. In particular, I want to learn more about negotiation and leadership, so I am currently on an exchange program at the University of Melbourne, Australia, studying organizational theory with a focus on management.
The Department of Law at the Faculty of Law offers the chance to live a varied and stimulating life because of the diversity of people you get to interact with. And because much of jurisprudence itself is based on resolving disputes, there is a culture that values discussion and can enhance one’s ability to debate.
The possibilities at the Faculty of Law are endless, with many opportunities at your fingertips to study abroad and learn from professors working on the leading edge of their fields. Take advantage of these opportunities, and you will develop skills that will last a lifetime.
I am a member of the Keio Cheer Group. As a new student, I simply wanted to throw myself headfirst into something. In high school, I did competitive cheerleading and participated in competitions, but in university, I wanted to do something, not for myself, but something that would empower others, so I decided to join the Keio Cheer Group.
As an organization that contributes to Keio University in a wide range of ways, the Keio Cheer Group is mainly involved in cheering for the Athletic Association, participating in school events, and working with the Mita-kai (Alumni Association). The club is filled with people who are passionate and serious in everything they do, and no matter what year student you are, you will learn and discover new things in the Keio Cheer Group.
The most rewarding moments are when you see your efforts reflected in the athletes and fans who are happy that they chose Keio. These are the experiences that drive me, feeling the connection among the Keio community as the audience unites to sing “Wakaki-chi” or “Oka no Ue.”
While it can be challenging to engage in an activity that itself has no clear wins or losses, this ambiguity offers endless possibilities where we can pursue new styles of cheer specific to our generation. Our squad is a diverse group unsatisfied with the status quo that is expected to take cheering in new and exciting directions.
To make that happen, I feel myself drawing on my ability to see things from multiple perspectives, a skill developed through my studies at the Faculty of Law. As a Political Thought and Political Philosophy major, I have learned that there are many ways to think about something, that there are no right answers, and that we have many opportunities to apply even the most abstract and complex ideas in our daily lives.
I believe that the Faculty of Law is a place that helps you grow into a bigger and better person. I sincerely hope that your student life will be a rewarding one filled with wonderful encounters.