Atsushi Kinami is a professor of law at Kyoto University, where he has taught courses on the U. S. legal system and been engaged in comparative research on American and Japanese law since 1983. His Japanese publications include a book, and numerous articles and book chapters on topics on constitutional law and negotiable instruments to trust law. At the University of Michigan Law School he has taught Japanese Legal System (fall 1997), Comparative Family Law (co-taught with Professor Carl E. Schneider, winter 2002), and Reading Japanese Law (winter 2009). He has an LLB from Kyoto University and an LLM from Michigan Law. He served on the section of the Legislative Council of the Ministry of Justice for legislation on electronically recorded debts, and on the study group on internationalization of Japan's financial and capital markets of the Financial System Council.