Makoto Arai

"Guardianship and Special Needs Trusts: How Might Japan and Missouri Learn from Each Other?"

November 4, 2013


Makoto Arai is a Professor of Law at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan (Tama Campus). Professor Arai is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at Keio University and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. He was formerly Dean of the Law School at Tsukuba University. His research interests include the use of the trust system in an aging society and the encouragement of better utilization of adult guardianship. His major works include Trust Law (3rd ed., 2008); Visions of the Trust Law System (co-author, 2011); and Visions of the Adult Guardianship Law System (co-author, 2011). Professor Arai has also authored numerous articles and is particularly noted for his work in comparative law. He received the Humboldt Research Award in 2006, and was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2010. He is also the president of the Japan Adult Guardianship Association and a standing director of the Japan Association for the Law of Trust.